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Starting with AARC
The mission of the Ann Arbor Rowing Club is to provide and promote a safe, affordable, and educationally rewarding rowing experience for residents of Ann Arbor and the surrounding area.
How you get started rowing with AARC depends upon several things:
  • The time of year
  • The type of rowing
  • Your previous rowing experience
  • Your age
What time of year is it?
From April 1 through October, AARC's full roster of on-water programs are available

Between December and March, AARC offers a Winter Training program, of on-land, group erging practices (using rowing machines).
What type of rowing? The sport of "rowing" encompasses two basic forms--sweep rowing and sculling

Sweep rowing is when each rower has one oar.  Boats are comprised of 2, 4, or 8 people and often have a coxswain.

Sculling is when each rower has two oars.  Sculling is typically done in a single but can also be accomplished in boats of 2 or 4 rowers.  Sculling does not have coxswains.
What is your rowing experience?

If you're new to the sport, then you will begin by enrolling in the appropriate learning class. See the section below, "Membership & Programs." 

If you have rowed or sculled previously, you may be able to join one of our programs directly. AARC asks that you come row with us for a guest row/evaluation prior to signing up to ensure appropriate placement. See the section below, "Guest Rowers." 
 Your age

AARC has primarily an adult membership, due to the fact that local high schools also have rowing teams, however, all AARC's programs are available to rowers who are starting high school or are older.
Our Inclusive Program has additional options for rowers 12 and older, who qualify.

 Membership & Programs
AARC is a membership-operated, community club.  Participation in our programs requires AARC membership and program subscription(s). Fees are paid based on the program and season.

We have lots of information on the AARC Membership page, explaining the meaning of membership.

We also have lots of information for each of our programs on the individual program pages below:
Guest Rowers  AARC welcomes guest rowers.

- Visitors to the area who are experienced rowers (sweep or sculling) may to join us for a few coached practices.
- Guest rowers considering membership with AARC, who have rowed or sculled previously, are invited to attend a coached practice as a GUEST for evaluation prior to signing up to ensure appropriate program placement.

ALL GUESTS, please do the following:
  • Please take a look at our Guest Rower Policy
  • Sign our Guest/Volunteer Agreement and Waiver
  • Fill in our information form at least 2 weeks ahead of your visit, so we can coordinate a time for you to attend practice.
  • After your guest row, if you would like to join an appropriate program (pending coaches' approval), go to the Fees and Registration page.  Make sure to read and sign the Joining Agreement and Rowing Waiver.  Once you have done that, you may register. 

Have more questions...still not sure?  Contact us at ...we are here to help!

AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
AARC is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations made to AARC may be eligible for tax deduction.  Please check with your tax consultant.
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