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AARC Open Sweep Program



Program Description

The Open Sweep Program is suitable for experienced rowers and those who have progressed from the Technical Sweep Program. The head coach of Open Sweep Program will define the criteria for participation in the program (entry and continuation). Rowers in the Open Sweep Program have a range of skills, experience and goals. Coaches strive to create practice plans and lineups that focus on improving fitness and developing and refining rowing techniques for all rowers  - from those who wish to row recreationally to those looking to compete at top levels.  

Open rowers may participate in any sweep practices, as well as Club Sculling practices (based on head sculling coach approval).

Requirements

  • Previous rowing experience or permission from Open Sweep Head Coach
  • Club membership - Full member (paid)
  • Enroll and pay for seasonal Open Sweep/Sculling programs* (Fees and Registration) (Please read our Refund Policy before committing to a program)
  • Complete USRowing SafeSport Training

*Open Sweep/Sculling Program includes access to both sweep and sculling practices and equipment.

For those new to AARC with previous rowing experience, please contact info@a2crew.com to schedule a guest row before joining the program.



2024 Open Sweep Practice Schedules

Spring, Summer & first two weeks of Fall (April 1 - September ?)
WE ARRIVE AT TIME POSTED BELOW
TO ALLOW FOR TIME TO LAUNCH 15 MINUTES LATER

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning (5:15-7 AM) Coach  Captain Captain
Coach Captain   
Morning (6:15-8:30 AM)           Coach
Evening (6:15-8 PM)   Coach Coach  Captain Coach    


Fall Practice Schedule (Coming soon)
WE ARRIVE AT TIME POSTED BELOW
TO ALLOW FOR TIME TO LAUNCH 15 MINUTES LATER

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning (5:15-7 AM) Coach
Captain
Captain
Captain
Morning(6:15-8:30 AM)
Coach
Evening (6:15-8 PM) Coach Coach Coach Coach


 


What's a Captain's Practice?

Captains will be selected to coordinate un-coached practice sessions (see tables above) through all on-water seasons. Captains will relay the coach’s workout plan and make any necessary adjustments to the line-ups. They also will communicate with coxswains and safety launch drivers and make sure the un-coached practices run safely and smoothly.


Rower-Coxswains


AARC rowers are expected to contribute to practices by taking a turn in the coxswain seat of the boat. We track when people row and cox and ask that all members work to maintain a ratio of coxing one practice for every 5-6 rowing practices they attend. We keep the information updated in the Row/Cox Tally Weekly Report found on the member's home page. The coaches use this information to boat people for practices. More information on coxing can be found here: Coxswain Information.

Those who can't cox for some reason (i.e., size) can instead be certified to drive a safety launch (SLD) for a captain's practice to meet their obligations.

Advance sign-up for practices

Advance sign-up helps make the most of practice time. It facilitates effective line-ups and avoids the need for rowers to switch in/out of boats and send rowers home. 

To be assigned a seat in practice, rowers must sign up WEEKLY with their availability for the next week. Your sign-up is due by noon Thursday of the week prior. The sign-ups are compiled into a schedule of daily line-ups that are posted (via link) on the club’s website home page by Sunday for that week's practices. It is important to regularly check the schedule on website before any practice for changes.

Once you have signed-up and been boated, attendance at practice is mandatory. Please refer to Attendance Policy for Sweep Rowing

Racing!

Interested members are encouraged to race in regattas. During the summer and fall racing season, the club will attend a number of local, regional, and national regattas. See the Regatta Participation page for more information on racing. 
 
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AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
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