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AARC Open Sweep Program
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Previous rowing experience* or permission from Open Head Coach
  • Club membership:
    • Full member (paid) OR
    • Novice member (with permission from Open Head Coach)
  • Enroll and pay for seasonal programs (Current Fees)
  • Please read our Refund Policy prior to committing to a program

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

Program Description
The Open 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). Open practices are focused on improving fitness and developing more advanced rowing techniques.  Open rowers may participate in any morning and evening practices, as well as Club Sculling practices (based on head sculling coach approval).  

Spring Schedule 2021 (June 1 - July 2)
First two weeks- captains' practices only
Last two weeks- coached & captains' practices

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning (5:15-7 AM) Coached  Captains' Captains'
Coached Coached   
Morning (6:15-8 AM)     '     Captains'
Evening (6:15-8 PM)   Coached Coached  Captains' Coached    

Summer Practice Schedule 2021 (July 5 -August 29)
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday  Friday Saturday
Morning (5:15-7 AM) Coached
 Captains' Captains'
Morning (6:15-8:30 AM)
Evening (6:15-8:30 PM)  Coached  Coached  Captains' Coached

Fall Practice Schedule 2021 (August 30-October 26)
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning (5:15-7 AM) Coached
Morning(6:15-8:30 AM)
Evening (6:15-8PM) Coached Coached Coached Coached


What's a Captains' 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 that the
un-coached practices run safely and smoothly. 



All members are encouraged to race in regattas. 
During the summer and fall racing season the club will attend a number of regattas.  The summer sprint season culminates in racing at Masters Nationals and the Club will attend 2-3 races leading up to it, including Michigan Club Invitational that AARC hosts each July on Argo pond.  The Fall Head Racing season culminates with the Head of the Charles and typically also includes 1-2 additional head races throughout the midwest.

For the two major regattas of the year (Masters Nationals and Head of the Charles) the Head Coach will poll all members at the beginning of the season to gauge interest.  From that pool the Head Coach will work to identify the priority boats.  

See the Regatta Participation page for more information on racing. 


All AARC rowers are expected to contribute to practices by either coxing boats or driving safety launches. Please read the information linked below and remember to take the coxing quiz (located on the home page).

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 with their availability by noon, Thursday the week prior. A schedule of daily line-ups will be posted on the club’s website on the home page. It is important to check schedule on website before practice for changes.

Attendance at pre-scheduled practices is mandatory. Please refer to Attendance Policy for Sweep Rowing

 MonTuesWed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Morning (5:30-7 AM)        Evening (6:30-8 PM)        
 MonTuesWed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Morning (5:30-7 AM)        Evening (6:30-8 PM)        

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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