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Where is it located?
Classes take place at Community Rowing’s Harry Parker Boathouse located at 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton MA 02135 with individual practicums throughout Greater Boston.

When does the program start?
The program starts the first Monday of July annually with a week-long orientation preceding it.

What will a typical day look like?
In the summer, fellows have their coaching practicums in the mornings and have classes that follow in the afternoons from 1:00PM - 5:00PM. During the school year, classes are scheduled in the middle of the day, typically 9:30AM - 2:30PM, to ensure that fellows will not have conflicts with their coaching practicums.

Are there any breaks during the year?
Yes. The academic year is scheduled to include a weeklong break after the first and third quarters with a two week winter break after the second quarter.

Who teaches the courses?
Courses are taught by selected Boston-area experts, including professors from surrounding colleges and universities, professionals in related fields, and coaches from the Boston rowing community.

How many hours per week will I spend coaching?
Fellows spend 16-20 hours per week coaching during the summer, fall, and spring quarters. The practicum for the winter term requires a reduced time commitment to accommodate the increase in coursework for the term.

How many hours per week will I spend in class?
On average, fellows will spend 16-20 hours in the classroom.

Will I coach crews at regattas?
After the summer session, for their coaching practicums fellows will be matched with competitive teams that compete at local, regional, and national regattas. The expectation is that they accompany their respective teams to these competitions as well as on training trips.

What is the cost?
The application fee is $50. Upon admittance, to secure their spot in the program, accepted fellows must submit a $1,000 deposit, which will be credited toward tuition. Tuition is $28,500 for the year.

Can I enroll part time?
No, the program is designed to integrate the academic content and practicum experiences.

What if I have no prior experience with coaching rowing?
As the program provides comprehensive training, both in regards to academic content and authentic coaching experiences, no prior coaching experience is required.

Is there any financial aid available?
Yes. In line with CRI’s motto, “Rowing for All,” the IRL admits fellows on a need blind basis. Therefore, the application packet includes questions regarding the prospective fellow’s previous year's income. However, this information will only be used to determine the fellow’s financial aid package and will not be considered for admission.

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