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Community Rowing, Inc. provides outreach opportunities for over 2000 individuals who are underserved and/or underrepresented in the sport of rowing through our Military, Adaptive (now called Para Rowing), and Let’s Row Boston programs.  

Para Rowing
Community Rowing is proud to provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, along with an amazing coaching staff, to bring a variety of adaptive rowing programs to youth and adults. CRI is an approved USOC Paralympic Sports Club and is a partner of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. We work with people who have a variety of physical and intellectual disabilities, and our staff works with each participant to determine how CRI can best meet their individual needs within the program. See more

Boys Row Boston/Girls Row Boston
Our Row Boston program ensures that all girls and boys in the Boston Public Schools have access to rowing opportunities that support their academic and personal achievement. We strive to:

  • Provide positive athletic experiences for students from the Boston Public Schools
  • Develop in all our participants skills that are inherent to rowing that transfer to school and career such as teamwork, responsibility, self discipline and best effort
  • Provide academic support that keeps youth on track for high school graduation and college success
  • Engage BPS youth with the broader rowing community so that they may leverage the career and college connections that the sport of rowing offers

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Military Rowing
CRI provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and experienced coaching staff to bring a variety of rowing programs to our military men and women. CRI welcomes all military rowers, including those with physical disabilities.  Through generous community and foundation support, veterans and active duty service men and women participate at CRI at no charge. See more

Adult Intro to Rowing
CRI Adult Programs are for rowers of all athletic backgrounds and ages. We offer a variety of programs to match skill level and competitive interest. Have you never done anything athletic? We welcome you! All our programs take place in one of the most beautiful locations on Boston’s Charles River and in a brand new boathouse that’s won international recognition. See more

Intro to Rowing
Intro to Rowing is our basic introductory sweep class that will get you on the Charles and learning the basics in no time. Sweep rowing is done primarily in large 8-person shells (known as 8’s) and each rower handles one oar at a time. Class begins in the 12 person catamaran allowing participants the opportunity to learn rowing terminology and technique in a very stable environment. The rowers will become familiar with rowing terminology, the fundamentals of technique, and learn to row in a fun group environment. Upon successful completion of Intro to Rowing, students can progress to Novice Sweeps. This is perfect for people of all fitness levels and previous athletic experience! See more

Sculling 1
Sculling One really encompasses the CRI mission of getting every one on the water no matter what. Rowers in Sculling One will learn the traffic patterns of the river, how to navigate, and how to row. Rowers will embark onto the Charles in safe stable Alden shells. The coaches of Sculling one do a great job creating a safe fun environment for the new CRI sculler. See more

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Novice Sweeps
Already completed Intro to Rowing? Your next step is Novice Sweeps! Expect to experience more of the grace and power of rowing as you work on skills and fitness. See more

Sweeps 1
Do you already have some rowing experience and are eager to improve your technique, fitness level, and strength? Join Sweeps I to build your rowing skills and work in a group environment while enjoying the beauty and excitement of the Charles River! See more

Sweeps 2
The final level of our recreational program, Sweeps 2 is for athletes of all ages who have a solid background in rowing and now want to take their skills to the next level while challenging their fitness and strength. If you love the raw power and excitement of 8’s rowing, the camaraderie of a team environment, and the chance to work on your own technical goals, then you’ll enjoy Sweeps 2. See more

Sculling 1-4
Sculling programs are the best way to take control of your Charles River experience!  Come and glide through the water in a personal rowing boat!  Begin with Sculling 1 and get an introduction to the sport in our stable training boats. Next, take Sculling 2 where you will transition to less stable singles and build on your skills.  In Sculling 3, you will be rowing in team boats and see parts of the river you have never been!  Finally enroll in Sculling 4 to refine your technique and take the Captain’s Test to become a “free range” sculler. This makes you eligible to participate in CRI’s Logbook Sculling program where, you will have access to single person club boats to take out on your own. See more

Logbook Sculling
Logbook Sculling is for the rower who has passed the CRI Captains Test and cleared to row CRI club singles. Boats and Oars are available on a first-come first-serve basis. There is an additional test for the 2x. These tests are for the rower’s safety. Logbook sculling is a great way to gain access to one of the best rowing spots in the country. See more

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Men’s Competitive Team
The CRI Competitive Men’s team is a year long coached program giving experienced rowers over the age of 21 the opportunity to train seriously, receive top-notch coaching, and compete both locally and nationally. The team participates in roughly eight events a year, providing rowers with a chance to compete in eights and fours and small boats. See more

Women’s Competitive Team
The CRI Competitive Women’s team is a year long program giving experienced rowers the opportunity to train seriously, receive top-notch coaching, and compete both locally and nationally.  See more

Learn to Row
Learn to Row is an introductory non-competitive course, where rowers have a chance to try the sport in a fun and safe environment. They will learn rowing terminology, learn how to handle the equipment, and develop a basic set of skills which will further develop in Crew League or the Competitive Novice Program.  See more

Crew League
Crew League is a non-competitive program which begins to refine the skills developed in the Learn to Row program. The rowers will move from the barge, a skill development tool, to rowing in eight-person training shells. At the end of each week, the rowers will have a chance to engage in friendly intra-squad competition.

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YOUTH recreational ROWING

Youth Recreational Rowing
Recreational programs are for youth, ages 12-18, looking to row on the Charles River. Community Rowing Inc. offers a fun and inclusive experience, beginning with our Learn to Row program. Participants learn the basics of the sport, starting in the catamaran to reinforce basic skills and knowledge of rowing. As the skills develop the rowers graduate into the eight person shells after a few sessions! Rowers take turns in the coxswain seat to help their fellow classmates navigate the river safely. Once rowers complete the Learn to Row program they can progress onto Skills Development, Crew League, and Novice Competitive Rowing. Each program builds on the skills and experiences of the previous class, resulting in an inclusive learning environment. See more

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Youth Competitive Novice Rowing
The Novice Competitive Program prepares athletes for the Varsity Competitive Program the following year. Athletes train five-six days per week in a group environment, working towards individual and team goals throughout the year. They will build on the skills developed in the Learn to Row and Crew League Program and gain racing experience at the multiple regattas scheduled during the fall and spring racing seasons. Athletes interested in becoming a coxswain, whose job it is to steer the boat, are also encouraged to sign up. The Novice program runs in the fall and spring only, with an opportunity to train with the Varsity during the winter. See more

Youth Competitive Varsity Rowing
Our Nationally ranked award winning Competitive Varsity team is an ideal fit for athletes who have completed the Novice Rowing Program and are dedicated to improving their rowing skills and competing at a high level. Within a strong team environment, the rowers will challenge themselves both physically and mentally. Rowers practice six times per week and attend several weekend regattas each season. See more

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