We are always looking for new rowers and coxswains! Experienced rowers are welcome to join us during the fall, spring, and summer seasons. Novice rowers with no previous experienced in rowing are encouraged to join our beginner classes in the fall and summer. Coxswains can join anytime. If you are interested in participating with the club, the first step is to subscribe yourself to the general MITRC mailing list by following the link below. This is a relatively low volume, moderated list that is used to announce the beginning of seasons and relay other general club information.
Please see the sections below for more information on how the club works. If there are any unanswered questions, feel free to contact the MITRC officers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hold three 8-week seasons during the fall, spring, and summer months. During the seasons, we practice Monday through Friday from 6-8 am at MIT's Pierce Boathouse. Rowers can decide how many days per week they want to row and all practices are led by our professional coaches.
No experience is necessary to join as a novice; we will teach you everything you need to know. During the fall and summer seasons, we train a group of 10-15 beginners how to row. This begins with land training on rowing machines and in the indoor rowing tanks to learn the stroke and commands. You will quickly transition into practices on the Charles in an 8-person boat. Novices typically meet two days per week.
All club sports participants at MIT must hold a valid Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) membership, including MITRC members. The DAPER membership is included in tuition for MIT and Wellesley undergraduate and graduate students. More information about DAPER membership types and fees can be found here:
Note that a DAPER membership gives you access to all of MIT's other recreational facilities, including cardio and strength training facilities, various pools around campus, squash and tennis courts, etc. Please consult the DAPER site for additional details. MITRC members must be able to pass the MIT boat test:
We are always looking for coxswains! Coxswains are an integral part of any crew: they are critical to safety on the water, navigating the river, strategically maneuvering the boat during races, and motivating the rowers. Furthermore, the coxswain is the communication link from coach to rowers during practice. It is a challenging but fun task that requires focus, decisiveness, and a keen sense of responsibility.
No rowing or coxing experience is necessary to become an MITRC coxswain. We'll teach you how to do it! You just need be able to fit into the coxswain's seat, have a positive attitude, and want to become part of a close-knit team. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a coxswain.
We charge dues on a per-season basis (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Dues cover the costs of coaching salary, boathouse rental, and equipment maintenance. Novices will pay approximately $100 for an 8-week season, while experienced rowers will typically pay between $130 and $180 per season, depending on the number of days per week of rowing. Coxswains do not pay dues, and there are no dues associated with winter training.
MITRC currently only offers opportunities for sweep rowing. If you are interested in learning to scull, the MIT varsity crew staff run a 4-week learn-to-scull program each summer. If you already know how to scull, you can purchase a sculling card that will give you access to the Pierce Boathouse and single-person recreational shells from April 1 through September 30 during specific hours. Please see the DAPER web page for more info: