MITRC welcomes new members throughout the year (and we are always looking for coxswains!) Though most MITRCers are graduate students, our membership is open to all MIT affiliates and also includes undergraduates, postdocs, alumni, faculty, staff, and spouses/partners of MIT affiliates. See below for eligibility requirements.

Experienced rowers and coxswains are welcome to join us on the water during the fall, spring, and summer seasons. We also offer Learn-to-Row programs for novice rowers with no previous experience during the fall, spring and summer seasons. Our winter training season is free and open to any MIT affiliate. If you are interested in joining the MIT Rowing 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  


MIT Rowing Club is part of MIT's Club Sports program and is subject to the same eligibility requirements as all club sports at MIT. Per those requirements:

"The club sports program is open to all MIT affiliates. For club sports, an MIT affiliate is defined as an MIT undergraduate or graduate student, alum, or faculty or staff member. In addition, any cross-registered student or student employed at MIT, usually from Harvard or Wellesley, is considered an affiliate. The spouse of any of the above classifications is also considered an MIT affiliate. College-age children of affiliates are considered affiliates if they are at least 18 years old."(

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 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 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. 

Learn-to-Row & Novice Program

No experience is necessary to join as a novice; we will teach you everything you need to know! Our Learn-to-Row program is lead by experienced coaches and typically enrolls 15-20 beginners per season. 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.

Competitive & Racing Program

MIT Rowing Club offers opportunities for experienced rowers to train and compete at a high level. Members of the men's and women's comp teams commit to regular training sessions and participate in several regattas throughout the year. In the past year, regattas have included the Head of the Charles, New Hampshire Championships, the Cromwell Cup, the Textile River Regatta in Lowell, the Mayor's Cup in Providence and the Wharton Sprints in Philadelphia, among others. Racing line-ups are made at the discretion of the coaches.

Recreational Rowing

Rowing is a great way to stay fit, and MITRC members have the opportunity to commit to as many (or as few) practice sessions per week as they like to suit their schedules and fitness goals.


MITRC currently only offers opportunities for sweep rowing. If you are interested in learning to scull, MIT runs 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. See the DAPER website for more information.


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 if you are interested in becoming a coxswain. In recognition of their essential role and commitment, full time coxswains pay no dues. Part-time coxswains pay reduced dues.


We charge dues on a per-season basis (Spring, Summer and Fall). Dues cover the costs of coaching salary, boathouse rental, and equipment maintenance. Dues for novices and experienced rowers range between $120 and $150 per season, depending on the program, number of days per week of rowing, coxing discounts, etc. Full-time coxswains do not pay dues, and part-time coxswains receive substantial discounts. There are no dues associated with winter training.