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Learn to Row Program

September 18 - October 27

Learn to Row will begin on September 18th and will run for approximately six weeks concluding in or around October 28th with a demonstration regatta. Practices run five days a week after school in the afternoons, and transportation to and from Thompson Boat Center (TBC) is provided as part of your registration fee. All participants who register are required to have a current physical, complete the SR8 County Pre-Participation form, and take a Whitman Crew delivered swim test prior to starting the program.

The cost for this year’s Learn to Row Program will be $660 per rower (paid in full either by credit card during registration, or by check received prior to the first day of Learn to Row on 9/18). Click here to register. 


Checks versus online payment for Learn to Row Registration

If you complete your online registration, but plan to mail a check instead of paying online please mail all checks to our Treasurer:

Whitman Crew Boosters, Inc.
PO Box 135
Cabin John, MD 20818
ATTN: Treasurer

Parent Volunteer Requirement

We ask every active Rower's Family to volunteer a total of 10 hours throughout the course of entire season.

Volunteer opportunities are not limited only to regatta support, your hours might involve participation as a distribution person for our Annual Wreath, Garland and Candle sale, or maybe your preference is to prepare food prior to a regatta for others to serve. From towing our food trailer to a Regatta, to helping coordinate the end of the year banquet. Opportunities are endless. 

To make it easy we've started posting our volunteer opportunities through a seamless online tool called DIBS, see link below.

To be a volunteer you simply need the intention and access to the internet so you can sign up for an opportunity that best suits you. 

Thank you in advance for your support. 

Metro to TBC

If you'd rather have your Rower try a Metro option with a small walk they can get off at Foggy Bottom and follow these directions.

Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station
2301 I St NW
Washington, DC 20037, USA

Walking approximately 0.5 mi - about 11 mins
  1. Head south on 23rd St NW
33 ft
  2. Turn right toward 24th St NW
374 ft
  3. Turn left onto 24th St NW
33 ft
  4. Turn right onto I St NW
115 ft
  5. Turn left onto New Hampshire Ave NW
0.1 mi

At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Virginia Ave NW

Partial restricted usage road
Destination will be on the left

LEARN TO ROW: What to Expect

The first two days of the program will be land-based at Whitman High School.  Rowers will use ergometers (ergs) to learn how to coordinate the timing of the motion of their legs, arms and torso.  After that,  rowers will be transported by bus to Thompson Boat Center (TBC), weather-permitting, for practices.  Transportation costs between Whitman and TBC are included in your registration fee.  

WHAT TO WEAR:  No uniform is required for Learn to Row.  Remember that it is often 5-10 degrees cooler on the water.  Plan to have a long sleeve shirt for later in the fall.   

Boys - Spandex bottoms (resembling bike shorts) and a wicking shirt / tank top. Very loose shorts and shirts are apt to get caught on oars and sliding seats.  AVOID COTTON.  Once you are on the water, you will get wet - either splashed while on the boat or when you take the boat out of the water.  Wear running shoes in the event you run during practice.

Girls - Spandex bottoms (resembling bike shorts) and a wicking or spandex shirt / tank top. Very loose shorts and shirts are apt to get caught on oars and sliding seats.  AVOID COTTON.  Once you are on the water, you will get wet - either splashed while on the boat or when you take the boat out of the water.  Wear running shoes in the event you run during practice.

WHAT TO BRING:  Change of clothes, including socks (many rowers choose to wear socks on the boat which will get wet).   Large water bottle.  Sunglasses or a hat (or both).  Snacks for the bus ride back.  You'll be starving.  It is also recommended that you have a portable charger for your phone.  Phones notoriously deplete their batteries by the bus ride home.  The bus can be late upon returning to Whitman and it is helpful to have enough power to alert family about your ETA.

WEATHER: Students will row rain or shine, unless the river is too rough or there is lightening.  Practice is seldom cancelled in the fall.  In the event conditions on the river don't permit rowing, practice will be held at Whitman.  Coaches typically make this decision by lunchtime.  Rowers and those registered with Sports Engine will be notified by email.    

ATTENDANCE:  ALWAYS discuss expected absences with your coach.  Your attendance can impact your teammates.  If there are not enough students to fill a boat, 7 other rowers and a coxswain may be unable to practice.  During the spring season, your attendance may impact coaching decisions at regattas.  Please be respectful of coaches and teammates by communicating early and clearly with your coaches.    

Getting to TBC

If you wish to park in Georgetown, you can drive to the Swedish Embassy at the corner of 30th and K. TBC is a 3-minute walk from there.


Even closer than the Swedish Embassy is the TBC parking lot. Here’s how to get there from Whitman. Note that you cannot drive this route as of 3:45 p.m. weekdays because Rock Creek Parkway closes in this direction during rush hour.

  • Start at Walt Whitman High School, Take WHITTIER BLVD to RIVER RD
  • Left on RIVER RD - going toward the Giant Store - go 1.6 mi
  • Right on LITTLE FALLS PKY - go 0.5 mi
  • Left on MASSACHUSETTS AVE - go 4.7, past the Naval Observatory
  • Right on WATERSIDE DR NW - go 0.2 mi
  • Go about 1.5 miles, looking for the Thompson Boat Center sign on the right. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your right at the first light, at the intersection of Virginia Ave. and Rock Creek Parkway.

Reimbursement Policy

Reimbursements are granted according to our board approved reimbursement policy below. Families who believe they qualify can submit their requests by completing the reimbursement form below after reading the required qualify factors in the policy. The form is not fillable. You need to complete, print, scan and email your completed form directly to the Board President, Kristen Mboijana or our Treasurer, Tom Olin.