Our Harbor Home

Our Harbor Home

To join the Santa Cruz Rowing Club,  you must see one of our US Rowing certified instructors. He or she will teach you how to row safely on open water.  They will determine when you are ready to row by yourself. The instructors will show you our equipment, how to clean and store it, and have you sign the relevant paperwork.

A list of our instructors can be found here.

Sunset Row

Sunset Row

It normally takes 4 lessons for a beginning rower to learn to row safely on their own, after which time they can become a member.  Experienced rowers also must contact an instructor for an orientation, but lessons are usually not necessary. 

Currently, our membership fees are $100/year, with the year starting in April. To use club boats, you can choose to pay per row ($20), get a 10-launch pass ($150), or unlimited rowing ($300). Membership fees can be paid at the annual members meeting or sent by mail to Santa Cruz Rowing Club, PO Box 2544, Santa Cruz, CA 95063. Per-row fees can be placed in labeled envelopes and left in the iron lockbox within the oar locker at the dock. In addition to the annual fees, members are also required to volunteer for 20 hours each year.

A special note: We do not have a weekly training program and only a few of our members participate in races. If you are looking to row crew and/or row competitively, contact Los Gatos Rowing Club at  LGRC has an extensive competitive juniors and masters program and focuses on improving rowing skills. Of course you are free to join both clubs!


Visiting Rowers

If you are an experienced sculler and visiting the area, we would love to take you for a row! We think every rower should get out on the ocean at least once, and nothing compares to Monterey Bay. You will certainly meet sea lions and otters, you’re likely to encounter seals and dolphins, and on a really lucky day you might even see whales. You will also get a feeling of rowing uphill and maybe ‘surf’ on the way home (don’t worry, we don’t actually row in breaking waves).

Our Aeros are much more stable than the average racing single so you don’t have to be an absolute pro. However, you must be comfortable in a single scull! Sweep rowers are unlikely to be comfortable handling two oars on a rocky ocean. Of course anyone can take a lesson with one of our instructors.

Experienced rowers looking to schedule a visit may contact Jeltje:


Click on these Links for SCRC Forms:


SCRC Boat Use Guidelines

Jeltje rowing a single scull

Jeltje rowing a single scull



  • Debbie Smith says:

    I am very interested in rowing (I’ve done it once and am none too coordinated). I’d like to know the cost to join before going much further. Your web site is informative and, if the cost isn’t prohibitive, I’ll contact one of the instructors you’ve listed. I’m a former triathlete whose running/cycling days are past and swimming doesn’t provide the aerobic exercise I need. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks, Debbie Smith

    • KC says:

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Rowing CLub. We are a volunteer organization. For Membership Interest, learning responsibility for the different rack stations, signing /club membership paperwork, Club Dues and how to check out a boat. Contact Jeltje
 email: Yinna

  • Brittany says:

    I was a varsity rower at San Diego state from 2001-2005, under 23 national team 2005, I would like to know more info about joining your club!

    • KC says:

      Hi! For Membership Interest, learning responsibility for the different rack stations, signing /club membership paperwork, Club Dues and how to check out a boat:
      Contact – Jeltje

      email: Yinna

  • Vaneza Lee says:

    Hello, may I have some information on what the requirements are for joining the rowing club? I am very interested in learning about and joining a rowing team. Thank you very much,
    V. Lee

  • Mike Bucci says:


    I am new to rowing or at least very rusty at it, but am am interested in joining the club. Please let me know about club dues including any necessary fees I will need to pay to receive basic instruction.

    Thank you,

    Mike Bucci

  • Christopher R. W. says:

    Cheers! I am a long time rower and previous Assistant Coach for a Junior Rowing Team which was highly competitive at The Head of the Charles and I personally have rowed two marathons in a single and a quad as well as competed in numerous regattas however when I moved to SC years ago from the midwest I dedicated all of my leisure time to sailing and scuba it’s time to get back into rowing! Please let me know how to join as well as how I might give a membership to a beginner… who has been asking me to teach her for the longest a present! Thanks!

  • Kristin says:

    Please contact me so I can start ASAP

  • Karen says:

    I am interested in learning how to row, would this be the place to start? Is there a “beginner” course?

    Thank you,