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Columbia Rowing Club

Welcome to CRC

All club meetings are open and we invite you to join us to learn more about rowing in Columbia.
The next club meeting will be the election of officers
held at 6PM, JAN 19...
(typically the 3rd THUR)
Hope you can make it.
Cafe Strudel
300 State Street, West Columbia

Community Rowing

We will be working out as a group at Pivotal Fitness over the winter...
Come join us... 

You can pay special rowing club rate a 4 month membership as an Columbia Rowing Club member. Our core group of rowers expanded over the past summer and fall. A good group with multiple talents.

Training will consist of ERG workouts and weight-lifting....
Check the GroupMe Columbia Rowing Club  for messages....
We have been wading boats into the water from the boat ramp next door at
the golf course to get onto the river... We may continued using the ramp over
the winter months.

Learn To Row

FREE Learn-to-Row is cancelled until further notice due to flood damage.

When offered Learn-To-Row is the 1st and 3rd Saturday morning of the month at 10:00am at the boathouse. Stay tune for more
information this coming MAR.

Official LTR will start after new dock construction is complete
The general public is invited to row 
3 different time before deciding whether to join the club.  
Please click here to email Martin Shaffer for details you need to know before the Learn-to-Row session.

No experience is necessary.  You are never too old to learn how to row! Our oldest member is in his 80's.

New Dock Donated
by EZ-Dock
EZ-Dock has been great to work with....
Check there new low profile rowing dock at

Getting the new dock has become a lot more difficult procession than you could have ever imagined with going through the approval process with the county, city, corp of engineers

We have got all permits in place. Just looking for 4 or 5 dry days to complete the new slope grading. JAN 16th - We are hoping that the slope grading will start this week....
First on the list is cutting down embankment and placing rip-rap to protect the river bank.
After that the process moves to digging holes of the 7 concrete piers 2.5 ft in diameter and 10.5 ft deep.
Also digging for the ramp walkway concrete pad. Next is pouring the concrete and setting the metal pole supports.
Then we have the construction of the dock.

We want to thank EZ-Dock for donating a new low profile dock specifically designed for rowing shells.
Our total existence would be in jeopardy if EZ-Dock had not stepped up to the plate.

Also thanks to the many rowers around the world that donated
to our Go-Fund-Me page....these funds are being used to pay for engineering, construction documents, digging for the piers
and ramp platform, concrete materials/labor and our members will be lead by EZ-Dock staff for dock placement. Funds are
real tight to complete the project.
Again... many many thanks to EZ-Dock.
CRC wants to thank John Worrell, President of CRC for his endless hours working to get a new dock in place. Those hours include working with Richland County, Department of Health and Environmental Control, City of Columbia and Army Corp of Engineers...

Columbia Rowing Club
Flood Relief
We Lost Our Boat Dock
Former Location of CRC Dock Near I-20 Bridge
The Columbia Rowing Club in Columbia, South Carolina is still standing on the banks of the Broad River after the massive flooding in Richland County on October 3, 4, and 5th, 2015.  Approximately 7 feet of water rose into our boat house and slowly subsided over last week, leaving a lot of debris...





Youth Rowing

Our youth rowers have had a busy winter with practice at Pivotal Fitness.  Our first event is the Atlanta ERG Sprints on February 20.  Our spring season starts with practice on March 1. Any interested rowers should contact Tim Stuart, our head coach, at for more information. We anticipate having our new dock in place for water practices and plan to participate in Clemson Sprints, Dogwood Regatta, and the Southeastern Youth Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Northern Colleges and High Schools Visit for Training

University of Rhode Island and Vanderbilt University spring training plans starting on MAR 10th. The new dock is scheduled to be in place by the end of FEB. We will have a new dock back in place. This is important to Columbia Rowing Club and the local Columbia hospitality businesses such as hotels and restaurants.

Rowing crews that have benefited from winter and spring training in Columbia include the University of Rhode Island, Georgetown, Michigan and Vassar.
Message to potential visiting crews:
I believe training in Columbia, South Carolina is very good quality... some of the best training water you will find anywhere. The Broad River is protected from wind from the west and east because it is a tree lined river.... (not an open body of water that can build up waves from across a body of water).... Our section of the Broad River consist of two 2000 meter rowing straight-aways. It is ideal for detailed coaching instruction.... typically extremely calm water to get that nice solid catch that we all like to have in our rowing stroke.
Also the average high temperatures in the winter of about 55 degrees. If you are lucky you may get those nice 70 degree days that I personally enjoy about living in South Carolina.
I hope you will join us for the experience.
Mark Conrardy
Vice President
Columbia Rowing Club

 Weekly Rowing Schedule

Weekly Rowing Schedule is on hold until we can get a new dock in place....
SAT: Community Row 8AM
SUN: Community Row 8AM
WED: Community Row 5:30PM (During Day Light Savings Time....MAR 13 to NOV 6, 2016)
Head of the South
Augusta GA
NOV 2016
We had great fun rowing at HOTS, SAT NOV 12.
The men's masters 4 got first place medals and 
the mixed masters 8 got third place medals.
A great time was had by all....eating dinner
afterwards at
 Naucho Mama's... 
just like to old days when we first started the club.

Flood October 2015

Description of Broad River Richland County Rowing Site:

  • About 4 miles of river without any sandbank, rapids or bigger rocks...
    (two - 2000 meters straight away water distances with meter signs every 500 meters)
  • Low Head Dam 900 meters downstream from dock. (water height gage at dock)
  • <6 inch/sec current most of the time.
  • High trees to protect the river from wind.
  • Calm water with sufficient depth over entire width of river... from east bank to west bank.
  • Warm air temperatures most of the year.
  • 120' long dock with 3 ramps.

Easily accessible:

  • Close to the Broad River Rd Exit off I-20: click here for directions.
  • Close to many hotels.
  • Close to downtown & restaurants & movie theatres (Harbison Blvd / Bauer Parkway / Vista).
  • Close to natural and absolute quiet (4000 meters upstream from dock).

Columbia Rowing Club is a 501(c)3 organization allowing us to accept tax deductible contributions for Youth Rowing and our other rowing education programs.