Columbia Rowing Club was founded in 1998 by masters rowers (everyone above 26 years) who
wanted to row as a club and advance the sport of rowing in the midlands of South
Carolina. While the club sponsors Youth Rowing and hosts the USC Crew, the core of the club remains its masters rowers, and its future
depends on the masters rowers, both women and men, for they provide long term continuity. Masters rowing at Columbia
Rowing Club is primarily recreational and is, at best, loosely
CRC encourages both recreational and competitive
rowing for Masters, Youth and Collegiate. There is an empty seat for you:
While most recreational
rowing is done on an ad hoc basis, whenever members can get to the
river to row, the club has several times set aside for "Adult Row", when members can expect others to be at the boathouse for rowing.
The club owns an impressive fleet of boats designed for and available to rowers of all levels, beginner to advanced, sweep and sculling, singles to eights, and most everything in between. All club boats are available for club members to use according to our "skill progression system" which matches boats with the rower's skill level. Many of our more active club members own their own singles and/or
doubles which are stored in the boathouse for a fee.
Individual club members are encouraged to organize teams, boats and
practice times for recreational team rowing in addition to the
Learn To Row - FREE
The first and third Saturday mornings of the month at 10AM, CRC conducts a free learn-to-rowing for people new to the sport or rowers who a new to the Columbia area. New rowers can take up to 3 free learn-to-row saturdays before deciding if you want to join the club.
CRC teaches rowing to everyone in the
community who would like to try it. If interested contact Marty Shaffer to let him know you are coming or take a chance on a saturday morning and just showup. The class size is limited to a small number
of beginners to ensure individual care and an optimal learning process. Club
members can participate for free to brush up on their technique. Before rowing you will need to sign a US Rowing Waiver.
if you are interested
or have any question about Learn To Row.
Club members can coordinate Clinics for any member who is interested in improving
his/her technique. The clinics are open to all CRC members. The concept is that
the leader of the clinic for that day will choose a rowing fundamental to
discuss and demonstrate (or at least try to demonstrate). All participants will
then practice the fundamental on a row up river to the island. At the island all
participants will share their experience, difficulties, successes, concerns and
thoughts. After helping each other make adjustments, we will then row back to
the dock trying to implement the adjustments.
Many members enjoy competing in regattas, primarily in the Southeast, at a moderately
competitive level. A small number of members are seriously competitive and
specifically train for regattas. As a result, the club often garners a
surprising number of medals at regional regattas.
competition is in sculling events, but occasionally the club puts together a
four or an eight for a specific regatta. The club organizes entries for only one
or two regattas per year.
As in Recreational Rowing, the club is looking
for one or more rowers interested in competition to step forward and organize
more boats and crews to train together for specific regattas, or to just improve
overall conditioning and technique.
If you would like compete please
contact Scott Bandy for more details.