If you are new to rowing, or simply new to Sarasota, you probably have lots of questions about the Sarasota County Rowing Club (SCRC).
The club was formed in 2001 by a handful of rowers and has grown to over 100 members. We have rowers who are competitive and travel to many regattas with our club, as well as members who row recreationally for fitness. We have members who are just learning the sport, and we have rowers with physical disabilities who row in our Adaptive program. Many rowers are here year round, but we have snowbirds who row seasonally and some visitors who row for several months, or just one month. But the best thing we offer are the friendly members who are very welcoming to new rowers.
Our newly remodeled boatyard is located at 800 Blackburn Point Road, Osprey, FL. 34229, on Florida's beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. We lease land in Blackburn Point Park, a Sarasota County Park. Our boatyard houses a great selection of boats including sweep eights, , 4+, quads, doubles and a large variety of singles, as well as adaptive rower equipment. We have launches for our coaches and all the other equipment and supplies needed to provide an exceptional rowing experience. The county owned floating dock allows for dry launches. County Park restroom facilities are on site.
Membership dues and registration
SCRC offers the following memberships to experienced rowers and those who have completed our Learn to Row class:
Annual - $500
Seasonal, 3-6 months - $300
Monthly - $200 a month
To row with us, you must complete the online registration found on this website. The registration will include completion of a waiver of liability, as well as entry of your USROWING member number, along with dues payment with a credit card. (A USRowing membership is required for all SCRC members.) You will also be expected to read the SCRC Safety Manual online before registering. Reading this Manual will prepare you to complete the SCRC Safety Assessment (a 10-item test) included in the online registration process. Once the Safety Assessment is completed and you become a member, you will be put in contact with an Orientation Volunteer who will provide a tour of our facilities and equipment, as well as a overview of club rules and expectations. (Those who have taken an SCRC Learn to Row class may not require an orientation session. )
We need you to Volunteer
We are a volunteer-run club, so we need your help. Collectively, we do a great job providing an exceptional rowing experience for our members! Annual members must volunteer at least 24 hours a year, or pay a $10 per hour buyout. Seasonal members must volunteer 2 hours for each month they row with us, or pay a $10 per hour buyout.
All members are asked to volunteer at our Sarasota Invitation Regatta (SIR) each winter. These SIR volunteer hours (up to 8) can be applied to your yearly total.
New members with previous sculling experience wishing to row solo must learn to safely navigate the waterway by rowing with other club members. Our head Coach will also administer a Captain's Test to ensure you understand safe boat handling and can demonstrate full knowledge of sculling technical skills needed to row solo and navigate the waterways.
Learning how to row
People wishing to learn how to row must complete a Learn to Row class (offered periodically). Once graduated, the novice rower will apply for membership and participate in coached sessions open to novices (and to those who need to improve their skills rowing sweep and/or sculling). Novices will row in these designated novice sessions for a year, or until the coach approves graduating to another rowing program (or to open rowing, uncoached).
Access to coached sessions is now included in SCRC's annual, seasonal, and monthly membership fees! A Learn to Row class costs $250.
If you have the coach's approval, you may row on your own or with an organized group. If bowing a boat you must have passed the Captain's Test (speak with our head coach for details). Sometimes closed rows may be scheduled, which are limited to certain rowers.
At SCRC we encourage members to participate in local and regional regattas. These are fun events for rowers of a wide range of abilities, both skull and sweep. Starting in February we enter the Sprint Season: 1k races where we row fast and hard! And in the fall we enter Head Race Season, which means longer races over a distance of 5k or more. SCRC has a racing team that specifically trains to race, but we also support other members in putting race boats together for regattas.