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About Rowing with South Eugene Rowing Club

Want to try rowing or register for one of our seasons? You can register online for our free trial or any of our regular seasons.

All about rowing for South Eugene Rowing Club

Please note: The waivers and agreements as noted on the registration Membership Requirements page, and other requirements such as a physical exam and/or swim test if required, must be completed prior to the rower’s participation in training activities. No rower is eligible to attend practice before registration is complete, all documents are signed and received and the USrowing membership is up to date. Rowers that have not completed all requirements will be unable to board the bus for water practice or participate in land practice activities. South Eugene Rowing Club assumes no responsibility whatsoever for non-members, including any responsibility for anything that happens to them as a result of not being allowed to get on the bus. 

Everyone Rows: We take anyone willing to show up and work hard – there are no cuts or tryouts. 

Try rowing for free: Online registration is required to attend a free trial. Trials are held during the 1st week of each season; you can attend any three practice days during that week. After three practices, you can register for the current season and begin practicing with the team once all additional membership requirements are submitted. 

Cost: The Fall and Spring seasons are $885 each and can be paid in 3 installments. The fee covers transportation to Dexter Lake for weekday practices, coach salaries, equipment maintenance, food at regattas, transportation of equipment to regattas, and hotel rooms for rowers during the regional championship regatta in the spring. All rowers must also have a valid USRowing membership (~$45) and a uniform (~$85). Fall season registration includes Winter dry-land training at no additional charge. Winter-only registration is typically ~$300.  Register online.

Financial Aid: Returning rowers and rowers who participated in the most recent summer camp are eligible to apply for financial aid. Our financial aid program is need-based and administered by a group of volunteers who are not current SERC parents to protect privacy and ensure that aid decisions are entirely need-based. Learn more about SERC Financial Aid.

Dates: Fall season typically runs from the start of school through mid-November. Winter training runs December through the end of February. Spring season runs from the beginning of March to late-May. 

Transportation: Bus transportation to Dexter Lake is included for weekday practices. Weekend practices are parent-driven. 

Location: The bus for Dexter Lake departs South Eugene High School at 4pm sharp. It leaves from the area near IHS entrance to South. Indoor training takes place at South Eugene High School in the IHS wing. 

Regattas: Registration fees include entries to several regattas and scrimmages at various OR/WA locations. SERC typically participates in 6-8 regattas every year.

Practice Times: On-water practices are typically 4pm to 7:15pm. Dryland practices are typically shorter and end at 6pm. 

What to Wear: Rowers typically wear “trou” which are spandex-like shorts, but any close-fitting shorts will do. When the weather is cooler, layers are critical. Generally try and avoid loose-fitting clothing. 

Uniforms: Uniforms are purchased independently and required for racing. Uniforms cost approximately $85. Other SERC rowing gear is available for purchase via our website and via special orders 3-4 times/year. Non-logo rowing gear can always be purchased from Regatta Sport, Sew Sporty, and JL Racing

US Rowing Membership Required: In order to compete in regattas and participate in practice, rowers must have a current US Rowing membership (~$45). Information on how to sign up is provided during registration. 

Swim Test Required: All new rowers must complete a one-time swim test at a local pool. This is required to attend practice after your 3-day trial period expires. Additional information is available during registration or you can download the required forms

Handbook: If you want to learn more about the club and how it works, check out our Handbook.

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