Rowing Resources

We are updating our comprehensive guide for new rowers. 

In the meantime, check out the links below to learn more about weather, tides and currents, knots, and more.

The web-links provided here are from outside organizations that are not affiliated with the South End Rowing Club. By clicking on a link, you will be re-directed to another website.

Jane Koegel savoring the view from one of our historic rowboats.


Nautical Map of SF Bay, NOAA Chart 18649:


How to read tide tables:

“Tides and Currents.” By Geoffrey Smart, from Bay Area Sea Kayakers (BASK):

(Website temporarily down, as of April 2015). 

2015 Current/Tide Table from UNR and NOAA:

Tides and Currents Education Section from NOAA:

Visit the Bay Model in Sausalito:


For local wind and temperature, search for data updates from NOAA buoy, “Station FTPC1 – 9414290:”

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:


“Safe Boating Hints for the San Francisco Bay,” from the California Division of Boating and Waterways:

“Non-Motorized Boating in California,” Guidebook, from the California Division of Boating and Waterways:

Boating Safety Classes, from the California Division of Boating and Waterways:

Personal Floatation Devices (“PFDs” or “life jackets”): 
See more about PFD classifications and illustrations, here: 
Boat US:
Coast Guard:

“Navigation Rules: International – Inland,” published by the US Coast Guard. Available at boat retailers like West Marine, online, or click here for a free online copy (PDF file) from the Coast Guard:


Vessel Traffic Service (VTS), SF Bay, US Coast Guard:

Live Ship Map based on AIS data, from

* Note, while this website offers a great visual, for the most up-to-date vessel traffic information it is recommended to instead listen to the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) updates.


Go to “Animated Knots” at “" Here is the link for a demo on how to tie the “cleat hitch” or figure 8 knot, which we use most often for rowing, especially when docking:


Open Water Rowing Center (Sausalito):

Lake Merritt Rowing Club (Oakland):

BAWRA: Bay Area Whaleboat Rowing Association:

Pacific Rowing Club (SF):

Marin Rowing Association (Greenbrae):

Traditional Small Craft Association (Sacramento):

Sea Scouts – Youth (SF):

Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park (SF):


US Rowing’s Directory of Clubs:

Center for the Wooden Boat, Seattle, WA: 
A great place to rent a wooden boat for the day, and row on Lake Union:

South End’s sister club in London – Dittons Skiff and Punting Club:

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