|How to Start Rowing:
Interested in joining and rowing for one of the oldest Rowing Clubs in the United States? You’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll find step by step instructions for joining the South End Rowing Program.
ROWING FAQ: READ ME
There are three major paths you’ll take based on your skill level.
Novice: New to rowing, or new to rowing in coastal water.
Novice Rowers: Getting comfortable on the water takes time. Understanding how to navigate big currents comfortably and making technique second nature on the bay are two of many things you’ll learn with your mentor. Getting Level 1 certified can take anywhere from a few weeks (if you’ve taken a class elsewhere) to 6 months depending on your level of experience and how quickly you pick things up. If you’ve recently completed a private training course at Open Water Rowing Center, let us know and we’ll connect with your instructor. If you’ve never rowed before, we strongly encourage you to take the Novice Course at Open Water Rowing Center. In some cases it may only take one time out with one of our mentors to get your Level 1 clearance after completing such a program. Without it, you may wait many months before you’ve been out enough times with a mentor to get SERC certified.
Intermediate & Advanced Rowers: If you have prior experience and are already comfortable rowing on the bay, our goal is to quickly assess/confirm your current skill level, get you comfortable with our boathouse rules, and get you certified based on the skill level you demonstrate. Expect this process to take 1-2 weeks depending on how quickly you can get something scheduled with your assigned club mentor. From there our goal will be to get you plugged into the clubs social happenings and racing scene (if this is of interest).
Types / Levels of Boat Certification:
Within each level there are two stages of certification: Provisional and Certified. Provisional will be the first step. This means you are allowed to take out this level of boat so long as you’re with another rower that is fully certified on this level. Think of it as the buddy system.
As a reminder, you can always take a look at your progress by looking yourself up in our certification log, found here.
Rowing Events, Social Happenings etc:
Interested in getting involved in some of the more social rower happenings. Here’s a cheat sheet. For larger events (regattas, adventure rows etc) click here to subscribe to the SERC Rowing Google Calendar.
Most Mornings: Most mornings various groups of rowers meet at 6:30am for rows out to the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, or any of the other common rowing destinations. Use Slack or the Google Group to connect with other rowers and make plans (or just show up once you’re fully checked out and get after it!).
Some Wednesday Mornings 6:45 – 9am: New Rowers Mentor Meetup. Do not come without an invite as you may find there is no-one to take you out. See above steps re: how to join us.
Wednesday Nights – 6:30-7:30PM: Erg Night! Most Wednesday nights we hop on ergometers (the rower torture devices that help us go faster on the bay) crank up the tunes, and go through group rowing workouts. All skill levels welcomed! Please message the slack group to confirm before arriving so we can be sure to have enough Ergs setup.
Thursday Nights – 6-9PM: Boathouse night! Come work alongside other rowers as we clean, paint, tune, and restore our classif fleet of boats. This is an awesome way to get involved, meet more members, and there’s always a free home cooked meal at the end for everyone who helped out.
Saturday Morning Alleycat Races: One of the best ways to have fun and push ourselves on the water is through racing. These races are unofficial fun races between SERC members. Line ‘em up and race. Use the Slack channel to find out if it’s going down.
We’re always looking to grow as a program. If you have feedback, we’d love to hear it! Feel free to share in Slack, the South End Rowers Google Group, or if you wish to share anonymously you can share by clicking here.
For questions not covered above contact:
Rowing Commissioner email@example.com or the
Boathouse Captain firstname.lastname@example.org
London Sister Club
The South End’s official London area rowing sister club is the Dittons Skiff and Punting Club, located along the River Thames. We keep the framed letter of our sister club agreement with Dittons in the South End boathouse, located above the logbook.
Read more about punting and skiffing on the Dittons Club website, here: http://dittons.org.uk.
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.
Nautical Map of SF Bay, NOAA Chart 18649:
TIDES AND CURRENTS
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:”
“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”):
“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 MarineTraffic.com:
* 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 “animatedknots.com.” 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:
LOCAL ROWING CLUBS
Open Water Rowing Center (Sausalito):
Lake Merritt Rowing Club (Oakland):
BAWRA: Bay Area Whaleboat Rowing Association:
San Francisco Rowing Club at Lake Merced:
Marin Rowing Association (Greenbrae):
Traditional Small Craft Association (Sacramento):
Center for the Wooden Boat, Seattle, WA:
South End’s sister club in London – Dittons Skiff and Punting Club:
Accounting and Reimbursement