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Summer - Learn-to-Scull - Novices Only

This program is open only to Novice rowers from the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 season, with priority seating for those Spring 2020 Novice rowers who did not participate in the Fall 2019, and who have never been out on the water. It will give these athletes the opportunity to learn to row in a single scull or in a double.

We are offering a 5-day (Monday - Friday), 2-hour / day program, and we will offer this for 2 consecutive weeks: Monday 08/24 - Friday 08/28, and Monday 08/31 - Friday 09/04. There will be two different time-slots in each week to choose from.

The cost of this program will be $ 175 / week.

Current Health Regulations allow rowers to use a double, wearing face-masks. If you do NOT feel comfortable with that, there is an option in the registration form for you to opt-out.

You may choose to sign up for both weeks, however, we will optimize to make sure that as many kids as possible get a chance to participate. So you may not get to participate in a second week if sessions are full.

As part of the registration you will be asked to identify your preferences in week and time-slot. Then based on those answers we will try to accommodate all the scheduling requests to the best of our ability.  Again, priority seating will be given to the new Spring 2020 novices that have never been on the water before.

To ensure that everyone has a chance to participate, even for timely registrations we may need to reduce the number of weeks requested, and we may not be able to accommodate requests for particular time slots. Please provide as many options as possible. If you have particular scheduling needs or requests, indicate them in the notes and comments section.

We hope that everybody will be flexible as we are trying to make this work for everyone.

Practice Times and Location


Week 1: Monday 08/24/2020 - Friday 08/28/2020

Week 2: Monday 08/31/2020 - Friday 09/04/2020


Morning: 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Afternoon: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Location: All practices will be at the BLS boathouse and will consist of 4-6 rowers and one coach.

We will be providing rules addressing social distancing, sanitizing equipment, and other state and USRowing-mandated safety guidelines that all rowers must follow in order to participate.

We expect all participants to follow all health and safety guidelines outside of the boathouse / practice as well to minimize the risk for fellow crew-members.

Registration and Payment Deadlines

Since we are planning to start on Monday August 24th, the initial deadline for registration is the end of the day on Tuesday, August 18th. For those who have registered by that date, we will let you know by Thursday, August 20th, whether we can accommodate that request. We will provide a full schedule for the two weeks by Saturday August 22nd.

Registration after the initial Tuesday August 18th deadline will be available only on a space-available basis.

​Form Due Date: Saturday August 22nd

Payment Due Date: Sunday August 23rd

If you have missed these deadlines but are still interested, please email

Required Form

All rowers must submit a Physician’s School/camp form, dated within the last 13 months.  Forms can be easily scanned and emailed as PDFs using a free smartphone scanner app (“Tiny Scanner” works well). 

All rowers must have a Swim-Test on file. If you have not submitted one as part of the Fall 2019 or the Spring 2020 season, please do so at your earliest convenience. The form is available here The YMCA pools in Boston are open again, and they are typically able to administer the swim-test. Rowers without a swim-test on file, will be required to wear a life-vest during practice.


Both forms are due by Saturday, August 22nd. 

Fees and Financial Aid

  • 1 week: $ 175

  • 2 weeks: $ 350


Friends of BLS Crew is committed to ensuring that crew is affordable for all students and families in the BLS community. If you would like to request financial assistance for the crew program, please send an email to

Payment is due Sunday, August 23rd, once we have confirmed the number of weeks you will participate, unless a financial aid or payment plan arrangement has been made.

To make a payment follow this link : Summer Payment - Learn to Scull


For registration complete the Google form: Summer Learn-to-Scull Novices Registration

For any questions regarding registration, please contact

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