Learn-to-Row Program​ - Summer 2020

BLS Crew is pleased to offer a Learn-to-Row program this summer. No experience is necessary, and all current and incoming BLS students are welcome (if others are interested, please email registrar@blscrew.org). Learn-to-Row is a great way to try out rowing and get an idea of BLS Crew's combination of fun, teamwork, community and competition!

Note: If you are planning to join BLS Crew as a Novice for Fall 2020 and have not rowed previously, participation in at least one week of a summer Learn-to-Row program is required. (While participation in BLS Crew's Learn-to-Row program is preferred, if these dates do not work, new Novice rowers can also join BLS Crew this Fall if they have attended an equivalent Learn-to-Row program elsewhere, such as Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI), www.communityrowing.org.) ​The Winter/Spring 2021 Novice program will start in mid-January 2021. Novices who begin then do not need to participate in a separate Learn-to-Row program.

Summer 2020 BLS Crew Learn-to-Row Sessions:

Session 1: Monday 08/24/2020 through Friday 08/28/2020, 9:00 am - noon​

Session 2: Monday 08/31/2020 through Friday 09/04/2020, 9:00 am - noon

Location: All Learn-to-Row sessions take place at the BLS Boathouse: https://www.blscrew.org/bls-boathouse

Registration and Payment Deadlines

  • Registration Open Date: Monday 06/22/2020

  • Registration Close Date: Friday 08/21/2020

  • Forms Due Date: ASAP but at the latest the Friday before starting.

  • Payment Due Date: ASAP but at the latest the Friday before starting.

With any questions, please email registrar@blscrew.org. 


Required Forms

All Learn-to-Row participants must submit the required forms as PDF email attachments to registrar@blscrew.org. Forms can easily be scanned and emailed as PDFs using a free smartphone scanner app ("Tiny Scanner" works well).


(1) A physician's school/camp form completed within the past 13 months.


(2) A completed swim test form, available at https://www.blscrew.org/swim-test-form

Fees and Financial Aid

1 week: $200

2 weeks: $375

  • 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 registrar@blscrew.org.

  • Payment is due ASAP but at the latest the Friday before starting, unless a financial aid or payment plan arrangement has been made.

  • Payment can be made by PayPal or credit card using the PayPal button available at  https://www.blscrew.org/summer-payment 

  • Payment can also be made by check payable to "Friends of BLS Crew" (with the rower's name and "Learn-to-Row" in the memo line) and sent to:


Friends of BLS Crew

c/o Roberta Upton
96 Goodenough Street
Brighton, MA 02135-2144



To register, complete the Google Form: Learn to Row Registration

For any questions regarding registration, please contact registrar@blscrew.org