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Learn-to-Row Program​ - Summer 2024

Summer Learn-to-Row and Fall Novice Program Info Session

Date: June 11th at 7:30pm

Zoom: Join via Zoom

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. (Non-BLS students who are interested in the program should email for availability; priority will be given to BLS students.) Learn-to-Row is a great way to try out rowing and start to experience BLS Crew's combination of fun, teamwork, community and competition!

Note: If you are planning to join BLS Crew as a Novice for Fall 2024 and have not rowed previously, participation in at least one week and preferably two weeks of a summer Learn-to-Row program is required. (While participation in BLS Crew's Learn-to-Row program is preferred, 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),


​Alternatively, the Winter/Spring 2025 Novice program will start in mid-January 2025, and Novices who begin then do not need to participate in a separate Learn-to-Row program. Other than the Learn-to-Row for the Fall season, no rowing or other athletic experience is required to join BLS Crew, as all new rowers and coxswains learn the sport together. All grade levels are welcome.

To register complete this form: Learn to Row Registration

If you are interested in joining BLS Crew for Fall 2024 but cannot attend any of these Learn-to-Row sessions, please email and let us know your availability, as we may be able to add an additional session.

Summer 2024 BLS Crew Learn-to-Row Sessions:

Session 1: July 8-12 (Monday - Friday), 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 2: July 15-19 (Monday - Friday), 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 3: July 22 - 26 (Monday - Friday), 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 4: July 29 - August 2 (Monday - Friday) 5:15 - 7:45 p.m.

Session 5: August 5-9 (Monday - Friday), 5:15 - 7:45 p.m.

Session 6: August 12-16 (Monday - Friday), 5:15 - 7:45 p.m. 

Location: All Learn-to-Row sessions take place at the BLS Boathouse:

Registration and Payment Deadlines

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, July 5, 2024

  • Forms Due Date: ASAP but at the latest the Friday before the first day of the session.

  • Payment Due Date: ASAP but at the latest the Friday before the first day of the session.​

With any questions, please email


Required Forms

All Learn-to-Row participants must submit the required forms as PDFs uploaded to the BLS Crew Forms Submission Portal. Rowers whose forms have not been turned in will not be able to join the session.


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

  2. A completed swim test form, available at
    New rowers must pass a swim test and submit a Swim Test Form form signed by a certified lifeguard before the team begins practicing on the water. Rowers who have not submitted Swim Test Forms will be required to wear a life preserver while on the water. 


  3. A BLS Crew Safety Pledge

Fees and Financial Aid

1 week: $200

Additional weeks: $175/week

  • 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 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 here.

  • 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 Tatiana Winger

32 Belfort Street, #3

Dorchester, MA 02125


For any questions regarding registration, please contact

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