Novice Rowing

Our Novice program is designed to introduce athletes to the sport. We welcome anybody in 8th to 12th grade, and seek both rowers and coxswains.


Athletes will start by learning basic rowing technique, while developing fitness and flexibility. As athletes progress, we will begin learning to race and attend local regattas.

Our goal is to help foster a lifetime love for the sport, helping athletes join the rowing community.

Come join the OARS Community

Beyond just rowing, we believe this sport encourages a culture of achievement and excellence. Our staff spends time mentoring each athlete, to help them prepare for the next step.


We host a variety of clinics and guest lectures to expose athletes to different areas of this sport:​

  • Injury prevention & nutrition seminars with the Children's Hospital in Oakland

  • College preparation and recruiting round-tables and seminars with athletes and coaches

  • Viewing parties at local college regattas

Novice Girls

Fall season starts August 26, 2019

Mon     4:30 - 7PM

Wed     4:30 - 7PM

Thu      4:30 - 7PM

Sat       7:30 - 11AM

Novice Boys 

Fall season starts August 13, 2019

Tue     4:30 - 7PM

Wed   4:30 - 7PM

Fri       4:30 - 7PM

Sat      7:30 - 11AM

2 week FREE trial

Want to see what it's like rowing with OARS? Try it out for 2 weeks free! Please register within 48 hours of the conclusion of your free trial to continue!

Please click here to learn more.

Frequently asked questions:​


What is a coxswain, and why do we need them?

Take a look here!

I'm busy for part of the season. Can I join late?

Yes! We understand that some athletes play other sports, or have other commitments during the season. Please register for the program you're interested in, and our coaches will reach out to arrange an appropriate start date. ​

I think I'm too small to be a good rower, should I find another sport?​

Rowing has a few options for you: at the junior level, we have both open weight (no restrictions) and light weight events. Lightweight events are for boys under 150lbs and girls under 130lbs. We also have coxswain positions available. Coxswains are a critical member of boats, and we provide dedicated training to help coxswains develop into strong leaders.

I have a lingering injury from another sport, and don't know if it will affect rowing.

Rowing is a great option for athletes with injuries, because it is a low impact but full body workout. If you have a pre-existing condition or injury, please reach out and we'll try to help you learn if rowing is right for you!


Is it too late to start a new sport?

Rowing is pretty unique, in that athletes typically don't start until high school or even college. Many of the most successful rowers didn't start until they were older, and have gone on to very successful careers in the sport. We welcome anyone up to 12th grade to row with us!

Do our athletes have holidays off?

Yes! Major holidays include Thanksgiving and the Winter Holiday.

How many races are there?

We will be entering a minimum of 6 major races per season, and will have smaller scrimmages throughout - please reach out to learn more.

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