Rowing FAQs | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa
What is the practice schedule?

Our schedule varies depending on the time of year, and is fluid based on programming events and regattas that we are attending.  This is typically what we stay pretty close to for a schedule:

Adult Program:

Monday – Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (water seasons only)

Weekends as scheduled


MS/HS Program:

Monday – Wednesday, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please contact for up to date schedule. Weekends as scheduled.

Do I have to attend a Learn to Row?

If you have no experience in the sport of rowing, or have only briefly rowed in the past, then attending a Learn to Row is the right step and is necessary for you.  A Learn to Row exposes you to the sport in a relaxed environment so that you can learn, and find out if this is something you would like to continue to pursue.  If you have rowed briefly in the past, then this is a good way to accustom yourself once again to the rowing lingo and commands, and get back in the swing of the rowing stroke.

 Canoeing, Row Boats, and Kayaks do not qualify as experience in the sport of rowing. 

I have experience, how do I join?

If you have previously had rowing experience for a minimum of 6 months to many years, please contact the Assistant Director for Rowing.  You will want to include your experience level and if you have sweep/sculling and large/small boat experience.  This will help get you added into our experienced group smoothly.

How do I sign up for practice?

Once you have registered online and paid for programming, you will need to contact the Assistant Director of Rowing to get access to our practice sign up site.

Our programs uses Sign Up Genius Online to sign up for practices sessions.  An athlete signs up for the practices they can attend, and this way the coaching staff can organize boatings and lineups.  This helps us prepare for practice and make sure we are using our time efficiently.  It also allows the athlete to organize your schedule for the week based on school, work, family and other events happening.

The boathouse can only be accessed during our practice schedule time by one of our staff members.

What does a typical practice look like?

Example for a 5:30-7:00am practice

  • Athletes arrive 5-10 minutes early, oars to the dock
  • Warm Up: Run/Walk & Stretch
  • Coach goes over plans/goals for the row
  • Hands on the boats & row on the river
  • Dock with 15 minutes left in practice
  • Wash Boats and return all equipment where needed
  • Hands In!

Do you practice year round?

Yes.  We hold programming in the Fall (September – November), Winter (December – February), Spring (February – May), and Summer (June – August) months.


Danelle Stipes
Assistant Director, Rowing