The Rowing program is designed to teach and promote the sport of rowing both on campus and in the Iowa City and surrounding areas. Programs are designed for every skill level, from beginner to advanced. We offer learn to row sessions, adult, high school, collegiate, and adaptive rowing programs. 

 The P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse, is not available to be rented out. If you have questions about the Boathouse, please contact Athletics Facilities staff

Learn to Row

Get outside this summer and enjoy time on the Iowa River! We will teach you the sport of rowing using rowing machines on land and boats on the water. You will learn rowing terms, how to carry boats and oars, how erg on land and row on the water, and then get to work with others on the water to move the boats.

  • All fitness levels and athletic backgrounds welcome.
  • Wear fitted athletic apparel, sunscreen, and hat and sunglasses. Baggy clothing is highly discouraged due to the design of rowing equipment.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • Attendance each day of the session is recommended.
  • No refunds 3 days prior to the start of each session.
  • We will follow all university COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the program, including  those specific to rowing. More information will be released closer to your Learn to Row.

Spring 2022 registration information will be available shortly. Check back soon for more information!

Contact Program Coordinator, Amy Smith, for more information.

 National Learn to Row Day takes place in June each year. This year, we are offering a Learn to Row series to get you out on the water and involved in the sport you have been waiting over a year to try! You will learn rowing terms, how to carry boats and oars, how erg on land and row on the water, and then get to work with others on the water to move the boats. 

  • All fitness levels and athletic backgrounds welcome.
  • Wear fitted athletic apparel, sunscreen, and hat and sunglasses. Baggy clothing is highly discouraged due to the design of rowing equipment.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • We will be following all university COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the program, including those specific to rowing. More information will be released closer to your Learn to Row.

After completing this session, you may join the Adult and/or University of Iowa Student Rowing programs.

Spring 2022 registration information will be available shortly. Check back soon for more information!

Contact Assistant Director for Rowing, Danelle Stipes, with any questions.

Winter is a great time to learn to row! Learn all the basics while staying on land and utilizing the indoor rowing facilities at P. Sue Beckwith Boathouse. Athletes 18+ will get to learn the rowing motion with an oar, as well as get to learn about the equipment. This is an easy way to get introduced to the sport, without getting in a boat.

The January 2022 Winter Learn to Row has been cancelled. Please check back for future dates!

Lead by Head Coach Danelle Stipes.

Rowing Programs

Rowing is an easily adaptable sport for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. Modifications to equipment, instruction, and the rowing stroke can be made as needed. Because the rowing stroke can be segmented into the legs, trunk, and arms, adaptive rowers may row all three parts of the stroke, trunk and arms only, or arms only depending on their physical capabilities and comfort level. The repetitive nature of the rowing stroke also makes Rowing well-suited for people with intellectual disabilities.

Rowers with vision loss, hearing impairment, paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputations, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, autism, and other disabilities are able to enjoy the sport. The coach and rower will work together to develop the best modification(s) for each individual. Common adaptations are wide, stable two-person boats with sliding seats, single-person boats with stabilizing pontoons, fixed seats for boats and rowing machines, lap belts, chest straps, and handle grips.

Practices are scheduled on an individual basis and held year-round (outdoors/indoors depending on the weather). Adaptive Rowing is open to participants age 14 and up.

We offer programming for UI students, faculty, staff, and community members. Athletes can compete as part of Hawkeye Community Rowing or practice with the team for exercise and to improve rowing skills.  

Athletes must have completed a previous rowing session, or be an experienced rower to join.

Rowing memberships are required to participate.

Register online or at our Member Services desks at the CRWC, Field House, or Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

If you are an experienced rower who is interested in being part of the Hawkeye Community Rowing program or for information regarding the practice schedule, please contact Danelle Stipes.

Our Juniors Rowing Team is for any middle/high school students between the ages of 12-18 who are interested in the sport of rowing. Rowing is a great sport that offers many benefits, both physical and mental. It is a great way to learn teamwork, responsibility, and self-confidence. It also has the potential to open doors to many scholarship opportunities for the future. We practice 4-5 times per week at the P. Sue Beckwith boathouse, and during the racing season, we will compete against other programs all around Iowa and the Midwest. 

  • Spring season | March - May
  • Summer season | June - August
  • Fall season | September - November
  • Winter season | December - February

Please contact Amy Smith for more information about the program! 

Time to change up your fitness routine! Rowing Bootcamps provide a fun, full body workout in under 45 minutes. The combination of timed intervals on the rowing machines, with body weight and core exercises are guaranteed to challenge all levels of fitness. You can pick your pace and work at your own fitness level while enjoying the energy of others around in a positive team environment. No session is the same, so sign up and enjoy a new workout each Sunday.

  • All fitness levels are welcome. The rowing stroke and additional exercises can easily be modified for anyone with injuries or impairments.
  • Wear fitted athletic apparel. Bug repellant, hat or sunglasses are encouraged. Baggy clothing is highly discouraged due to the design of rowing equipment.
  • Bring a water bottle and towel. Yoga mat is up to you!
  • No refunds 3 days prior to the session.
  • We will be following all university COVID-19 guidelines, as well as those specific to rowing. More information will be released closer to your bootcamp session.

Contact Assistant Coach, Amy Smith, with any questions specific to this programming.

  • Ages: Adults 18+
  • Days/Times: Thursdays, 12:05 - 12:50 p.m.
  • Dates: January 6, 13, 20, and 27
  • Location: Field House, Indoor Rowing Room
  • Fee
    • UI Students: $15
    • Faculty/Staff/Community: $30

Register

Any UI Student wanting to row can join our collegiate club! To find out more, contact Danelle Stipes

Practice days/times:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays | 7-8:30 a.m.

Iowa Indoor Rowing Challenge

The Hawkeye Community Rowing Program is excited to welcome you to the Iowa Indoor Rowing Challenge. 

  • Masters: 2k, 1k, 500m, 4 x 500m Relays
  • Open: 2k, 500m, 4 x 500m Relays
  • Juniors: 2k, 500m, 4 x 500m Relays
  • Adaptive: 1k
  • Youth: 4 – 6 years (1 Minute), 7 – 9 years (2 Minutes), 10 – 11 years (1K)
  • Lightweight: 2K Only - Masters, Open, and Juniors

Please visit Regatta Central for detailed event information or contact Rowing Staff below.

Standard Registration: $30 | Deadline: February 5, 2022 at 12 p.m. (Noon)

Youth RegistrationFREE | Deadline: February 5, 2022 at 12 p.m. (Noon)

We do not have a block of hotel rooms this year. Here are some hotels that are close to the venue:

Thank you to our 2022 event sponsors! 

Greenstate

Event information

Date:

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Registration:

Register

Location:

Field House
225 S. Grand Ave, Iowa City, IA 52242

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Recreational Services in advance at ​319-335-9293.