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

Interested in rowing? Complete our interest form and we will be in contact with you shortly. 

Rowing Interest form

Events:

Youth Summer Learn to Row Series

Rowing is a dynamic sport that fosters strengthening of the body and the mind in a supportive and team-oriented environment. At this camp participants will learn the basics of rowing, beginning work on the land on rowing machines, then moving into boats on the river. Throughout the process, participants will learn rowing terminology, boat handling, and how to work together as a team to make a boat move down the Iowa River!

  • Please wear weather-appropriate athletic apparel, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.
  • Bring a full water bottle.
  • Due to the design of rowing equipment, each participant should be at least 5’0 tall and be able to carry a minimum of 20 lbs.
  • Attendance each day is recommended.
  • There are no refunds three days prior to the start of each session.

Questions should be directed to Assistant Coach, Amy Smith: Amy-Smith-1@uiowa.edu.

Event information:

  • Location: P. Sue Beckwith Boathouse
  • Dates:
    • Session 1: June 20 - 23
    • Session 2: July 11 - 14
    • Session 3: August 8 - 11
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Noon)
  • Fee: $180 per session

REGISTER

Adult Learn to Row

National Learn to Row Day:

National Learn to Row Day takes place on the first Saturday of June each year. You will learn rowing terms, how to carry boats and oars, how to erg on land and row on the water, and work with others to move the boats on the water. 

  • All fitness and athletic backgrounds welcome, no experience necessary.
  • Dress in weather appropriate clothing that is fitted, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Baggy clothing is discouraged due to the design of rowing equipment.
  • Bring a water bottle.

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

Contact Head Coach for Rowing, Danelle Stipes, with any questions.

Event information:

National Learn to Row Day:

REGISTER

Iowa Indoor Rowing Challenge

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

Event information

Date:

Please check back for 2023 information!

Location:

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

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.

Participants with physical and intellectual impairments will work directly with the coaching staff to develop the best modifications and training plans for each individual.

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 Youth 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! 

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.