2021 Fall Novice and Developmental Program

The fall novice and developmental program is an 8-week long program.  For those 13 and up new to rowing or with experience looking to develop their skills outside of a competitive environment.  Participants will be grouped according to experience and abilities.  For those with prior experience looking to compete in the Fall Regattas – Please register for the PWC Fall Competitive Program.

DEVELOPMENTAL ELIGIBILITY  For experienced rowers who have completed one of the following: at least one scholastic season, at least one fall season, or a 2021 summer novice/Learn to Row program and have an endorsement from their coach or those not able to make commitment to Fall Competitive Program.

OBJECTIVE  Instruction will be developmental with the goal of improving technical skills. Non-competitive developmental rowers will be sorted into boats by skill level.

NOVICE ELIGIBILITY No prior rowing experience required. For ages 13 (raising 8th grade) through 18 individuals who are seeking an introduction to the sport of sweep rowing.

OBJECTIVE  The focus is on learning basic rowing skills in an eight. Instruction will be basic sculling rowing skills.

  • DATES: 13 September to 4 November
  • DEADLINE:  Closes at midnight 8 September
  • TIME: 4:30 to 6:30 PM
  • DAYS: Monday thru Thursday
  • COST: $400
  • Must register by 1 September to exercise payment plan option.
  • Two payments: 1 September ($205), 15 September ($205)

To register, go to 

2021 PWC Novice & Developmental Programs

WATER BOTTLE    To help reduce the waste created by use of disposable water bottles, we ask rowers to arrive with two reusable full water bottles daily.

SWIM TEST    All participants are required to have a swim test completed prior to the start of the session (no exceptions). The completed swim test certificate must be turned in on the first day of the session. Rowers will not be able to go on the water without one.  The swim test certification requirements and form can be downloaded from the Prince Willian Crew (PWC) Forms page.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FORM    All participants are required to submit a current (within the past 12 months) VHSL Feb 2017 or equivalent Sports Physical Examination.  The requirements and form can be downloaded from the PWC Forms page.

SESSION CAP   A session may close before the scheduled closure day due to the cap for that session being reached.  If this occurs, the registrant will be placed on a wait-list.  Should a slot open, the registrant will be contacted before the entry is moved from the wait-list to an active status.

WAIT-LISTING    Wait-lists will go into effect once the rower cap has been reached for that session. This may occur before the close date for the session. Register early to better ensure a seat in a boat. Check the invoice. If it says wait-listed, the debit or credit card HAS NOT been charged. The charge will not occur until after the rower has been moved from the wait-list. An email message will be sent before moving the rower from wait-listed to active status.

Oxford Boathouse, Lake Ridge Marina, Woodbridge, VA