Bainbridge Island Rowing
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BIR Adult Rowing – General Information

Bainbridge Island Rowing offers a variety of sweep and sculling opportunities for both recreation/fitness and racing. Qualified adult members are welcome at all rows. Qualified visitors are also welcome to row for free up to two times. If you want to row with us, please contact to sign up and activate your account on iCrew, our online system. Check with our coaching staff if you have questions about which program is best for your experience and skill level. (Note that adult rowers are often referred to as “masters” by USRowing and other rowing organizations.)

Participation Requirements

Rowers must complete the following requirements before they can participate in a BIR Adult rowing program.

  • Be at least age 19 with either prior rowing experience or completion of at least one Learn to Row class.
  • Become a USRowing member. Sign up or renew your membership and waiver at the USRowing website. Use club code KRCBC (case-sensitive) to be added to the BIR roster.  The membership levels and fees are as follows:
    • If you plan to participate in recreational rowing only and NOT compete in regattas, you may register for a Basic Membership ($9.75).
    • If you plan to row at the Northwest Masters Regional Championships (normally held in June, though cancelled for 2021), you will also need to add on the “Regatta Package” ($25.25 – $40.25).
    • We recommend that all rowers consider a Championship Membership because of the additional insurance coverage that comes with it ($45-$65).
  • Complete your iCrew profile with your USRowing number, contact information, emergency contacts, etc.
  • Sign the BIR Participant Waiver via iCrew.
  • Sign the BIR COVID-19 Waiver via iCrew.
  • COVID VACCINATION IS REQUIRED for Fall 2021 programs. Photo of vaccine card must be uploaded to iCrew. 
  • Complete a float test. This in-the-water task requires you, under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, to tread water in clothing for 10 minutes and don a personal flotation device in the water. You may do this at any supervised pool. Print the Float Test Form, and have a certified lifeguard complete the form.
  • Lift 35 pounds overhead and walk up to 50 yards (simulating carrying a boat on your shoulder with assistance from your teammates).
  • Read the BIR Safety Policies and BIR Member Expectations. They contain important information that all rowers must know before going on the water.
  • Volunteer: BIR is a mostly-volunteer organization, and your participation as a volunteer is both required and key to the continuing success of BIR. The goal is two hours of volunteer services from each Master rower for each on-water paid-program month during the calendar year. Coxing in your rowing group does not count.  Coxing or rowing with a Learn To Row class, group work parties to clean and service our boats, launches, and boathouse do count, as does helping with key events like our Grand Old Fourth booth and One-Call-For-All envelope stuffing.
  • Rowers who desire to take out a BIR-owned single/double/pair without a launch on the water are required to complete a flip test. 
  • For those who are interested in improving sculling skills, a captain’s test is available here: Captain’s Test Form.

2021 BIR Adult Dues and Fees

Annual Member Dues:  $190

Summer/Fall Member Dues:  $95


Fees are based on 3 rows per week:    

Spring 1 Rowing (March – April 30):   $320

Spring 2 Rowing (May 3 – June 26):  $320

Summer Rowing (July 6 – Aug 21):  $320

Fall Rowing (Aug 30 – Oct 30): $320

Summer + Fall Rowing (July 6 – Oct 30): $575 (10% savings) 

Winter Fitness Fee: $125

Punchcard (10 rows): $250 (Good option for summer if intermittent availability to row)


Learn-to-Row graduates are offered a reduced rate for dues and fees through the end of the calendar year:

Learn to Row Two-Week Session: $260

Learn to Row New Member Dues: $95  
Learn to Row New Member Rowing Fee: $350 (July 6-Oct 30)


Questions? Email our Masters Program Liaison, Celia Clark: