Bainbridge Island Rowing

BIR Adult Programs

Bainbridge Island Rowing offers a variety of sweep and sculling opportunities for both recreational and competitive rowers. Qualified adult rowers are welcome at all regularly scheduled practice sessions. Learn to Row programming and private coaching are also available for adults who are new to the sport or looking for a refresher course. Please register below.

*Note that Adult rowers are often referred to as “Masters” by USRowing and other rowing organizations.

BIR Members 2024 Rowing Registration:

If you are an established BIR member, please click on the link below to register for 2024 rowing programs.

Registration is open

Questions? Contact our Adult Programs Liaison: 


We offer programs that serve a range of rowing experience levels, interests, schedules and physical abilities. All programs include sweep and sculling options.


New rowers start with a Learn to Row program then progress to our Novice Team. After completing the rowing year as a Novice (or sooner with coach approval), new rowers may graduate to the Adult Open Team. Those interested in competing at regattas may elect to participate in appropriate race events with coach approval. 

BIR offers Learn to Row sessions and private coaching options on the water from spring through summer. During the winter months, we also offer a Learn to Erg session indoors on the erg (rowing machine). While not a required prerequisite, Learn to Erg is a terrific precursor to Learn to Row. Visit our Learn to Row page for more information.


These sessions are open to adults of all experience levels, including Learn to Row graduates. Emphasis will be on developing technique, rowing as a team, and building fitness. Practices will include sweep and sculling skills development. Coxing and launch volunteers will be utilized as needed on a rotational basis.

Prerequisites: Learn to Row class and/or coach approval

ADULT OPEN – All Levels Sweep & Sculling

The Adult Open Team welcomes both recreational and competitive rowers. These sessions are a good fit for experienced rowers looking to continue developing their technical skills and speed, and those interested in competing in regattas. Practices will include sweep and sculling options depending on the participants. Race lineups will be given priority when possible. Coxing and launch-driving volunteers will be utilized as needed on a rotational basis.

Prerequisites: Rowing on the adult novice team for the first year and/or coach approval

Practice Schedule:

You may mix morning and/or evening practice sessions to fit your schedule




Early Morning Open M/W/F

Grant Dull

5:45 – 7:30AM

Mid-Morning Open M/W/F

Redge Campbell

9:00 – 11:00AM

Evening Open Tu/Th

Grant Dull & Addie Taylor

6:15 – 8:00PM

Evening Novice M/W

Kathy Maher

6:15 – 8:00PM

Saturday Morning Open

Grant Dull & Addie Taylor

7:00 – 9:00AM

Saturday Morning Novice

Kathy Maher

7:00 – 9:00AM


Bainbridge Island Rowing is a club that is supported by its members and each year dues are assessed to each member.

$260 for the calendar year

$130 if joining after June 23, 2024


These fees cover our rowing programs, coaching and equipment.

Adult Teams

Annual Fee: $1,398   (includes rowing from Feb. 20 [weather dependant] – Nov. 3rd and winter training)

Annual Regatta Fees (optional): $40-$100 per regatta    fees vary – see below

Seasonal Rowing Fees: $837

  • Spring Season: February 20 (weather dependant) – June 23
  • Summer/Fall Season:  June 24 – November 3

Winter Conditioning Fee (Nov – Feb, unlimited): $295

Rowing Punch Card (10 rows*): $241

Fitness Punch Card (10 off-water sessions*): $110

*Punch cards expire 2 years from purchase date

Regatta Fees

Regatta fees vary based on the event, number of attendees, travel costs, and other factors.

If you elect to participate in any regatta, scrimmage, or other rowing event outside of the regular BIR schedule, those fees are separate from your regular rowing fees. The cost to compete in individual regattas will be communicated in a timely fashion in the interim leading up to their registration windows to allow rowers to make informed decisions about their participation.

Learn to Row Grads

Learn to Row Session: $398

Learn to Row Graduate Rowing Fee (Unlimited Rows with the team for 2024): $503*

Learn to Row Graduate Dues: $130*

*LTR graduates are eligible for discounted Annual Member Dues ($130 vs $260) and a discounted annual rowing fee ($503 vs $1398), which includes unlimited rowing and winter conditioning through the 2024 season.

Bainbridge Island Rowing is committed to making our programs available to everyone who wishes to participate, regardless of their ability to pay program fees. Financial assistance is available to those with need. BIR has partnered with Helpline House to establish financial assistance coverage amounts. Participants who receive financial aid are anonymous to coaches and all other program participants.

To apply for a BIR rowing scholarship, reach out to a Helpline House to make a confidential appointment:

Email: helpline@helplinehouse

Phone: 206-842-7621

New to BIR with some rowing experience

If you have some previous experience and are new to BIR and interested in joining our rowing programs:

New BIR Adult Rower Registration - Please Register Here

Guest Rowers

Bainbridge Island Rowing welcomes experienced guest rowers to join our regularly scheduled practice sessions. This is a great way to take BIR for a test drive before becoming a member. It is also a flexible fitness option for rowers visiting from out of town. Guest rowers can row with BIR for up to two weeks in a given year before they are required to obtain a USRowing Membership or pay member fees.

Guest Rower - Please Register Here

Private Lessons

If you cannot participate in our Learn to Row classes, or you want a refresher class after returning to rowing after a long absence, we offer private lessons with our coaches during the spring and summer.

Age: Open to ages 18 years and up. For athletes ages 14-18, please check out the BIR Junior Programs.

Private coaching rates:

  • $80 for one 1-1/2 hour lesson for up to two people
  • $300 for a package of four 1-1/2 hour lessons. Package classes can be split up into several sessions. Two person maximum for each lesson.

Please Register Here for Private Lessons