Registration

Thank you for your interest in a Westford Community Rowing program. This guide is designed to help you navigate our registration and compliance process. Registration is not difficult, but there are a number of steps that for safety reasons must be completed before you can participate in any WCR program. Failure to complete all the required steps will only delay your getting on the water.

Answers to most of your questions can be found on our website and in the WCR Handbook – Policies and Safety Rules.

If after perusing those resources you still have questions, please reach out to us. Speak to any member, any coach, or use one of the following email addresses.

row@westfordrowing.org General questions and requests

membership@westfordrowing.org Membership questions

safety@westfordrowing.org Safety questions and to schedule a WCR Captains Test

WCR is a small club yet we are able to offer programs for everyone. Find the program that interests you for more details.

These programs are geared towards novice and intermediate rowers. If you never held an oar before these are for you. If it’s been a while these are great refreshers. If you want to sharpen a particular skill these may be for you.

We run these classes from late spring through the summer and into early fall provided there is demand and our coaches are available.

Depending on how many sign up and their interests, these classes can focus on sweep rowing, sculling, or both.

To sign up for an introductory class follow these steps:

  • Register for your class at RegattaCentral (under Learn-To-Row)

  • Pay for your class at time of registration or by check payable to Westford Community Rowing. Bring checks to the first class or mail to PO Box 2035, Westford, MA 01886.

  • Take the WCR Swim Test. Swim tests from other clubs or activities are acceptable provided they are recent and meet or exceed the WCR requirements. Swim tests must be completed before going on the water. WCR does not administer swim tests. Swim tests are valid for five years.

  • Read and sign the WCR Waiver and Release of Liability. These must be signed each calendar year. Waivers must be signed before participating in a WCR program.

  • Join USRowing. An annual Basic Membership costs $9.75. Go to www.usrowing.org to sign-up, use club code XVNCL. USRowing membership is required before participating in a WCR program.

  • Watch the USRowing Safety Video. The video can be found on the USRowing website. Watching the video before going on the water is mandatory.

  • Please register for iCrew our boat reservation and lineup system, use club code 2R0C2W0. Please do not create a new account if you already have one from a previous season.

These programs are geared towards the more experienced rower. If you are not sure if this is the program for you please reach out to one of our more senior members, one of our coaches, or use the email links above. Taking a Learn-to-Row or Introduction-to-Rowing class is a great way to meet some of us and brush up on your skills. We welcome anyone 18 years or older.

Our sweep programs run from late winter/early spring (we start indoors) to the end of October. Collegiate programs run over summer break.

These programs are coached and meet either in the morning (before the workday) or in the evening (after the workday).

To sign up for a masters rowing program follow these steps:

  • Register for your class at RegattaCentral (under Programs)

  • Pay for your class by check payable to Westford Community Rowing. Bring checks to the first session (use the drop-box in the oar shed) or mail to PO Box 2035, Westford, MA 01886.

  • Read the WCR Handbook – Policies and Safety Rules, knowing our safety rules and policies is necessary before going on the water and complete the Club Policy Assessment.

  • Take the WCR Swim Test. Swim tests from other clubs or activities are acceptable provided they are recent and meet or exceed the WCR requirements. Swim tests must be completed before going on the water. WCR does not administer swim tests. Swim tests are valid for five years.

  • Read and sign the WCR Waiver and Release of Liability. These must be signed each calendar year. Waivers must be signed before participating in a WCR program.

  • Join USRowing. An annual Basic Membership costs $9.75. Go to www.usrowing.org to sign-up, use club code XVNCL. USRowing membership is required before participating in a WCR program.

  • Watch the USRowing Safety Video. The video can be found on the USRowing website. Watching the video before going on the water is mandatory.

  • Please register for iCrew our boat reservation and lineup system, use club code 2R0C2W0. Please do not create a new account if you already have one from a previous season.

Logbook Sculling is for the experienced sculler. If you have any doubt about your boat handling skills take a Learn-to-Scull class before signing up for Logbook Sculling.

Logbook Sculling runs for as long as conditions allow. Collegiate programs run over summer break.

Before you can take out a boat you must pass the WCR Captains Test. Details about the test are in the WCR Handbook – Policies and Safety Rules. A few things to keep in mind: tests from other clubs cannot be accepted, it is expected you know how to scull and have strong boat handling skills before signing up for the test, and all the following steps must be satisfied before scheduling a test.

To sign up for logbook sculling follow these steps:

  • Take a learn-to-scull class or have recent sculling experience.

  • Speak to a coach or the Safety Captain and receive their recommendation or permission.

  • Register for Logbook Sculling at RegattaCentral (under Logbook)

  • Pay for your class by check payable to Westford Community Rowing. Bring checks to your captain’s test or mail to PO Box 2035, Westford, MA 01886.

  • Read the WCR Handbook – Policies and Safety Rules, knowing our safety rules and policies is necessary before going on the water and complete the Club Policy Assessment.

  • Take the WCR Swim Test. Swim tests from other clubs or activities are acceptable provided they are recent and meet or exceed the WCR requirements. Swim tests must be completed before going on the water. WCR does not administer swim tests. Swim tests are valid for five years.

  • Read and sign the WCR Waiver and Release of Liability. These must be signed each calendar year. Waivers must be signed before participating in a WCR program.

  • Join USRowing. An annual Basic Membership costs $9.75. Go to www.usrowing.org to sign-up, use club code XVNCL. USRowing membership is required before participating in a WCR program.

  • Watch the USRowing Safety Video. The video can be found on the USRowing website. Watching the video before going on the water is mandatory. Logbook Scullers must watch the entire video, including the Coaches and Administrators section.

  • Complete the Knowledge Assessment portion of the WCR Captains Test.

  • Schedule your WCR Captains Test. Instructions are in the WCR Handbook – Policies and Safety Rules.

  • After passing the WCR Captains Test, please register for iCrew our boat reservation system, use club code 2R0C2W0. Please do not create a new account if you already have one from a previous season.

These programs are open to anyone from novice to experienced, for those looking for an introduction to the sport and those wanting a hard workout.

Winter erging runs, well, over the winter. Collegiate programs run over winter break.

To sign up for winter erging follow these steps:

These programs are open to middle and high school athletes from any town, from novice to experienced rowers.

We run these classes from late spring through the summer provided there is demand and our coaches are available.

Depending on how many sign up and their interests, these classes can focus on sweep rowing, sculling, or both.

To sign up for a youth program follow these steps:

  • Register for your class at RegattaCentral (under Learn-To-Row)

  • Pay for your class at time of registration.

  • Take the WCR Swim Test. Swim tests from other clubs or activities are acceptable provided they are recent and meet or exceed the WCR requirements. Swim tests must be completed before going on the water. WCR does not administer swim tests. Swim tests are valid for five years.

  • Read and sign the WCR Waiver and Release of Liability. These must be signed each calendar year. Waivers must be signed before participating in a WCR program.

  • Join USRowing. An annual Basic Membership costs $9.75. Go to www.usrowing.org to sign-up, use club code XVNCL. USRowing membership is required before participating in a WCR program.

  • Watch the USRowing Safety Video. The video can be found on the USRowing website. Watching the video before going on the water is mandatory.

  • Please register for iCrew our boat reservation and lineup system, use club code 2R0C2W0. Please do not create a new account if you already have one from a previous season.

Westford Community Rowing is proud to support the Westford Academy Crew Team. For information on their Spring and Fall seasons visit www.westfordrowing.org/wa-crew or reach out to WA directly.

National Learn to Row Day

Westford Community Rowing participates in National Learn to Row Day. Rowing clubs throughout the country open their doors on the first Sunday in June to anyone between the ages of 13 and 120. No need to sign up, just come down to Forge Beach for an introduction to rowing.

For more information visit www.westfordrowing.org/ltr-day.

Coxswains

We are always looking for coxswains. We need coxswains for our Masters Sweep programs, our Learn-to-Row programs both adult & youth, WA welcomes coxswains, and we need coxswains for when we race at local & regional regattas. There are opportunities to only cox or cox & row.

If interested, speak to any member, any coach, or use one of the above email addresses.

There is a registration and compliance process for coxswains as well that depends on the program you wish to join, but includes:

  • Register as a coxswain at RegattaCentral (under Memberships) if you are not registered for any other program.

  • Read the WCR Handbook – Policies and Safety Rules, knowing our safety rules and policies is necessary before going on the water.

  • Take the Member Assessment Quiz.

  • Know the Forge Pond Traffic Pattern.

  • Take the WCR Swim Test. Swim tests from other clubs or activities are acceptable provided they are recent and meet or exceed the WCR requirements. Swim tests must be completed before going on the water. WCR does not administer swim tests. Swim tests are valid for five years.

  • Read and sign the WCR Waiver and Release of Liability. These must be signed each calendar year. Waivers must be signed before participating in a WCR program.

  • Join USRowing. An annual Basic Membership costs $9.75. Go to www.usrowing.org to sign-up, use club code XVNCL. USRowing membership is required before participating in a WCR program.

  • Watch the USRowing Safety Video. The video can be found on the USRowing website. Watching the video before going on the water is mandatory. Coxswains must watch the entire video, including the Coaches and Administrators section.

  • Complete the Knowledge Assessment portion of the WCR Captains Test.

Private Lessons are for one or two people. For most people a Learn-to-Row is a better option.

To sign up for a lesson follow these steps:

  • Schedule your private lesson. Contact WCR at row@westfordrowing.org.

  • Register for your lesson at RegattaCentral (under Learn-To-Row)

  • Pay for your lesson at time of registration or by check payable to Westford Community Rowing. Bring checks to your lesson or mail to PO Box 2035, Westford, MA 01886.

  • Take the WCR Swim Test. Swim tests from other clubs or activities are acceptable provided they are recent and meet or exceed the WCR requirements. Swim tests must be completed before going on the water. WCR does not administer swim tests. Swim tests are valid for five years.

  • Read and sign the WCR Waiver and Release of Liability. These must be signed each calendar year. Waivers must be signed before participating in a WCR program.

  • Join USRowing. An annual Basic Membership costs $9.75. Go to www.usrowing.org to sign up, use club code XVNCL. Alternatively, you may sign a USRowing paper waiver. USRowing membership (or waiver) is required before participating in a WCR program.

  • Watch the USRowing Safety Video. The video can be found on the USRowing website. Watching the video before going on the water is mandatory.