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Row your way to fitness.

Located on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, the DeWolfe Boathouse is a state-of-the-art facility and an ideal place to sharpen your rowing skills or to learn to row. Rowing is an excellent aerobic exercise that will improve muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and agility. Not to mention the positive mental benefits of beginning or ending your day on the Charles River in fresh air and sunshine.

Rowing and sculling classes are offered in the early morning and evening during the summer and fall, while indoor rowing training is offered in the off-season. The DeWolfe Boathouse provides an invigorating environment for rowing against the backdrop of the beautiful Boston skyline.

Boating Swim Test

The Boating Swim Test is required for all outdoor rowing classes and may be taken during open swim hours at the Competition Pool at FitRec. The test includes the following components:

  1. Jump or dive into the pool and swim 5 yards/3 body lengths underwater.
  2. Surface and continue swimming 100 yards, demonstrating rhythmic breathing (freestyle or breaststroke).
  3. Touch the wall, move away, and tread water for 2 continuous minutes.
  4. Float on your stomach without sculling or kicking for 1 minute, turning only your head to breathe.

Featured Class: Beginning Rowing


Participants are taught the fundamentals of the rowing stroke, first on land and in a stable training barge, then in eight oared rowing shells. It may be necessary to steer and take control of a crew and boat as a coxswain as part of the class. Basic safety instruction and procedures are also taught and emphasized.

Prerequisite: Completion of the BU Boating Swim Test is required.

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