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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.

Featured Class: Indoor Rowing

Get ready for spring rowing with these rowing-inspired workouts during the off season. Training takes place at the rowing tanks and crew workout area at 300 Babcock Street. Technical and physiological workouts are done both on the rowing ergometer and in the rowing tanks. A review of technical rowing points is conducted periodically and a rigorous training schedule is included. Participants can sign up for between one and four days per week. No prerequisite.

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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.

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