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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.

Masters Sculling

Prerequisite: Beginning and Intermediate sculling classes or the equivalent, and participants must pass the BU Boating Swim Test to qualify for this course only if they have not completed it within the past 5 years. This class will involve rigorous workouts for those with some sculling experience and emphasize skill development. The double scull boat and single scull will be used primarily. A review of safety and operating procedures will be a part of this course.

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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. Upon passing the Boating Swim Test, a BU Boat Test Card will be issued. This card is valid for five years and must be presented to your rowing instructor at the first class. 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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