We are launched in 2021 with a series of learn-to-row events in order to build awareness and relationships in the community. Throughout 2022, we are launching a series of new programs to expand access and opportunities. This deliberate approach will allow us to focus on creating a positive, inclusive culture of excellence. Please see below for more details or email us with questions.


We are committed to increasing awareness of and opportunities to participate in rowing.

    • Do you work with youth?

    • Are you involved with a community group that might want to learn more about rowing?

    • We can bring rowing machines to schools, community events, church, etc. We can do a quick 30minute program or set up a tent for a day and talk to people.

    • Contact us to discuss options and help us create an inclusive community rowing program.

    • See our News page for a list of upcoming community events and follow us on Instagram @tacomarowing for updates.


We are proud to be a partner of STEM to Stern Rowing.

    • STEM to Stern aims to eliminate traditional barriers to participation in the sport of rowing

    • STEM to Stern offers opportunities for learning, discovery and community

    • STEM to Stern participants will be have access to transportation, swim lessons, nutritious snacks and rowing gear through partners and donors, including 88 Acres, Concept2 and JLRacing


We want to empower youth with access, knowledge and opportunity.

C.R.E.W. is a free program for Tacoma's high school youth.

Did you know that you do NOT need to row in high school in order to row competitively in college?

In 5 sessions, we teach participants the basics of the sport on land and on the water. We also discuss collegiate rowing opportunities at the Division 1, 2 and 3 levels.

We run these for groups of 8-10 students from the same high school. We also have some 1-on-1 spots available as well.

C.R.E.W. is designed to be fun, informative. There is no commitment beyond the 5 sessions. If you don’t want to row more, no worries. You will walk away with fun memories and learn some practical cross training movements to make you stronger in your current sport.


Beginning in the summer of 2022, we will offer group and private rowing lessons for adults.

Group classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:15pm. In 8 sessions, we provide an introduction to rowing, including: basic technique, physiology, terminology and safety. This introductory class is intended for adults new to the sport or who have limited experience with rowing. The summer session will run June 27 - July 21. Registration will be available through MetroParks soon.

Private classes can be scheduled by contacting us.


We recognize the important work BIPoC entrepreneurs do in our community. We also know that you work long hours, including weekends. Join us on Monday mornings for fun, community and learning.

Thanks to Marquita from Intentions Juice Bar. She proposed this idea during a learn-to-row session in 2021.

  • This is a free program

  • No experience necessary

  • Sessions run May - September

  • Want to register or have questions? Contact us today to learn more.


Have you ever wanted to row but never got a chance? Did reading A Most Beautiful Thing or a Boys in the Boat give you the urge to try rowing? It's never too late!

If you are looking for a unique, fun and challenging team-building activity for your team, company or military unit, rowing is for everyone and anyone. We can customize a memorable full day or half day learn-to-row event.

100% of the cost of your event will go towards supporting our youth programs.

Included in your experience will be:

  • On-land introduction to rowing

  • Instruction on proper rowing terminology and boat handling/safety

  • On-the-water rowing

We have small and large boats to accommodate various group sizes.

Contact us today to discuss your group and needs.


Are you an educator or fitness professional in the Tacoma area?

If so, but you have not rowed on the water, this program is for you.

What's in it for you?

  • Learn to row on the water and/or refine your rowing machine coaching technique.

  • Take this as far as you want. If you want to row regularly, great. If not, that is fine.

  • Help shape our programming and offerings.

What's in it for us?

  • We want to build connections in the community.

  • We want to increase the awareness and understanding of rowing within our community.

  • We want to increase the number of fitness-minded individuals who can coach rowing.

How it works:

  • Email to let us know you are interested and tell us about your background and career goals.

  • We will work together to determine a mutually beneficial plan.

  • This program is free, but capacity is limited.

What's with the name?

  • Early in the drive phase on the rowing stroke, when the blade is in the water, the oar bends as force is applied.

  • Deliberate application of energy results in changes- in this case, force moves the boat.

  • We want to bend the arc of this sport. We are making deliberate efforts to:

      • Increase awareness or and access to the sport

      • Create pathways for new coaches

Contact us today to learn more.

We are a volunteer run organization. All income goes directly towards supporting the youth program in the form of scholarships, transportation, programming and equipment.