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Bringing Rowing to the Community

Chicago Rowing Foundation has always strived to make rowing as accessible as possible to Chicagoans, and now to the Western Suburbs, regardless of age, race or socio-economic status.

In partnership with the Chicago Park District, CRF provides community programs at WMS Boathouse at Clark Park that propel our mission forward by providing greater opportunities for Chicagoans to learn about rowing and the benefits associated with the sport. CRF also started a team on the Des Plaines River in Burr Ridge, IL in 2017 to expand the vision of making rowing accessible to all into the Western Suburbs.

In addition to our competitive teams (juniors and Masters), CRF is proud to introduce community programs to include: learn to row, learn to row in a tank, and adaptive rowing, plus others! Whether you want to become fit with one of our land-based programs, or learn to row and see the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers from the vantage point of a rowing shell, we have a program option available for you.


For more information about our programs, please contact:

Maida Walin
Chicago Rowing Foundation
Executive Director, Team Management and Youth Development
773.495.4523 |

Learn to Row Programs

Learn to Row

If you've always been interested in rowing but have never tried it, then this is the class for you. This 6-class session will teach you the basic rowing stroke and technique. Next offering will be Summer 2018.

Learn to Row in a Tank

An indoor rowing tank is the best way to learn to sweep or scull before actually getting on the water. Learn to row in our state-of-the-art dynamic pulposion tank.

Adaptive Programs


Adaptive rowing for individuals with physical disabilities utilizing the moving water indoor tank and ergometers at WMS Boathouse at Clark Park.

Pauly's Pals

Peer adaptive program for individuals on the autism spectrum utilizing the moving water indoor tank at WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, named in honor Pauly Montgomery.

Middle School Rowing

Middle School Rowing

Middle School rowing is available for 6th graders with previous rowing experience with CRF, and experienced and unexperienced 7th and 8th graders.

High School Rowing

Competitive High School Rowing

This team is for 9th-12th graders who are interested in competitive rowing. There are 4 squads- Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys, Novice Girls and Novice Boys. High school rowers will compete in 4-5 regattas in the Fall and 5-6 regattas in the Spring.

Masters (Adult) Rowing

Masters Recreational and Competitive Teams

Our adult teams comprise of a co-ed recreational team, and a competitive men and women's team.

Rowing Links


USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. The organization promotes rowing on all levels of competition, including the selection and training of those who represent the US at international level. This site contains information on national championships sponsored by USRowing.

Regatta Central

Regatta Central contains information on regattas, including links to regatta sponsor sites, registration information and meet directions, heat sheets and results.


Row2K contains race dates and times, regatta results and links to regatta photos.