Belville Community Rowing is founded as a volunteer-directed, educational, non-profit organization dedicated to the belief that the sport of rowing provides unique opportunities to promote personal and community growth through camaraderie, teamwork, and physical fitness. The group is dedicated to fostering a community that is both welcoming and supportive of adult rowers. Belville Community Rowing programs to increase knowledge of water safety, and appreciation for the valuable natural and cultural resources of our region.
Most of the shells in our small fleet are sculls - wherein each rower holds two oars. We have one 4-sweep boat, launched in January of 2021 and may add more in the future, depending on progress and funding priorities.
We typically row at dawn and near dusk for the lowest winds/waves; this also happens to be the time wildlife is most active. Our retired members can take advantage of good conditions any time of day! After being vetted as a member, you can soak up the silence in a single or join a group in the quad. Either way, there is often coffee and a smile; we love to share flat, "glassy" water.
US Rowing is a great place to start for safety information. We urge you to check out many of their resources by starting here.
No one wants it to happen, but preparation in key. Learn more than one way to get back in the boat and practice annually if you plan to row singles.
Before you row, check local conditions for weather, tides, and approaching storms. Additional considerations before you launch - requires request for access.
Using an erg at our site or a gym allows a new rower to get familiar with the stroke on stable land and helps experienced rowers improve technique and build strength and stamina.
What to expect your first day on the water to avoid swimming, hurting yourself or others or damaging equipment. Communication is key.
Classic style and a fun accent. This video helps you think about the physics of entering the boat. FYI, our starter boats are far more stable than this demo shell!