Rowing is the act of propelling a boat through the water with the use of oars. In a rowing shell the rower sits on a seat that moves both forward and backward. This enables the rower to bend and straighten his or her legs increasing the length of each row or “stroke” as we say. This makes the boat much more effective and faster than a regular rowboat. The rower basically rows using the oars to push the water in front of them causing them to go backwards. There are two different types of rowing, sweep and sculling. In sweep rowing each rower holds one oar with both hands, and is in a boat with 2, 4 or 8 other rowers. In sculling, each rower has two oars, one in each hand, and may row in a single, double or quad.
We are located in MacWilliams Park by the boat ramps directly across the basin from the Dog Park. See our LOCATION MAP
We have an 8 week Learn to Row program designed for total novices. There are two Learn to Row programs each year. Our Winter session consists of morning classes beginning in January and our Summer session consists of evening classes beginning in June.
All members who have completed our Learn To Row program or have previous rowing experience can use our club boats whenever they would like. You can sign up for a membership HERE.
While the best value can be found in our annual option, adult memberships are available in 1 year ($500), 6 month ($300), 3 month ($170), and 1 month ($60) options to suit the needs of part-time residents.
Coached sessions for adult members take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 to 10:30 AM for most of the year. In June and July, coached sessions for adults take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 8:00 PM. In addition to coached sessions, adult members who have completed our Learn To Row program or have previous rowing experience can use our club boats whenever they would like.
No. The club owns a great variety of boats available for our members to use. That said, many of our most avid rowers decide to get their own boat in order to guarantee its availability as club boats are available on a first come, first served basis.
Yes! We have plenty of rack space available for our members to store their private boats at our facility. The rack storage fee is $250. Stored boats do not necessarily need to be rowing boats. Kayaks and canoes are welcome.
While we typically do our best to stay on the water rather than in the water, there is always the possibility that you could end up on the wrong side of the hull when you go out rowing. All members are required to complete a Swim Attestation form before getting started.
Our High School Competitive Team is open to students in 9th-12th grade who are eligible to compete in athletics at Vero Beach High School. Our Youth Recreational Team is available to students in 7th-12th grade who would like to get involved in rowing but are ineligible to compete for the high school or for anyone uninterested in the competitive side of the sport.

Both the Competitive Team and the Recreational Team have Fall (beginning in August) and Spring (beginning in January) seasons. Rowers can participate in either or both.

Finally, we have Summer Rowing Camps available which offer rowing opportunities to youth rowers of all experience levels in two week sessions.

The fee for the Fall Season (also known as Head Race Season) is $520. This covers the costs of equipment usage and repair, race entries, regatta food, coaching, and general operational costs. The fee for the Spring Season (also known as Sprint or Championship Season) is $860. The Spring Season is the longer of the two seasons and involves a greater number of races as well as the possibility of qualifying for State and National Championship regattas (travel to these extra races is not included in the cost of the regular season). Payment plans are available to those wishing to spread their payments out over the length of the season.
The fee for each season with the Youth Recreational Team is $300. This fee covers the costs of equipment usage and repair, coaching, and general operational costs.
We are working to build up programs to give back to the community and expose a wide variety of people to rowing on the Indian River Lagoon. In the past, we have partnered with Youth Guidance to provide rowing opportunities to disadvantaged youth and we are currently working with Friends After Diagnosis to provide rowing opportunities to Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors. As we grow it is our goal to do more and more of these special programs for the betterment of the community.
We are currently working towards building a Community Rowing Center which will enhance both Vero Beach’s economy and its cultural offerings. The boathouse will further emphasizing our reputation as a vibrant prestigious community offering a wide range of cultural activities to our residents and visitors.
Contributions are always appreciated. Information on Donor Levels for the building project can be found HERE (link to document).
Vero Beach is an ideal location for visiting crews to train. We have plenty of protected water and our rowing site is only a few minutes from the beach. Our new facility already has extra rack space for visiting crews to store boats safely and once the boathouse is finished, the current facility will be left in place for visiting crews to use. Contact Director of Rowing Gary Marra at coach.irrc@gmail.com for more information on training in Vero Beach.