Are you interested in giving the sport of rowing a try, or are you a returning rower and miss the Occoquan?  Then join us for the Fall Learn-to-Row Program, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 3rd — 26th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This program is designed to introduce new rowers to the sport at our Sandy Run facility on the Occoquan River, from the proper way to hold an oar, to porting a shell, to actually going out in a boat.  Returning rowers will have an opportunity to get out on the water before Winter Conditioning starts, while also helping the coaches teach new skills to our recruits.

Attending even a couple of sessions will be helpful for novices to understand the nature (and inherent awesomeness) of Crew, and no prior rowing experience is necessary.  Learn-to-Row is offered to students of all grades at OHS at no cost, although there is a small fee for new rowers to register with USRowing for the required 2017 waivers.  RETURNING ROWERS do not need to complete a new USRowing waiver until January 2018.

**Please note that for Fall Learn-to-Row, Oakton Crew does NOT provide transportation to and from the river after school.  We encourage participants to carpool if possible.


  • Complete the online registration form HERE.


1.   Emergency Care Form, or you can download the form already completed for OHS through your Blackboard account using the WeCare link.

2.  Communicable Disease Form

     Mail the Emergency Care and Communicable Disease Forms to:  VP Membership OCCBC, P.O. Box 3206, Oakton, VA 22124  — or bring them to Open Boathouse (9/23) or the New Rower Interest Meeting (9/26).

3.  VHSL Physical

     BRING YOUR PHYSICAL to the Activities Office at OHS, ROOM 173 — you cannot mail this to OCCBC or hand it to a coach.  Any rower who does not have a completed physical filed with the Activities Office will not be allowed on the water.

STEP THREE:  NEW ROWERS:  Complete the 2017 USRowing Waiver

  • Go to the USRowing Membership Portal and select "Individuals/Join."
  • Enter club name: "Oakton High School" and club code: "AASHJ"
  • Enroll in Basic Membership (fee $7.75) and sign the waiver for 2017 (Confirmation will be sent directly to Oakton Crew).

STEP FOUR:  NEW ROWERS:  Complete a Swim Test:

A swim test is required for all new rowers to participate in Learn-to-Row, or to join Crew in the spring.  For more information see our Swim Test Guidelines.  We will be conducting a FREE group swim test at Oak Marr Rec Center on Thursday, September 28th from 7:00 — 8:30 p.m.  You do not need to sign up in advance, and any questions can be directed to Jean Broome: membership@oaktoncrew.com.

If you cannot make it to group testing on the 28th, you can independently arrange a swim test with a certified life guard by calling your local pool or YMCA to schedule.  There may be a charge for this, depending on the facility.  Upon completion, please have the lifeguard sign off on Oakton's Swim Test Certificate and return it to OCCBC.


After that you're all set, and we're looking forward to seeing you on the river!  Once you complete the above forms, you will not need to complete them again to register for Crew later this fall.  (However USRowing waivers need to be updated in January 2018).

CANCELLATION POLICY:  We row in light winds or moderate rain, but in the event of severe weather (lightning, high winds, heavy downpours) LTR will be cancelled for the day.  Please check our Twitter feed @oaktoncrew for updates if the weather is bad, or you can email the coaches at coaches@oaktoncrewcom, our membership coordinator at membership@oaktoncrew.comor our communications coordinator at communications@oaktoncrew.com with questions.  Don't follow us on Twitter?  Our feed is detailed here.