About reserving shared boats
If you are a new member of the Boathouse, or just new to reserving one of the club’s shared boats, here’s all you need to know about getting started.
Share Boathouse boats must be reserved online, in advance
To row a shared boat, you must make a reservation in advance, using the online reservation system.
Generally, only White Rock Boathouse members are allowed to reserve and row shared boats. Those taking lessons from a Boathouse coach are also eligible (contact the Masters Program Coordinator for information). Experienced rowers who are visiting or who would like to take a trial row may contact the Boathouse President, the Membership Coordinator, or the Boathouse Captain to request certification and permission.
Reservation time slots
Reservations are for one- or two-hour periods, starting on the hour. If you’ve made a one-hour reservation at 7:00a, please be back by 8:00a. If you don’t head out until 7:15a, you’re still due back at the dock by 8:00a so that the next rower can take the boat.
Peak times limited to one-hour slots
Reservations are limited to one-hour periods during peak rowing hours, 6-11a and 5-8p daily. Please, no back-to-back one-hour reservations at this time, either.
If you find yourself at the Boathouse with no reservation and would like to row, you may do so by waiting until ten minutes past the hour, then identifying a Boathouse boat unused for the hour. Be sure to log out as usual, and be sure to return the boat in fifty minutes in case it is reserved for the next time slot.
Note that this means that if you have reserved a boat and have not shown up at the Boathouse at ten past the hour, your reservation is subject to cancellation.
You must be certified to row Level 2 and Level 3 boats. See the section on boat levels at the bottom of the Club boats page.
Boats are rigged uniquely - row what you reserve
With a few exceptions noted below, each Boathouse shared boat is rigged uniquely, so it is wise to identify a particular boat that fits you well, then reserve and row it regularly.
The two Maas Aeros are rigged identically, so whichever you reserve, row the Aero that is racked lower.
Note that the 24A is rigged for rowers under seventy inches tall. 24B and 24C are rigged identically, for taller rowers. The 24C is new; please be sure that you are completely comfortable launching and racking 24s before reserving the 24C.
If you have trouble with a shared boat or need to report a problem, contact the Boathouse Captain.
If you need help with the reservation system, email the Boathouse Webmaster.