How to Join

Options, options, options. The rowing community of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill is growing by leaps and bounds. We know that there are many other clubs in the area, and want to thank you for taking the time for considering RDU Crew. RDU Crew, unlike the other clubs in the area, prides itself on being a small-boat club-we only row boats that hold 4 or less people. There are many great advantages to rowing in smaller boats, which is why we are so proud to operate under this philosophy. Unlike rowing in large 8+ boats, rowing is singles and doubles forces the novice or veteran rower to pay extra attention to his or her stroke. Rowers who learn how to row on smaller boats tend to have phenomenal form, whereas rowers who learn on larger boats tend to be focused on power. Another common problem with large boats is that 7/8 people will show up to row, but cannot row an 8, because they are missing a rower; rowing smaller boats guarantees that there is always a combination of boats that allows everyone to row. Smaller boats, means less boats, which means a higher coach:rower ratio. We know that choosing a club is hard, but we hope that you’ll chose your local small-boat club!

For New Rowers

RDU Crew Learn to Row sessions. 

One on One lessons on the basics of the strokes, and getting you in the boat. The lessons are two hours long and are taught over the course of two weeks, and are open to anyone! 

Cost:$200 for a 4 session class.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of the classes go towards the cost of membership, if you make the great decision to row with us.

For Experienced Rowers

We’d be delighted to have you join us on beautiful Lake Crabtree! Although we’d like to not charge anyone to row, certain costs and expenses must be covered (boats, storage, gasoline, labor, etc). On top of the stated prices, we ask that if it is possible, you make a $200 donation to our “new equipment” fund.


Youth: $800/year + 10 hours of service

Adult: $365 + 10 hours of service

Adult + Storage: $600 + 10 hours of service — COMING SOON


Student Membership: $125 a year, when home from college

The annual requirement of 10 hours of community service helps us keep costs down, and keeps our park healthy. There are a number of ways to fulfill these opportunities, among them are: assistant coach at Learn to Row or for para-rowing team, lake clean-up day, becoming a board member, or a different skill that you have and hope to bring to the community.


All Regatta fees are in addition to the stated prices.


Adult rowers will be required to row under the supervision of a coach until they pass an ability test, at which point they will be able to check out equipment and row at their own convenience.


Coaching for masters will be available twice a week on Wednesdays from 4:30 until 6:30 and on Saturdays from 8:30 until 10:30

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