Female rowing team competing in a race.

Junior Rowing

Register for Juniors Spring 2019

The Indianapolis Rowing Center junior program is a rowing club for middle-school and high-school athletes grades 7-12.  We are a US Rowing registered club drawing athletes from nearly 20 Indianapolis area schools. The program runs year round with racing being held in the fall and spring and training camps in winter and summer.








Upper view of quadruple scull rowing team during the race, Lake Bled, Slovenia


The Indianapolis Rowing Center operates year round but the boathouse is only open during the rowing months (March-November).  On the water programs typically begin in April and will run through early November. According to USRowing, “A Master is a competitor who has attained or will attain the age of 21 during the current calendar year."  

Please refer to the Competitive Masters Handbook for further qualifications and expectations.

Technical Rowing Program for Masters

Winter Training - November - March
6210 Technology Center Drive, Indianapolis, IN. 46077

Masters rowers move indoors for the winter.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm, Saturday 8-10am


Competitive and Recreational Masters - $175
Non-IRC Member Masters Winter Training - $200.00



Annual Winter Race in Sarasota
Join the fun in the sun at the Sarasota Invitational February 24.  



On the Water Practice Schedule - Mid-March - November


Competitive -

Tuesday and Thursday 6:15-8:30pm, and Saturday 8-10am.
Both sweep and sculling will be done at all practices.


Technical -

Monday and Wednesday 6:15-8:30pm and Saturdays from 8-10am
Mondays and Wednesdays will be primarily sweep rowing technique while Saturdays will focus on Sculling technique

Masters Rowing Coaches

Program Fees

  • Coaches stipends·
  • Gas for the coaches launch(es)·
  • Insurance to cover the Rowing Center owned equipment being used·
  • Equipment maintenance expenses to repair/maintain equipment being used.
  • Regatta travel expenses are NOT included in the program fee.
 Adult29 or younger
Program Option

Financial Assistance

There are opportunities for financial assistance for membership and program fees.  Click HERE for more information.

Adaptive Rowing

The Indianapolis Rowing Center is proud to offer rowing to the physically challenged individuals in the Indianapolis community.  IRC has acquired adaptive equipment through a Christopher Reeve Foundation grant allowing us to teach on the indoor rowing machines and then provide on-the-water rowing opportunities

Adaptive rowing at the Indianapolis Rowing Center began in 2011 with a Learn to Row clinic for all individuals with a disability.  Ryan Hurd, an IRC member and masters rower, is very passionate about this division of rowing and has been spear-heading the Adaptive Rowing Program since its inception.


Adaptive Rowing Coaches


In 1980, Chris Blackwall, the executive director of USRowing, started the first U.S. rowing club solely for people with disabilities, the Philadelphia Rowing Program for the Disabled (PRPD). Other programs were starting up all over the world, and in 1993, adaptive rowing was included for the first time as an exhibition event at the FISA World Rowing Junior Championships in Finland and then again in 1999 at the World Rowing Championships in St. Catharines, Ontario.  


In 2002, the FISA world championships began to include adaptive rowing in the regular program. The sport gained momentum in 2005, when the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) voted to include adaptive rowing in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Achieving this major milestone spurred the growth of adaptive rowing worldwide. There are now 26 countries competing at the international level, which is an impressive increase from 2002 when only seven countries participated. As the number of programs worldwide increased, so did the level of competition.


Within adaptive rowing, there are subdivisions called classifications. Currently, there are four categories for adaptive rowers based on a functional classification system: arms and shoulders (AS), trunk and arms (TA), legs, trunk, and arms (LTA), and since the World Championships 2010 the legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four for intellectually disabled (LTAIDMix4+).




INDIANAPOLIS, IN – (February 26, 2015) – The Indianapolis Rowing Center (IRC) is proud to announce that it has received a $7,640 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling over $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded over 2,400 grants totaling over $18 million since 1999.
The Indianapolis Rowing Center will use the grant for the purchase of a two person rowing shell adapted for individuals with paralysis.


“The Indianapolis Rowing Center is grateful for the grant from the Reeve Foundation to be used for our Adaptive Rowing Program,” said Ryan Hurd, IRC’s Outreach Committee Chair.  “Adaptive rowing is becoming more popular among individuals with paralysis. It allows the athlete to leave their wheelchair behind, and explore their capabilities out on the water.  We currently only have one adaptive rowing shell in the boathouse, which forces us to limit the number of athletes that can row during practice. This grant will allow us to triple that number during a practice session.”


“The Reeve Foundation is committed to supporting programs and resources that foster independent living, improved health and community engagement,” said Maggie Goldberg, Vice President of Policy and Programs, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The recognized grantees are instrumental to our work at the Reeve Foundation as we strive to serve the disability community with a roadmap of resources and programs to enhance their quality of life.”   


The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis, as well as provide assistance and education to their families and caregivers. Funded programs serve individuals living with spinal cord injury and other injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including but not limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The grants support life-changing initiatives that aim to increase quality of life by improving physical and emotional health, broadening community engagement, and increasing independence.Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00).


About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (cooperative agreement number 90PR3001-01-00). For more information, please visit our website at or call 800-539-7309.


Winter Indoor Rowing

When the weather turns cold and the water freezes, the Indianapolis Rowing Center moves indoors for winter training.  This typically occurs mid-November and runs through March. The current boathouse is not winterized, so IRC moves all of its rowing machines to another location and holds indoor classes there.  IRC pays a rental fee for this space, which is not included in the Annual Membership or Program fees. As a result, there is a fee for winter training. This fee covers indoor rowing classes from November through March.  


Rowing is a great total body, low impact workout, and is an awesome cross training activity for cyclists, swimmers and runners over the winter.  Come try us out, and then join us on the water in the spring!
Email if you are interested in a class.

Class Options

Winter Training fees

Technical and Competitive Masters - $175 (members) and $200 (non-members)
Juniors - $275

Register under Classes/Camps.

Intro to Indoor Rowing - a NEW class intended for rowers interested in learning how to row and get in a great workout on the indoor rowing machine.
No experience necessary, open to all ages and skill levels.

Recreational Masters Rowing - novice/beginner/recreational adult rowers

Competitive Masters  - adult rowers looking to get involved in competitions at the regional or national level

Indoor Winter Training Location

6210 Technology Center Drive
Indianapolis, IN. 46077


  • Competitive Masters - Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm; Saturday, 8-10am
  • Junior Program - Monday through Friday, 4:30-6:15pm, Saturday, 3-5pm
  • Recreational Masters - Monday and Wednesday, 6:15-7:45pm; Saturday, 8-10am

All questions regarding the program should be directed to the Executive Director, Andrew Purdie or, 317-991-1829


The Indianapolis Rowing Center provides rowing programs to underprivileged youth in the Public School system through our RowIndy Program.  Our Mission is to provide rowing to youth and adults of all social and economic backgrounds. Students come to the boathouse in Eagle Creek Park for on the water rowing experience in April and May.  

Rowing exposes the students to higher education opportunities and scholarships at the collegiate level. Rowing also provides the opportunity to improve their physical fitness and communication, while emphasizing teamwork.


The RowIndy Program at the Indianapolis Rowing Center is part of our Outreach efforts.  RowIndy provides rowing opportunities to low income students (65-85% free/reduced- priced lunch programs) of Indianapolis Public Schools.  Rowing is a great way to improve their physical fitness and overall health, in addition to improving their communication skills. The students also learn about teamwork, time management, leadership, all while exposing them to higher-education opportunities and scholarships.