About Us

As a club sport at UW, we have to cancel all practices until further notice. Stay healthy.

Who are we?

Union Bay Rowing Club (UBRC) is a registered club sport at the University of Washington.

The club consists of students, faculty and staff who love rowing. We practice both sweep rowing and sculling in fours, quads, doubles and pairs.

UBRC is a member organization of USRowing, entitling our members to organize and enter boats in local and regional regattas. The fall head-race season is particularly active in the Seattle area.

Who is eligible to join?

Any students, faculty, and staff at the University of Washington are eligible to join. UBRC alumni are allowed to continue after graduating. Spouses and registered domestic partners are invited to participate with their spouse or domestic partner.

If you are an experienced rower or have had some exposure to the sport through an intensive weekend learn-to-row class or have rowed for more than half a quarter in a competitive program (e.g., UW crew try-outs), you can join as an experienced member.

Otherwise, we require novice training, which is offered at the beginning of spring and fall quarters through an IMA Sports Skills class. Most local clubs and the Seattle parks department (at both Green Lake and Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center) also offer intro-to-rowing classes. Completion of any of those programs qualifies you to join UBRC.


We currently practice Tuesday-Friday, 6-8am, from the ASUW Shell House on the UW Seattle campus. To make rowing accessible for busy academic schedules, we are only required to come to practices that we sign up for the night before.

Our practices are self-coached and interested rowers are encouraged to explore assuming the responsibilities of running practices. In winter quarter, our rowers often coordinate land training for the first half of the quarter. We then resume water practices in mid-February. Once water practices resume, we continue rowing (through quarter breaks) until the week of December 13th — subject to the availability of the coaches to lead practices.


Membership dues are the primary means by which the UBRC maintains and acquires new equipment and covers gas for the safety launch. Dues are to be paid by the tenth working day of each quarter. New members are to pay dues and by their third workout. All dues and fees are non-refundable. Dues are paid through PayPal.

with IMA membership $50.00
without IMA membership $95.00
Continuing after Novice Class $20.00
Full-time coxswains Free


For more information, email ubrc@uw.edu