Rowing Program


Rowing at Hingham Maritime Center

Treat yourself to scenic Hingham Harbor while learning to row. Rowing is a lifelong sport that offers benefits at any age. This low-impact aerobic activity exercises all major muscle groups and provides a great sense of accomplishment. All levels of rowers will be taught by our staff of expert, dedicated instructors.

Adult Classes

It’s never too late to start rowing and adults of any age or experience level will enjoy this outdoor activity on Hingham Harbor. Adult classes typically meet 2 times a week for 90 minutes each. Adults ages 18 and up are welcome to register for our classes and any age, ability level or fitness level are encouraged to try out or advance within this wonderful sport in one of our programs.

Youth Classes

Start a sport that you can enjoy for a lifetime! Five-week sessions are offered in
the spring and fall; two four-week sessions are offered in the summer and we offer a limited erg (indoor rowing) class for a smaller amount of students if there is interest.
Most of our youth rowers are middle school age and our youth rowing classes start at age 12.

Our Fleet

HMC’s fleet is centered around a variety of different sculling boats (which have two oars per person, rather than one, aka ‘sweep’ rowing). We have small boats (1/2 people) and crew boats (4/5 people). We also have a pilot sweep 8 program that is invitation only at the moment.

Small Boats

These are one person (singles) or two person boats (doubles). LMC owns Hudson tubs, Alden Stars, Echoes, a Maas double and a few other small boat racing shells. Small boats are used in a variety of different scenarios and we also offer dedicated Small Boat Classes at the Novice and Open/Advanced Level (instructor approval required for Open/Advanced Small Boat).

Hudson T11 Quads

HMC owns four Hudson T11 Quads (four people, one coxswain). These open water/coastal boats are used across all levels, and even the advanced classes will go out in these boats on windy or rough days. They are stable, sliding seat shells that provide a great way of facilitating both the learning and advancement of your rowing. If you sign up for Learn to Row, Beginner or Open, you will most likely row in a Hudson T11.

Racing Quads

HMC owns two coxless racing quads. These fast and light boats require a comprehensive knowledge of both rowing and the waterway and they provide a chance for some of our adult rowers to test and sharpen their rowing skills and abilities. The Advanced/Racing Quad class is for rowers who have met the criteria as outlined above for this class.

Sweep Boats

HMC owns two older Vespoli sweep boats (a women’s sweep 8+and a midweight 4+). These boats are used in our fledging sweep/racing shell program which includes both the development and competitive Masters Sweep program. We also own a Vespoli trailer and hope to someday fill this with more sweep boats as this program continues to grow.

Open/Independent Rowing and Erging

Our independent boating program is under program review and new criteria/offerings will be posted soon. Open rowing is only available to registered intermediate or advanced rowers and does not typically begin until the start of the Summer A session. We do offer independent logbook erging; please refer to our registration site and adult rowing page for more information. Please note, we do not offer shell storage for private boaters. If you own your own shell and would like to inquire about launching from HMC, please email: for more information.

We look forward to having you join us on the water!