New paddlers are welcome to join the team at any time. No prior experience is needed – just come to our practices and we will get you started. If this is your first practice, please contact us at dboat [at] hcs.harvard.edu so we know to expect you.
Practice SIGN-UP via LINK
NOTE – there may be a slight delay in the publishing of the Google Doc to this webpage.
**New paddlers, please sign up with your FULL NAME**
Google Calendar of all practices (most up to date):
2017 Outdoor Practice (May – August)
Before Boston Festival:
We will have practices at the Barking Crab and the MIT Pierce Boathouse a few times a week leading up to the Boston Festival:
May 14 – May 20 : 5/15 (M) 6:30-8:00pm, 5/17 (W) 6:30-8:00pm, 5/18 (Th) 6:30-8:00pm
May 21 – May 27 : 5/22 (M) 6:30-8:00pm, 5/23 (Tu) 6:30-8:00pm, 5/25 (Th) 5:30-8:00pm
May 28 – June 3 : 5/30 (Tu) 6:30-8:00pm, 6/1 (Th) 5:30-7:00pm, 6/3 (Sa) 10:30-12:00pm
June 4 – June 10 : 6/6 (Tu) 6:30-8:00pm, 6/7 (W) 6:30-8:00pm
After Boston Festival:
We hold regular practices at the MIT Pierce Boathouse three times a week.
Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8pm
Boats will leave the dock promptly at 6 pm/10am. Plan to arrive early to have sufficient time to be warmed up and ready to go. Latecomers will be left on the dock. We will return to the dock by the scheduled end of practice, or by sunset if that is earlier. Boathouse facilities and locker rooms are NOT available for usage.
When is practice canceled?
Practice will be canceled for conditions the coach, officers, or steersperson(s) feel are unsafe. Thunder/lightning, high winds, extreme heat or cold, or very limited visibility, are some examples. We will practice in the rain! Occasionally a practice may be cancelled if it immediately follows a race day. Cancellations will be announced at least 3 hours in advance whenever possible via our mailing list.
What should I wear?
Bring clothes as appropriate for the weather, and layer if necessary. We suggest wearing water-resistant or quick-drying clothing because you will get splashed from your own paddle and your neighbors. For footwear, Tevas or other sport sandals are a good choice. Going barefoot is not recommended due to wood splinters and nails on the docks.
If you wear glasses, you should have a band or lanyard to prevent them falling into the river. Be careful with other small items like keys, phones, etc., and consider leaving them in our locker during practice. Sunglasses with UVA/B protection are a good idea.
What should I bring?
We suggest bringing sunscreen and water. If you have asthma or allergies, bring the appropriate remedies as a precaution.
Indoor Practice (February – April)
Regular practices at the pool in the Malkin Athletic Center are held once a week on Sundays 3-5PM.
Meet in Fitness Room 2 for warm-ups. We will proceed together to the pool afterwards.