General Information

We are located in the Van McNeel Boathouse on the north end of the campus near the Cass Street Bridge and north of the Kennedy Boulevard bridge.  You can get driving directions from this page on our site

Membership

 The Tampa Rowing Club’s fiscal (financial) year runs from October 1 to September 30th.  Members are billed in September of each year.  All new members must pay a one-time initiation fee of $100.  Initiation fees must be paid again if your membership lapses for more than one year. 

Types of Memberships: 

Type

Includes

Cost

Family

All Family Members

$400

Single

Member only

$300

Student

Must have valid student ID

$200

  

Dues are prorated on a quarterly basis.  Single and Family memberships include one boat rack if available, at a yearly charge of $100 for a single and $200 for a double.  Additional boats in the house are as follows: Extra single - $200, double/pair -$300 

Family Memberships:   

Family memberships include parents and all other family members under age 21.  All members should carry their id card with them at all times at the boat house.  Family members under the age of 18 must be supervised by their parents or a member over the age of 18. 

Single Membership: 

Single memberships are open to all individuals over the age of 18. 

Student Membership: 

Student memberships are open to all individuals over 18 possessing a valid student id, (middle school, high school or college).  Individual student members under the age of 18 (as part of a family membership) must be supervised at all times by a family member or adult member of the club.   

Non-Resident Memberships 

Individuals visiting from other areas of Florida or from outside the state of Florida may row on a reciprocal basis for ten (10) days at our facility without charge, reciprocal meaning that the individual is a member of another rowing club.  After the ten (10) day period is over, the individual must pay One hundred twenty five dollars ($125) a quarter (90 days) for continued use of our equipment.  During either period, the individual must row when other members are present at the boathouse, no key or pass will be provided.  Individuals should be encouraged to join the club if here for extended periods of time. 

Calendar Year     

TRC operates administratively on a calendar year basis (January 1 to December 31st).  This relates to the of election of officers, corporate filing with the state, and other legal matters.

Docks  

There are two docks for your use at the University.  The northern most dock (toward Cass St) is the TRC dock.  The southern dock belongs to the University.  You may use either dock.  However, with the UT dock, please give right of way to the university crews when they are launching.  If the docks are empty, you may use either one to launch your boat.

RULES OF THE RIVER TRAFFIC

KNOW THESE WATERWAY TRAFFIC PATTERNS: All boats must keep well to the east bank going up the river, and all boats must keep to the west bank coming down the river and at all times. 

1.    All boats should pass port to port (port is on your right when sitting in the boat).

2.    All boats leaving the docks have the right away but shall proceed out into the river with sufficient distance to allow space for those returning and shall row parallel to the west bank

3.    Boats returning must give way to departing boats and shall proceed at an extremely low rate in a single file to ensure the safety of those boats leaving the docks.

4.    Please stay to the north of the 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 markers, when rowing north of the North Boulevard Bridge (4th bridge if going up river).  Please see map on page 33.  That means you need to have the markers on your right.  When coming down river or south, please stay in the channel.  That means you need to have the markers on your right shoulder.  This is to avoid collisions of boats in that area. 

5.    ABSOLUTELY NO RACING or HIGH STROKING of SCULLING AND SWEEP BOATS IS PERMITTED THROUGH THE CASS STREET BRIDGE (FIRST BRIDGE NORTH OR UP RIVER OF THE BOATHOUSE).

 

EQUIPMENT

1.    All boats must be equipped with a bow ball.

2.    Each coaching launch shall be equipped with proper navigation lights and each coach shall carry a megaphone or electric speaking device.

3.    All motor boats must be operated so that the driver will have 360 degree of visibility of the river at all speeds.

4.    All motor boat drivers shall keep their boats wash to a minimum when passing other boats and shall proceed past the boathouse docks at idling speeds with no wash.

5.     All equipment, including oars, should be washed in fresh water after use.

SAFETY RULES

 

1.    NO ROWER UNDER THE AGE OF 18 SHALL BE PERMITTED TO ROW TRC EQUIPMENT UNESCORTED.

2.    All rowers must know how to swim.

3.    All boats and other equipment leaving and returning to the boathouse must be logged in the log book.  Please enter rack number of boat in the comments column.

4.    Launches must be equipped with approved life jackets for each person in the launch and the crews they are coaching. They must be equipped with all equipment required by the United States Coast Guard and the Florida Marine Patrol.

5.    All boats shall display proper lights in darkness or periods of reduced visibility as required by the United States Coast Guard Inland Rules. It is strongly advised against rowing in darkness unescorted and in a boat that is improperly lighted. High school scullers/rowers may row only during daylight hours. 

6.     An entry MUST be made in the Rowing Log ANY TIME ANY boat is removed from the boathouse whether to row or to be taken to some other location.  Include the rack number for the boat.  If the boat is being taken to another location, such as a race, indicate this and the expected return time in the comments.