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


 The Tampa Rowing Club’s fiscal (financial) year runs from October 1 to September 30th.  Members are billed in September of each year.  Dues are prorated on a quarterly basis for new members with full year membership types*  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: 






All Family Members

Full year



Member only

Full year



Must have valid student ID

Full year


Winter Member only October through April $200
Half year Member only Any consecutive 6 months $150
Summer Member only June through August $100


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.  Rack assignments are made and changed by the club, based on usage.  Boats not rowed are subject to removal.

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.


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, always give right of way to the university crews when they are launching or recovering.  If the docks are empty, you may use either one to launch your boat.  


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. 




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 and soap after use. All vents must be opened after use.

6.     You are responsible for repairing any damage done to equipment.  Report all damage on the Equipment Report Form. If the equipment is usable then place a Do Not Row tag on it.  These tags are kept in the drawer on the kiosk.

7.     Boats are assigned racks by the club and subject to change based on club needs at any time.  Boats cannot be moved to a new rack without the express approval of a current club officer. Boats cannot be locked to a rack.

8.     Boathouse bays must be locked such that either lock can unlock the chain when no members are present.




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.  Rack number is required.

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.     A complete and legible 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 and the name of every person in 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.  Any equipment removed for more than a few hours must be reported on a Off Site Boat Use form.

7.     Every person, regardless of age, must have a signed waiver before they use any equipment in anyway.  The waiver is online.

8.     A member can bring one guest at a time to row with them.  Guests can row up to 3 times before becoming a member.


Revised July 31,, 2019