Cooperation and Self-Sufficiency

Harvard's recreational sculling program depends upon the mutual assistance and willing cooperation of all participants. At the same time, it must be the goal of every sculler to become as self-sufficient as possible. Learn to need as little help as possible. At the same time, look for opportunities to help others.

1. Please leave your Harvard ID and swim test cards at the monitor's station each day as you enter the boathouse. When this program is in session, our hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Boats are allowed to launch as late as 4:15 but must be back at the dock by 4:45, with all scullers departing from the building by 5:00 p.m.

2. Please dress appropriately for rowing. No street clothes are allowed.

3. Sign out in the sculler's log before you row, so the staff will know that you are on the water. Remember to sign in when you return, so that they will know that you are safely home.

4. Before you carry down oars or a boat, check to see whether the equipment you need may already be at the dock. If so, take the appropriate boat which is tied farthest downstream, or a boat from the outdoor trestles farthest downstream. If the boat you need is not on the dock, you must carry your own equipment.

Traffic Safety

Boats traveling upstream must stay on the Cambridge side of the river. Boats traveling downstream must stay on the Boston side. The safest route avoids the middle arches and the middle third of the river.

All boats launching or landing at Weld must do so in the upstream direction.

Check traffic by looking over your shoulder every five strokes. Drive defensively and be prepared to yield the right-of-way at all times.


Boats being overtaken should yield by moving toward the shore. Faster boats should pass by moving slightly toward the center. Beware of scofflaws!

Yell "Heads up!" or "Hello!" if another boater, not having seen you, seems on a course to collide with you.

Beginning scullers, and all those below the level of Competition Single, are asked not to row downstream of the Weeks Footbridge.

The first time you row from Weld, you must stay between Anderson Bridge and the Weeks Footbridge, making counter-clockwise circuits in front of Weld. Your first venture through Anderson must be cleared with an instructor. This means you will have immediate and frequent need for turning skill.