Programs and Rates

We sign up for our programs through RegattaCentral, so head there to check them out or sign up. If you have any questions or would like assistance signing up, please email


We offer individual lessons to beginner and intermediate rowers by appointment. Each lesson lasts approximately 75 minutes.

For beginner lessons, we focus on the basic mechanics of rowing, learning how to handle equipment, and taking those first few exciting strokes on the water! Most beginner rowers require two lessons before they are ready to rent a shell and row on their own. Your instructor will help you make this decision.

Intermediate lessons are focused on more advanced rowing technique and learning how to be autonomous on and off the water.

To make an appointment, please email We are excited to introduce you to this sport and to our beautiful lake.


Rentals of recreational or racing shells, singles or doubles, are available by appointment. We have a wide variety of boats to choose from, depending on your experience level. Consider becoming a member and taking advantage of lower rental rates or to join a seasonal session!

If you are a non-member, email to set up an appointment.

If you are a member, please schedule your rental on RegattaCentral.

To rent a single is $35. For a seat in a team boat, the cost is $25.


Learn To Row Flyer

A free annual one-day introduction to the sport of sculling at Burbank Park on Onota Lake. This year it was held on June 9th, 2018! If you missed the event this year, give us a call for a lesson or keep an eye out for next year’s event.

Participants will be introduced to sculling on shore and then they try it out in a recreational shell. This event is free and open to the public. We welcome everybody: children and adults, experienced and brand new. We hope that everybody gets the opportunity to try this fun and challenging sport.

Participants will meet just north of Onota Lake’s public beach in Burbank Park. Rain or shine. 


Berkshire Community Rowing (Team BRASS) is pleased to announce its fall rowing program. All children between age 10 and 18 are welcome. No previous rowing experience is necessary, swimming skills are recommended.

Fall season starts on September 10th/11th and ends October 28th. The structure for this season is to have a high school team (from rising freshman to senior year) and a middle school team (grade 8 and younger). An annual BRASS youth membership is required for both teams.

The high school team will practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 PM to 6 PM in addition to Saturdays from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. The cost for this program is $320. A US Rowing Championship is additionally required.

The middle school team will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 PM to 6 PM in addition to Saturdays from 9 AM to 11:30 AM. The cost for this program is $250. A US Rowing Championship membership will be required if your child decides to race.

If you would like to shadow a practice to see if you’re interested, send us an email and we can arrange for that to happen!

BCR is committed to financial accessibility. All interested families are encouraged to apply.

For more information about dates and costs, please email


Rowers never perfect their stroke. There’s always more to work on, and there’s no better way to do that than with a coach following along side your shell in a “launch,” giving you feedback as you go. We don’t currently have any standing masters coached program, and as the current season draws to a close we won’t have an intensives or clinics either. But as we’re plan for 2019, we aim to have something to help make our masters faster. So tune in here again to see what we put into place.


From out of town and visiting the Berkshires? Want to check our club and lake out? We can set up a time for you to go out and get a tour of the lake in a team boat with one of our other rowers at no cost. That way you get to check us out without a commitment. Plus you’ll get to meet some of our friendly members! Or, you could simply elect to rent a single and get the run-down of the lake from our friendly staff..

Also, if you come to row with us from another club, bring a sticker or a picture of your logo for us to hang in our boathouse so we can see where our rowers are coming from. We want to represent the diverse group of rowers that end up rowing at BRASS!