The Pierce Boathouse

The Pierce Boathouse, Building W38, grants access for recreational sculling to adults with a fitness center membership. Those who know how to row already may become cleared to scull unsupervised from April 1 through September 30. Those without experience or seeking to develop further may take a sculling class, offered each summer. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Recreational Sculling

Recreational sculling shells are available for use by those qualified to row unsupervised. In order to use them an individual must: a) have a current fitness center membership, b) pass the swim/boat test, c) pass both a written and practical exam of sculling knowledge, and d) pay the annual fee. If you are interested in rec sculling, but unable to complete any part of the requirements, you may consider a private lesson to help establish competency.

Weekdays (April 1 - September 30)

*April 1, 2015 start date may vary depending on safety and accessibility of the river.

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Sculling Classes

This class is suitable for those who wish to learn to row, or to improve their sculling skills.  Each participant will take to the water in a single-person recreational shell and scull along the Charles River. Experience is not necessary, but participants must be at least 18 years of age and pass the small-boat swim test ( A DAPER Membership is not required.

Time Price
Tuesdays and Thursdays (June 2 - July 16)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM $400
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*Upon successful completion of the course, a discounted recreational sculling pass may be purchased for $100.
*No Classes June 30, 2015 and July 2, 2015

Private Lessons

Individual and small group instruction is available outside of the sculling class window. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for rates and information.

Facility Hours (Full List Here)

Thanksgiving Week Hours
Wednesday, Nov 25th
ZCenter: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
A/W:  6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday, Nov 26th
Friday, Nov 27th
ZCenter: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun, Nov 28th - 29th
ZCenter: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Zesiger Center
Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:  7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun:  9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Alumni/Wang Center
Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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