Mount Baker Adult Crew (MBAC), housed at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, is an open access program, offering fitness, fun, and competition.
Adult or “Masters” rowing is open to everyone 16 and older. At MBAC, we offer multiple ways for you to get involved depending on your level of experience and interest. Our classes range from Learn to Row to Competitive Rowing and can be taken at various times and days of the week. We have a competitive crew racing men’s, women’s and mixed boats in the major regional regattas in the Spring and Fall. We work hard, race full out and have fun. Those rowers who prefer not to race work out alongside those that do and have access to the same great coaching as the racers. Many of them are accomplished rowers with decades of experience who just prefer a bit more of a laid back approach and they are just as much a fabric of the boathouse as the racers.
Not sure what rowing is all about yet? Come to our FREE Introduction to Rowing session to find out!
Rowing Level 3: Intermediate Recreational
1A, 1B, 2A & 2B Rowing courses required or equivalent as prerequisite. Join this course to continue to develop your rowing skills, increase your aerobic capacity, and improve your overall fitness level. Sweep and sculling will be encouraged by staff. Safety, coxing and equipment care should be second nature upon enrollment to this course. Fun and fitness on the water is the priority.
Rowing Level 4: Advanced/Competitive Rowing
Rowers at Level 4 are part of a team of men and women who race locally, nationally, and even internationally at such regattas as Opening Day/Windermere Cup, Northwest Regionals Championships, Canadian Masters Championships, and the Head of the Charles. Competitors have the opportunity to race in both scull and sweep boats, as well as in mens, womens, and mixed boats.
The team practices four days a week. During the rowing season — March to November — crews practice on the water as much as possible. Coaches provide extra land workouts for athletes to maintain top fitness. In the “off” season, the team is on the water on Saturdays (weather permitting). During the week, winter conditioning sessions consist of workouts on ergometers, core and stretching, and weekly yoga.
Level 4 fosters an atmosphere of camaraderie and friendship, while training and competing at the highest possible level.
Prerequisites: Rowing Level 3 or equivalent is required. Athletes must be able to perform the basic stroke in sweep and sculling, and demonstrate proper boat handling, boat safety and coxing.
Fall/Winter Conditioning & Saturday Morning Rowing
Level 2B or equivalent rowing experience is required for these on-land workouts and Saturday morning rowing. These sessions occur November – December and January – February. These sessions are a great way to stay in shape for the upcoming season. Activities include erging, calisthenics, stretching, and weightlifting.