Asheville Rowing Club

Where dedicated athletes train...

friendships are made...

and lives are changed.

About ARC

Asheville Rowing Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt athletic and social organization dedicated to promoting health, fitness and fun through the sport of rowing for Masters.

The club was founded in the summer of 2001 by a small group of former rowers and outdoor enthusiasts. Dion Sweat led the effort to form the club and served as its first president. The club started with only one 4-man rowing shell and no dock or shelter. Today our boathouse is packed with rowing shells available to all our members and the club has grown to over 120 rowers. Many are national and international champions, while others row purely for fun and fitness.

A major step in our development was the construction of a boathouse on Lake Julian in southern Buncombe county. Built in 2005, the structure was made possible through donations and volunteer labor from individuals, organizations and businesses in the community.

Today, Asheville Rowing Club is rapidly growing and serves a diverse group of people from Buncombe and surrounding counties. The club is an organizational member of USRowing, the governing body for rowing in the United States.


We have programs for all levels of rowers



Considered "novices" during their first year, Learn To Row (LTR) graduates practice and race together and occasionally with more experienced rowers, learning how rowing "works."



Asheville Rowing Club has approximately 50 very dedicated, competitive racers who medal frequently at regional and national regattas. Our club was proud to win the Southeast Regional Championship in 2017. We typically race in 5-8 sprint races (1000 or 2000 meters) in spring and summer and 4-5 head races (5000m) in the fall.



Asheville Rowing Club has a large group of experienced recreational rowers who row every day of the week. Club rows are held two or three times per week, allowing racers and recreational rowers opportunities to row together.


Learn To Row

Interested in learning the basics of rowing? If so, we hope you'll join us for our next Learn to Row (LTR) course! Our LTR course takes place at the ARC boathouse on Lake Julian over 4 consecutive days and includes 4 more opportunities to row during the following two weeks.

The Summer 2021 LTR course is scheduled for Thursday, June 10th & Friday, June 11th, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and Saturday, June 12th & Sunday, June 13th from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Registration will begin on May 21st. and is open on a first come first serve basis to those who complete the pre-registration process, including providing proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. The goals of the course focus on teaching the fundamentals of rowing and will include both Sculling (2 oars) and Sweep (1 oar). The cost of the course is $225.00. For more information contact us.

*For students interested in continuing to row, there will be 4 free rowing opportunities to row during the two weeks following class. Each student must attend at least two of the post-course rows to be considered eligible for ARC membership

Schedule & Location

  Club Row Times

Our Club Rows are currently Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am.
Guest rowers are welcome by setting up an appointment. Please contact us and we will help get you in a boat.

  70 Fisherman's Trail, Arden, NC 28704

We are located off Hendersonville Rd. at the secondary (Fisherman's Trail) entrance to Lake Julian Park From I-26, take exit 37/Long Shoals Rd. Travel east on Long Shoals approximately 2 miles (past Overlook Rd. and the main entrance to the park) to Hendersonville Rd. Turn right (south) on Hendersonville Rd. Travel 1/2 mile watching for Fisherman's Trail and Lake Julian Park signs on the right (just after railroad overpass). Follow Fisherman's Trail past the picnic shelter and across the RR tracks to the last parking lot.

Membership & Guests

Asheville Rowing Club Membership:

To become a member of ARC, individuals must either be approved experienced rowers or have successfully completed an ARC Learn to Row class. LTR classes are offered in the spring and late summer.

ARC is a Masters program. We accept members 18 years old and older.

All members MUST sign the online USRowing Waiver:

Guest Rowers:

We love sharing our beautiful lake with guest rowers. If you would like to row with us please contact us including your rowing experience and dates you would like to row.

All guests must sign the USRowing Waiver online or sign a paper copy at the boathouse.


Rowing is a physically demanding sport. Some level of strength and flexibility is required. At minimum:

  • You must be able to lift 35lbs over your head in order to assist in carrying a boat.
  • You must be able to easily squat down to the seated position and get back up without assistance.
  • Turn your neck easily from side to side. Rowing backwards requires turning your neck frequently to view where you are going.
  • Not exceed the weight/size restrictions of our boats.
  • All rowers and coxswains must be able to swim 50 meters and tread water for 5 minutes.

Current Events

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Sarasota Invitational: 15 entries - 3 Gold, 2 Silver, and 4 Bronze

Clemson: 25 entries - 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 bronze

Dogwood Masters Classic: 17 entries - 4 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze

US Rowing Southeast Regional Championships: 43 entries - 4 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze