Joining OBC

OBC Membership is open to all scullers who are 18 years or older. We welcome both recreational and competitive scullers. In order to join OBC for the first time or to renew your annual membership, please register at Ronin Racing.

All new members must attend a new member orientation session before they are permitted to use club equipment. These sessions are given by club members who volunteer their time to see that our new members are comfortable on the water and that our equipment is well cared for.

To inquire about joining, contact OBC Vice President (gro.cbowornull@pihsrebmem).

Because the club does not offer supervised programs, members should be competent scullers who can handle boats and navigate without assistance.

Prospective members who are new to sculling have a number of options for finding instruction:


Four types of membership types are offered:

1. New Individual Membership

Any prospective member may join under this membership. The cost is $275.00. This includes one year of membership in the club with liability protection and a one-time $100 initiation fee. Club memberships are generally based on the calendar year and there is no pro-rating for joining part way through the year. New individual members registering after 31 August, however, shall be granted membership for the remainder of that year and the full following calendar year.  A new member joining after 31 August will not be eligible to vote in the next annual club elections.

As a new member you will be given an orientation to club equipment at the boathouse and asked to pass a competency test before being allowed to use OBC boats and oars. If you cannot pass the competency test, OBC offers up to 3 free sculling lessons with an instructor named by the club. You may also choose another venue to improve skills. You will be asked to repeat the competency test after showing proof of having had additional instruction. If you take instruction, still cannot pass the test, and decide not to continue pursuing OBC membership, you will receive a refund minus $150 (if club lessons were taken) and a $25 administrative fee, and you will not receive membership in the club.

2. Current Individual Membership

If you have already been a member of OBC, have proven in the past that you are a competent rower, and have paid the initiation fee, you may renew your membership for $175 per year.

3. Student Membership

Current students who are 18 years old or older are permitted to join OBC at the rate of $175.00 per year. You must be a full-time student during the regular school year. You are not required to pay the $100 initiation fee.

4. Children-of-Members

A child of a current Individual Member is allowed to join OBC for $50 per year. Children must be 22 years old or younger, and full-time students. If they are 17 years of age or younger, children-of-members must row either in the same boat with a parent who is an OBC member or with a coach who is 20 years old or older. They may also row with a launch operated by a parent who is an OBC member or by a coach who is 20 years old or older.

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