Potomac Boat Club website FAQ
Questions currently answered on this page:
- Where is Potomac Boat Club?
- How big is the Club?
- How do I become a member?
- Is there a waiting list for membership?
- Can I join just for the summer?
- Is there any way to row at PBC before becoming a member?
- Do you have introductory rowing programs?
- Do you rent out the boathouse for events?
- Do you have boat storage space available?
- I will be visiting D.C. Can I go for a row at PBC?
PBC is located in Washington, D.C., along the banks of the Potomac River just upstream from Key Bridge in Georgetown. The street address is 3530 Water Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Please also see the Directions page on the site for more detail on getting to the Club.
PBC’s senior membership is limited to 300 active members, with nearly as many non-active affiliates and non-resident members.
The membership application process is explained in full on this site. Go to the Membership Information area for details.
Yes. The waiting time between submitting and application for membership and obtaining membership varies depending on a rather unpredictable set of factors that influence member turnover. Using history and current high demand as a guide, typical waiting periods can run up to two years.
With the exception of some of our competitive rowing programs, which do run just during the summer, the Club does not accept temporary members. For summer program information, please go to the Programs area of the site.
Some of the competitive programs for both sweep rowing and sculling can accommodate participants who are awaiting membership. Historically, this is particularly true for competitive rowers wishing to train at Potomac, but is not limited only to competitive rowers. Such provisions are typically handled on a case by case basis, so interested individuals should get in touch with one of the coaches or points of contact for the rowing program in question.
While some PBC members do offer basic sculling instruction, the Club has no formal rowing classes or introductory programs. For regularly-scheduled lessons in sweep rowing and sculling in the D.C. area, one option is the programs offered at Thompson Boat Center. For a full description of their programs, please check the Thompson website (which is completely separate from this PBC site).
The short answer is no. Club policy, as well as the age of the boathouse and interest in its preservation, dictates that only Club members are permitted to use the Club facilities for private functions.
Boat storage for non-members is essentially out of the question. Rack space for boats is among the scarcest of commodities on the Potomac River, with the Club no exception. Even among members, the waiting list for rack space is multiple years, with many waiting until a space is allocated to them before making a boat purchase.
Experienced rowers from other rowing clubs who are temporarily visiting the Washington, D.C. area may request access to PBC for rowing and training purposes. An active senior PBC member must volunteer to accompany the visitor on each row or indoor training session, either alongside in a single, an erg, or in the bow seat of a multi-rower shell. Visitors may request a PBC member sponsor by contacting the Secretary (click for contact form). The Secretary will post the request to the PBC community, so that willing sponsors and visitors can communicate directly with each other. All visitors must sign a waiver, which can be found in the club rowing committee “cubby” underneath the logbook.