How to Become Part of CHaOS

We are a small club, so having the right members is a matter of survival. “Right members” contribute on and off the water; they aim to become better rowers and are ready to support others in their quest for the perfect stroke, irrespective of their starting point; will show initiative and contribute where is needed; and make CHaOS Rowing a better club for all members.

  • If you have rowing experience and are interested in rowing with us, please watch this video and fill in the contact form

  • You will be contacted and invited to join our practices

  • Row with us as often as you can. You will see us on our good and bad days, in good and terrible weather, after great rows and after 90 minutes of misery.

  • If after 3 months (or so) you decide that CHaOS Rowing club is right for you, you may apply for membership.

  • At the next full membership meeting, your application will be discussed and voted on by the existing members.

Beginners / Learn to Row

As a club, CHaOS Rowing is too small to offer learn to row programs.

However, we are excited that there finally is a professional rowing coach on Jordan Lake.

Claire Coffey is a US Rowing certified coach (levels 1 to 3) and now offers

·       “Learn to row” lessons (sweep and sculling)

·       “Improve your skill” lessons (sweep and scull)

·       A coached novice program

·       Race preparation

·       Training programs (includes college preparation)

Claire coaches all ages (juniors, college, masters), all skill levels, and genders and offers private lessons as well as group lessons.

The cool thing is that Claire has a flexible schedule: she can offer lessons when YOU have time to work on your skills or learn our great sport.

Details of Claire's coaching and rowing experience.

Those of you familiar with US and International rowing will know that the name Coffey stands for great rowing, fast boats, and peerless sculling training machines.

Please do not hesitate to contact her at to learn more about her services and arrange your first outing.

We hope to meet you on Jordan Lake soon!

Membership Tiers

Affiliate and Student Members

  • Yearly fee: $125

  • Must be experienced rower and member of another club or enrolled in a college/university

  • No voting rights


  • Yearly fee: $450

  • Voting rights


  • Yearly fee: $225 (= 50% of the membership fee)

  • Contribute private equipment for the club to use. CHaOS Rowing will insure the equipment at full value

  • Benefit from reduced boat insurance rates for other private boats

  • Might benefit from a free club rack if providing access to a boat CHaOS Rowing lacks

  • Decide who gets to row the equipment they own and what conditions apply

  • Voting rights

CHaOS Adaptive Rowing (CAR)

  • CAR Members are involved in the adaptive rowing program on Lake Crabtree as rowers, volunteers, or coaches

  • For the time being, CAR Membership is free since the program is subsidized by the US Rowing Freedom Row stipend. Thank you very much!

  • Depending on the financial situation of the CAR program, non-veterans might be asked to contribute financially to the program (this includes the equipment fee)

  • CAR Members have no voting rights in CHaOS

  • CAR Members may become members of CHaOS in one of the other member tiers once they start to row with CHaOS outside of the CAR Program.



Everybody welcome!

Everybody welcome!