Recovery on Water welcomes all survivors of breast cancer to join our team. 

No rowing experience required.

All ages, all stages or treatment and recovery.

We are a community that promotes exercise and support. 


Joining row

While the sport is both technically and physically challenging, rowing is also accessible, safe and fun. Many of the survivors we serve consider ROW® the silver lining of their breast cancer diagnosis. By joining ROW you get to join a great team of women that support each other while they get fit, fight back, and have fun.

I was intrigued by how ROW was presented to me – a place for support without self-pity. Even though I was interested in joining, it took me a few months to reach out to ROW, partly, I think, because I would have to put myself out there as a cancer survivor.
— Elizabeth, ROW Member

Upcoming ROWpen Houses:

Check out our Events Calendar for the upcoming ROWpen House and it's related registration form.

Current Practice Schedule: 

All athletes on the ROW team have the opportunity to workout 7 days a week with ROW indoors.

Indoor Schedule (November thru April)

The entire team is indoors now for the colder months. The following is the schedule we are following. If you'd like to attend a practice we recommend starting with a practice at ROW Headquarters. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us for a workout.

Monday mornings, 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Monday nights, 5:30pm & 6:30pm @ Eleanor Boathouse

Tuesday nights Community Classes, 5:30pm and 6:30pm @ Eleanor Boathouse

Tuesday nights, 6:30pm @ Northshore Fitness Studio

Wednesday mornings, 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Wednesday nights, 5:30pm & 6:30pm @ Eleanor Boathouse

Thursday nights Community Classes, 5:30pm and 6:30pm @ Eleanor Boathouse

Friday mornings, 7 am @ Bluprint Fitness

Saturday mornings, 8:30 am @ Northshore Fitness Studio

Sunday mornings, 9am @ Eleanor Boathouse

**Please note that the Community Classes are open to everyone in the community and operate on a first come, first served basis. Survivors and non-survivors alike are welcomed to the class**

Outdoor Schedule (May thru October)

We are currently indoors for the colder months but during this past outdoor season we followed the following schedule for practices on the water:

Monday evenings, 6pm, Masters practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

Tuesday evenings, 6pm, Novice practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

Wednesday evenings, 6pm, Masters practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

Thursday evenings, 6pm, Novice practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

Sunday mornings, 8:30am, Masters & Novice practice @ Eleanor Boathouse

When we do hit the water we will still have indoor workouts available at the Boathouse through our Tuesday and Thursday night community classes. We'll also continue to offer ROW members Tuesday night and Saturday morning workouts at Northshore Fitness Studio in Wilmette.

Addresses and details for these practices

The Eleanor Boathouse is a Chicago Park District building located in Bridgeport at 2828 S Eleanor St (Chicago, IL 60608). Though there is a small parking lot on premises, street parking is free and easy. We encourage anyone parking on the street to park on the Boathouse side of the street to allow for easy parking for our residential neighbors.

Bluprint Fitness is located at 1828 W Hubbard St, Chicago IL. If you would like to attend a workout here please email us beforehand so we know to expect you.

Alliance Rowing Club (ARC) is a partner program we work with twice a week. Indoor ARC practice will take place at Northshore Fitness, located at 905 Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL. 

Please try and attend as many indoor workouts as you can! This will help you learn the rowing stroke,  build muscle memory, and meet new survivors from all the squads. 

If you need a ride to practice or transportation is an issue- please let us know. Based on where you're coming from, we may be able to arrange a carpool for you to join. 

Next Steps:

1. Come to a practice! Email a Coach today to learn about the best practice to attend first. 

2. Enjoyed your first couple of workouts? Fill out our online membership form to officially join ROW and we can contact you about getting started. 

3. Call or email us with any questions or concerns. Want to learn more before you submit your information? Visit our FAQ page here,  contact us, come to one of the next ROWpen Houses, contact us!

Kathleen Behner
Operations & Outreach Coordinator
1200 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 620-3258
kathleen@recoveryonwater.org

Devlin Murdock
Programs Manager
1200 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
(203) 610-0246
devlin@recoveryonwater.org