The Long Beach State Rowing team (more commonly known as “Beach Crew”) is a varsity club program that operates out of the Division of Student Services’ Club Sports and Recreation Department. The team is funded through Associated Students Inc. (ASI), through the generous grants of the CSULB Foundation, and other donors such as the team’s alumni. Beach Crew is the oldest athletic program on campus, being founded in 1958. In 2008, Beach Crew celebrated their 50th anniversary by hosting the first Annual Beach Crew Golf Tournament and Alumni Dinner at the Long Beach Yatch Club.
We are a fully recognized by the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) and the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) where we compete in each championship every year.
Our coaches are hired and approved by CSULB ASI who are accompanied by an assistant coach. Student-Athletes pay around $500 each semester which includes most expenses for participating.
The team practices six times a week for most of the academic year with morning practices on the water from 5:30 AM to 7:30 AM, before 9:00 AM classes. Rowing machines (ergs) are located at the boathouse as well as on campus.
About 50 novice walk-ons join the team every fall semester having no prior experience with rowing. The team travels to regattas all over the United States including Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Diego, Oak Ridge, Portland and more. We encourage high school rowers and college transfers to apply to CSULB and join our prestigious program.
Our boathouse is located just a few blocks from the school, the Pete Archer Rowing Center, in the historic Marine Stadium of Long Beach, which served for the site of the 1932 Olympic Rowing competition, and the 1968 Olympic rowing trials. Marine Stadium was recently designated as an official historic landmark for the State of California.
About the CSULB Club Sports & Recreation Department
The Department of Club Sports and Recreation strives to improve the quality of campus life for CSULB students, faculty/staff, and community members by providing a wide range or recreational & competitive clubs, fitness classes, educational programs and open recreation programs. The Club Sports and Recreation program is funded and maintained through the Division of Student Services.
Competitive and non-competitive organized clubs give students who have an interest in a specific sport the opportunity to meet and continue to learn basic skills. Competitive organizations provide students, who meet the requirements per their organization’s Constitution and Bylaws and governing bodies, an opportunity to compete on a collegiate level. Non-competitive organizations provide students, faculty, staff and community members an opportunity to train and learn basic skills depending on each organization’s Constitution and Bylaws.