Youth Rowing

Our youth rowing program blends urban and suburban participants who practice and race together, giving both groups the opportunity to learn from one another in our own version of a magnet school for rowers. Past rowers have earned rowing scholarships to college, participated on US Junior National Development Teams, and earned invitations to the prestigious USRowing Youth Nationals.

Current Programs:
While the ongoing COVID epidemic has made changes to our program necessary, we are pleased to be able to offer coached and independent sculling and outdoor fitness classes.

Youth Fall Sculling:
September 8 – October 29
Coached sculling sessions for youth rowers are available on Mondays /Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 – 4:20 pm or 4:30 – 5:50 pm. 

Please remember to register for the appropriate level class, based on the categories below:

Novice – In addition to brand new rowers, or sweep rowers without prior sculling experience, this designation is for scullers who require help from a coach for one or more of the following: setting up their boat on the dock, getting in and out of the boat, launching and landing on the dock, following the traffic pattern, steering/avoiding obstacles while rowing. Whenever a novice class is offered, novice athletes will have priority on the ideal novice hull for each athlete. Narrower “racing” hulls (Club 1-8, Eau Eau Eau, and Lucky 13) are prioritized for Intermediate and Advanced classes. At the same time, we try to get novice scullers an opportunity to try out the more advanced hulls by the end of the session, but we cannot guarantee it.

Intermediate – this describes scullers who can set up their boat on the dock, get in and out, launch and land, follow the traffic pattern, and steer/avoid obstacles without hands-on help, but are most comfortable with a coach on hand to provide backup as needed. Intermediate scullers have prior single sculling experience and/or extensive experience in a double or quad and have acquired the necessary skills and terminology (rowing through the full stroke cycle, squaring/feathering, getting blades in/out of water, turning/spinning) required to scull. These classes will tend to focus on refining the basic skills into something consistent, repeatable, and race-ready (for those who wish to race). During timeslots without a novice class, intermediates who prefer to row in training hulls (S1-S6) will have priority on them.

Advanced – these scullers have mastered all of the above skills, and are self-sufficient in all but emergencies. Advanced scullers are and feel safe even if temporarily out of line-of-sight with the coach. Advanced classes continue to fine-tune sculling skills and tend to skew towards focusing on specific mastery for the individual more than broader concepts for the group.

Doubles – this option is available to experienced (intermediate or advanced) scullers only. It requires a set partner (no mixing and matching lineups, to minimize the potential for the spread of COVID-19). All entries will go to the waitlist to make sure that we have space, an appropriate partner, and an appropriate hull. You will be prompted to list your preferred doubles partner in the registration. If your doubles partner is unable to attend a practice, you will be assigned to one of the available singles.for youth8

Outdoor Erging
September 7 – October 4 |  Sundays, 8:30 – 10 am
Looking for another way to stay fit and want to stay outside? Our weekly outdoor erging class is just  what you need.  With each stroke on the ergometer you are actively stretching, increasing fitness, building strength, right outside the boathouse in Riverside Park.