If you've never rowed on the water, we encourage you to give it a try! The exhilaration of feeling the boat move under your own power is well worth it. Read on for more information about where you can try on water rowing.
Learn to Row Day
Each year in early June, rowing clubs around the country offer introductory rowing lessons to the public. The activities vary from club to club, but the day generally includes coaching on the Concept2 Indoor Rower and a chance to row on the water. You'll also be able to pick up information about the rowing opportunities available in your area.
To find the Learn to Row Day event nearest you, or to learn more about hosting a Learn to Row Day event, visit usrowing.org.
CampsMany locations offer rowing camps for both youth and master rowers. Refer to the table below for details, and be sure to also check out the camp list at row2k.com. If you offer a camp and would like to be added to the list, please send a short description, including location and contact information, to email@example.com.
Offering lessons and rentals as well as on-site demonstrations from all the best open water boat manufacturers. Individual and group lessons run April through November by appointment only. Call 518.745.7699 (ROWW), email firstname.lastname@example.org or write 46 Meadow Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804. www.adirondackrowing.com
|Queensbury||New York||United States|
|Penn AC Gold
Penn AC Gold provides the most complete competitive summer experience in preparing male and female high school athletes for all aspects of collegiate and pre-elite rowing. Housing, meal plan, and all travel expenses are included in the cost of the program.
|Philadelphia Sculling Club
The Philadelphia Sculling Club was founded in 2010 to provide an intensive racing and training program focused on Junior (under age 19) male scullers.
During the summer, the program practices twice a day, five a days a week on a stretch of the Schuylkill River just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and includes trips to USRowing Club Nationals and Royal Canadian Henley.
|All American Rowing Camp||Various locations||Various locations||United States|
|Argonaut Rowing Club
Offering youth and adult learn-to-row sessions throughout the spring and summer, on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the sheltered water behind the Toronto Western Beaches breakwall.
|Berkshire Sculling Association
Offering lessons and rentals from May 1 to Sept 30. Reservations must be made in advance.
|Brock Rowing School
Brock has been offering lessons in sculling and sweep rowing since 1994 on the world famous Royal Canadian Henley course in St. Catharines Ontario. We offer lessons and coaching for all skill levels; introductory to advanced, and all ages; 12–80 years old. For more information contact Peter Somerwil email@example.com or go to our website at www.brocku.ca/rowing.
|Steve Wagner's Black Bear Sculling Camp
A program designed for designed for all ages and levels of sculling.
|Hanover||New Hampshire||United States|
|California State University at Sacramento's Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma
Offering sculling and sweep classes and programs for high school, college and masters levels during the spring, summer and fall. Find out more information at www.csusaquaticcenter.com.
|Calm Waters Rowing
Calm Waters Rowing offers a full-service sculling camp vacation catering to the master's rower. The Camp is "The Perfect Sculling Destination." Whether you are a beginner, recreational rower, or experienced racer, our rowing camp will focus on your needs.
|Charles River Rowing Camps
For high school students, from novice to experienced, day or overnight. Write: PO Box 380441, Cambridge, MA 02238-0441 Girls: email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Chesapeake Crew Camp for Girls
Our camp is designed for girls aged 13–18 with OR without any rowing experience. Come spend a week with us on the beautiful Chester River—we are close to DC, Annapolis and Baltimore. Sign up early to ensure a space! Visit our website at www.crew-camps.com or call 410.810.2643.
|Christchurch School Summer Program Crew Camp
This school offers 1 to 4 week camps in July. Coed boarding and day camp available. Ages 12–17. For novice through experienced kids. Call 800.296.2306 or 804.758.2306. website: www.christchurchschool.org/summer/programs
|Maine Rowing Camp
The Maine Rowing Camp is a comprehensive and enjoyable rowing experience for boys and girls ages 13–18 with the backdrop of summertime in Maine. With the benefit of the full resources of Colby College and the Colby College rowing program and with the help of coaches from top programs around the country for campers to learn from, hundreds of young men and women have come to the Maine Rowing Camp to hone their skills or to learn the sport for the first time. Campers are placed according to both age and experience level, and our athlete/coach ratio of 10:1, along with the daily specialized instruction geared just for coxswains, allows each camper the chance to significantly improve their understanding of rowing and to do so in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. For more information, contact Stew Stokes at email@example.com or 207.859.4942.
|Craftsbury Sculling Center, Lake Hosmer
The oldest sculling camp in the nation, Craftsbury remains one of the definitive training locations and experiences for scullers worldwide. For nearly three decades, beginners and Olympians alike have returned season after season to train with our world-class coaches in a setting of unrivaled natural beauty. May to September; week, weekend, and four-day camps.
|Craftsbury Common||Vermont||United States|
|CRC Sculling Camps
Camps in some of the finest rowing locations around the world.
|Various locations||Various locations||Various locations|
|Detroit Women's Rowing Association
A beautiful location with calm water canal access for Learn to Rows and technical instruction and the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair for all out power and distance rowing. Offering sculling and sweep classes and programs for middle school, high school, college and masters levels during the spring, summer and fall. Aside from scheduled camps; private, semi-private and group classes are offered by appointment. Popular Ladies Weekend Rowing Retreats include a gourmet Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast served on china and optional yoga in the historic Lawrence Fisher Mansion.
|Eton Rowing Courses, Eton College
*Overseas students please note: Eton is < 20 minutes from Heathrow airport, and students can book for 2 weeks if 1 is not enough!
|Florida Rowing Center
Seven, four and three-day sessions are held between mid-December and mid-May. Instruction for beginning, recreational and competitive rowers of all ages. 800.996.0021 website: www.floridarowingcenter.com
|Henry Hamilton's Sculling School
Since 1988. Beginners through experienced, recreational and racing. Small group instruction. Henry Hamilton's Sculling School, PO Box 98, Craftsbury Common VT 05827 Phone: 802.586.9621 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.vermontsculling.com
|High Performance Junior Rowing Camp
Offered by Hampton Roads Rowing Club, this camp is geared toward experienced high school rowers. There will be a high rower to coach ratio with a maximum of only 15 rowers and 3 coxswains to be accepted. Applications to the camp are available on www.hrrc.net and only the best qualified applicants will be accepted. Sorry, no lodging is available for this camp.
|Iron Oarsman Camp with Xeno Muller
Xeno is an Olympic gold and silver medal winner in the men's single scull. Come join him at the IRON OARSMAN, a one-of-a-kind indoor rowing studio. In a welcoming environment, participants will be shown how to maximize their rowing stroke. Camps are open to people of any ability who want to improve their stroke on the rowing ergometer. On completion of the three workouts, each participant will get video footage of their rowing sent to their home.
|Costa Mesa||California||United States|
|Lake Union Crew Junior Summer Camp
Two Sessions. Eligibility Girls & boys 13 to 18 years of age are welcome regardless of experience or ability. The only requirement is a desire to improve.
|Navy Rowing Camps, U.S. Naval Academy
Camps for youths ages 13–18 are appropriate for everyone from beginner to highly experienced.
|Nike Rowing Camps
Boys & girls ages 14 and up. Thirteen locations around the U.S. Call 800.NIKECAMP.
|Various locations||Various locations||United States|
|Northeast Rowing Center
This one week sweep rowing camp in Raymond, Maine is for junior athletes ages 14–19 with at least one season of experience. Established in 1987, Northeast has been providing excellent quality instruction for over 25 years. For information, call 609.712.2667 or email us at email@RowCamp.com.
|Open Water Rowing
Instruction weekends and some weekdays. Call 415.332.1091 to register. Novice to advanced. Year-round.
|Orlando Rowing Club
ORC is offering a Men's Junior Development Training Camp for male varsity rowers 18 and under. Camp will be held at the ORC boathouse on Lake Fairview, Orlando, FL. For more information contact Coach Chris Pucella at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 407.468.9469.
|Peter Jay Sharp Sr. Development Camp
The Peter Jay Sharp Rowing Club in New York City seeks highly motivated athletes for its competitive senior team development camp.
|New York City||New York||United States|
|Princeton High-Performance Rowing Camps
Are you looking for a rowing camp to improve your skills, enable you to enhance your physiology and make you a better racer? The Princeton High-Performance Camp is for you. Each rower will be comprehensively analyzed through the use of video, ergometer, and in-boat racing situations. For girls and boys ages 14–19.
|Princeton||New Jersey||United States|
|Raritan Valley Rowing Camp
Sessions for boys and girls ages 12–18. Call Steve Wagner or Max Borghard at 732.932.4226. E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.scarletknights.com/crew/camp/camp.asp
|Rutgers University||New Jersey||United States|
|Colorado Rowing Camp at Frisco Rowing Center
On-water real-time power curve analysis, private lessons with top US coaches, computer-aided video analysis, long-term physiological analysis and consulting. Personalized rigging clinics, race strategy, counciling, beginner lessons and more.
|TeamSur Rowing Camps
TeamSur's Rowing Camps in Spain and Portugal are custom designed for teams and clubs of all ages and skill levels. Train at the world renowned Seville High Performance Rowing Center, considered one of Europes finest rowing installations, enjoy excellent lodging accommodations, impeccable trip organization and the colorful culture and hospitality of the Spanish and Portuguese people for the perfect team rowing experience.
|Terralba—Rowing, Culture & Camaraderie in the Heart of Italy
Row under the Ponte Vecchio, train with top coaches on our secluded rowing basin, and absorb the true sense of Tuscan culture. The people of Terralba want to help their guests infuse their lives and their rowing with the patience and harmony of the Tuscan culture: not just admire its churches and its artwork, but understand how a people can achieve such wealth. Every morning we'll be on the water, working on perfecting the essentials of our rowing technique, and then after a lunch of cucina toscana we'll take off exploring the countryside and towns. The activities and experiences chosen are based upon what we personally enjoy doing and seeing. Showing our guests what we love is a wonderful excuse to see them ourselves! We ask only that you come ready to work hard on the water and open your mind to a different, older way of life.
|University of Michigan Summer Rowing Camp
The University of Michigan's Summer Rowing Camp invites girls and boys, ages 13–18, to attend rowing camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan in late July. Rowers and coxswains—ranging from top-level juniors to campers new to the sport—will be grouped based on skill levels during rowing sessions. All campers will be coached by the University of Michigan's Women's and Men's Rowing coaches. Campers, parents and guardians, and coaches can find more information about Michigan Rowing Summer Camp online at www.michiganrowingcamp.com.
|Ann Arbor||Michigan||United States|
|Wisconsin Junior Women's Rowing Camp
Open to girls in or recently graduated from high school. Rowers and coxswains welcome with or without experience. Two Sessions. Location: Madison, WI in the University of Wisconsin's boathouse and dormitories. Registration materials available from: Carrie Davis 608.265.8677 or e-mail: email@example.com.
|Wichita Rowing Association||Wichita||Kansas||United States|
|William and Mary Rowing Club
William and Mary Rowing Club is offering a seven-day overnight rowing camp for both boys and girls to learn more about the sport of rowing at the beautiful College of William and Mary. Our camp is for rowers and coxswains with at least one semester of sweep rowing or coxing experience who want a competitive edge for high school rowing as well as future collegiate-level racing. Students will be fully supervised by our staff and given personal guidance from W&M Rowings own head coach, Nathan Walker. There are only 30 slots for boys and 30 for girls, so spaces will go fast; first come, first serve. Our website is at www.wmrowing.org/camp. Please direct any questions to Cassandra Adair, student director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach Walker at email@example.com.
|Camp Randall Rowing Club
Camp Randall's primary purpose is to foster national and international rowing by supporting and developing amateur athletes for national and international competition in the sport of rowing. www.camprandallrc.org.
|Rowmax Summer Rowing Program
An 8-week sport-specific strength and ergometer training program for high school and junior rowers. This program is land-based only, designed to improve a rower's strength and aerobic capacity. Testing and benchmarks are used to establish and monitor each rower's level of fitness. The Brigantine Rowing Club also offers on-water rowing classes for juniors to masters. For more information, please call 609.226.6883 or visit www.rowmax.us.
|Brigantine||New Jersey||United States|
|Rowing For All
Little Harbor Boathouse Open Water Rowing Center
Offering adult Learn-to-Row-for-Fun-and-Fitness and open water rowing clinics on Salem Sound (17 miles north of Boston; convenient to Logan International Airport). Private coaching for novices to competitive rowers training for open water rowing competitions. Clinics and private coaching run May through October. Shell rentals to qualified rowers. Year-round and seasonal private boat storage.
For weekend learn-to-row intensives, list of lodgings in historic Marblehead, Massachusetts, and more information, contact Maryellen Auger. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 781.990.3552 or visit www.rowingforall.com.
|River Breeze Rowing
At our location along the beautiful Susquehanna River in Central Pennsylvania, we strive to provide a one-of-a-kind sculling experience. Sessions run June–November. Groups are small for a personalized experience. If you are passionate about sculling, or would like to develop a new skill, this is your ultimate sculling vacation. World class coaching, equipment and accomodations are included. For more informaiton, email email@example.com, call 888.TWO.OARS or visit the website at www.riverbreezerowing.com.
|Porter's Summer Sports Academy
Porter's Rowing Academy will be offered to girls in grades 7–10. Porter's Summer Sports Academy utilizes the athletic environment to assist in the development of tomorrow's leaders. Our goal is to create a safe and challenging environment for the female athlete that cultivates the development of the whole athlete. Through the utilization of state-of-the-art athletic facilities at Miss Porter's School, instruction from some of the country's premier coaches, guest speakers, and special workshops, our participants can't help but grow as athletes and individuals. Having formed new and lasting friendships, they will depart as athletes who are technically cleaner and tactically more aware, ready to return to their teams with more confidence and a better understanding of what leadership role they can play to improve the overall team dynamic.
|Oklahoma City High Performance Camp For Juniors
July 26—August 1
Join us this summer at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center for a training experience that will inspire you to pursue your highest goals. Take your training to the next level at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center Juniors Camp. This challenging week-long residential camp for experienced junior rowers will provide all campers with an opportunity to train at the same premier urban aquatic venue utilized by the U.S. National Team.
Visit http://usrowingokc.org/camps/juniors/ for more information and to register.
|Oklahoma City||Oklahoma||United States|
|Sag Harbor Community Rowing Summer Program
Open to middle school, high school and college students. Sag Harbor Community Rowing summer rowing program is a non-competitive rowing program designed to improve your technical proficiency and aerobic base and get you ready for next years racing season. Weekly sessions begin on Mondays and go to Friday for the months of July and August. You may sign up for as many weeks as you want. Eligibility: Must be 9 years of age or older. No prior rowing experience is necessary. Adults are welcome! Visit http://www.rowsagharbor.org/ for more information and to register.
|Sag Harbor||New York||United States|
|Cavalier Rowing Camp
For high school girls, aged 13–18. Learn from University of Virginia coaches at one of the most beautiful and protected bodies of water in the country. Both sweep rowing and sculling will be offered with an emphasis on technical development. Erg training, core and stabilization will also be featured.
Visit abcsportscamps.com/uvarowing for more information and to register.
|Pioneer Navy Technical Sweep Camp
Target: Rising seniors interested in the "life of a college athlete." This is not for novice rowers, but rather to develop technical skills on the erg and on the water.
|Pocock Rowing Center Camp
The Pocock Rowing Center is Seattle's premier rowing facility! We have learn to row options for adults and children happening monthly, and a number of summer camps designed to get kids on the water and enjoying the sport. For class listings and information, contact the Pocock Rowing Center.
|Sparks Rowing Camp
Sparks Rowing camp is the only camp in the country with a 1:5 coach to camper ratio. Private coaching time is prioritized for campers with head collegiate coaches and Olympians. It's also interlaced with the first, specific coxswain development camp. Sweep and sculling boats are utilized and fun is the priority during free time.
|Steel City Rowing Club Rowing Camps
Offering junior sculling, masters sculling and competitive junior rowing camps during the summer.
|Hobart College Rowing Camp
The Hobart College Rowing Camp is designed for boys and girls who are either an experienced or a novice high school aged rower (ages 13-18) looking to significantly improve their rowing ability.
Instruction and coaching will be geared to the experience level and talents of each rower. The camp includes two daily practices on the water as well as active seminars on rowing related topics. The staff will also lead discussions on the college admissions process and life as a student-athlete.
Each session will have tiers of instruction geared toward beginner, intermediate and advanced rowers and coxswains.
|Geneva||New York||United States|
Hosmer Point is a traditional summer camp for girls and boys, which offers a sculling program. Kids aged 9-15 are taught to scull through an age-appropriate curriculum, which also allows participation in the many other enriching activities and traditions of summer camp. Hosmer Point is a program of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and draws on the expertise and equipment of the Craftsbury Sculling Camp.
For more information, visit www.hosmerpoint.com.
|Mary Whipple Coxswain Leadership Camp
Mary Whipple’s goal is to create the best, most knowledgeable, and enjoyable summer camp experience where coxswains are the main focus. In Mary's words: "This is the kind of summer camp that I would have wanted to attend when I was in high school." This is going to be your chance as a coxswain to learn about the sport of rowing on your terms. Coxswains can expect to be athletic and competitive, listen to and share race recordings, learn to row, master the art of docking and steering, increase situational awareness, and most importantly become a better leader.