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.
|Esther Lofgren’s 2k Clinics
At this 1-day clinic, high school rowers will receive personalized erg coaching and learn drills and strategies for improving their 2K throughout the year. Rowers will also receive an overview of the college recruiting and application process, including scholarships and financial aid. For more information and a full list of locations, visit estherlofgren.com
|Washington D.C.||Washington D.C.||United States|
|Albany Rowing Center
Albany Rowing Center’s youth summer rowing camp program offers instruction in rowing to students entering 6th to 12th grade (ages 11 to 18). For athletes looking for something new, this coed camp is a great way to find out if rowing might be a good fit. ARC teaches young athletes about the sport of rowing through participation in a fun and educational setting. Students will learn water and boat safety, stroke mechanics on the ergometer (rowing machine) and the basic techniques of sweep rowing and sculling on the Hudson River. While the majority of time is spent on the water, there is also fitness training on land and education about boats and equipment. Campers learn how to work as a team. No prior experience necessary.
ARC also offers Adult Learn-To-Row programs throughout the spring and summer. This program is for adults interested in learning the basic techniques and styles of sculling and sweep rowing. The program is a low impact sport available to adults of all athletic levels. The learn-to-row program includes instruction on land as well as on-water sessions to learn basic rowing technique.
|Albany||New York||United States|
|Pacific Rowing Club
This program is open to all junior students 6th grade and up. Come and try the sport of rowing in a fun and informative camp designed for beginners and continuing new rowers! Each camp runs for one week, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and includes rowing, land training, video review, nutrition, and rowing in both small and large racing shells. No experience necessary! Just bring warm exercise clothes, and a desire to learn and have fun. To enroll, just fill out the registration and emergency release forms (which you can bring to the first practice). Each one week camp is a good introduction to the sport of rowing, however, if the desire is to prepare for High School rowing you are encouraged to enroll for two or more sessions. Generally, all participants are encouraged to enroll in as many sessions as desired, even if they are not continuous. The coaching staff will regularly assess the rower’s progress and find fun and interesting new boatings and challenges for each athlete. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. pacificrowingclub.org/summer-learn-to-row
|San Francisco||California||United States|
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 email@example.com or write 46 Meadow Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804. www.adirondackrowing.com
|Queensbury||New York||United States|
|Indiana University Rowing Camp
The 2014 Indiana Rowing Camp caters to both beginner and experienced rowers and coxswains age 13–18. IU Head Rowing Coach Steve Peterson and his staff offer a challenging, fun, and rewarding experience where beginners learn fundamental skills and experienced athletes focus on technique development and performance. Learn why rowing is the ultimate team sport!
For more information, visit www.hoosiersportscamps.com.
|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.
|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 Community Rowing
Offering lessons and rentals from May 1–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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website at gobadgers.ca/index.aspx?path=wrow.
|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||Cambridge||Massachusetts||United States|
|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|
|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: email@example.com 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.
|Lake Union Crew Junior Summer Camp
Two Sessions. Eligibility: Girls and boys 13–18 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 see orlandorowingclub.com or email Info@OrlandoRowingClub.com.
|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. For more information, see rownewyork.org/program/novice-summer-rowing-camps.
|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||Rutgers University||New Jersey||United States|
|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, counseling, beginner lessons and more.
The original, the best: this is where the concept of "rowing vacations" was born! Rowers are well-traveled, curious, and easy-going, and it is our great joy to be able to share our rowing haunts with others.
In Tuscany, we train on our secluded rowing basin, go for a row under the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and absorb the true sense of Tuscan culture. Every day we'll be on the water, working on perfecting the essentials of our rowing technique, and then we'll take off exploring the countryside and towns. Showing our guests what we love is a wonderful excuse to see them ourselves!
All the passion and love of travel & rowing that we put into our Tuscany experience also goes beyond to Sicily, China, Venice, Quebec , and anywhere that's fun to row! We take you to local rowers who are delighted to share their passion with others, we coach you on the ocean, rivers, lakes or basins... anywhere where rowing is a daily activity. And we combine our workouts, as always, with terrific local food, culture, and day trips.
|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. For infomraiton see uwcamps.com/sport.aspx?id=11.
|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 wmrowing.org/summer-camp.
|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.
|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.
|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 riversportokc.org/training-site/rowing/athletes 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 cavalierrowingcamp.com/ 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 Summer Rowing Program
Summer Rowing Camps are 5 day camps with the best ratios of top collegiate coaches to athletes in the country. These camps are good for kids who are looking to explore their potential in the sport. A coxswain development camp is interlaced. Video found on site.
|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.
For more information, visit 9thseat.com.
|Renton Rowing Center
The Renton Rowing Center is a community boathouse of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation. RRC Adult Learn-to-Row programs begin in April and run through September. We also offer 1-day intro classes into the sport throughout the spring and summer. Our youth team runs year round and includes programs for Middle and High School students. Our youth athletes will use rowing as a means to develop new skills, learn how to work together, and challenge academic and athletic potential. We strive to provide full support—including scholarships, transportation, swimming lessons, and mentorship—to remove barriers that limit participation in youth rowing. We hope you're able to join us on the water!
|Washington Rowing School
We are hosting three one-week junior camps this summer as well as a five-week program. Rowers can commit by the week. Both beginners and experienced rowers are welcome. Boat skills including balance, blade work, body position, and power will all be developed. We row out of Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland on the Anacostia River.
|ZLAC Rowing Camps
Our athletic programs offer every woman, no matter her age or experience level, the ability to get out on the water and row. We have both competitive and recreational programs to suit all interests of all our rowers. Come join us on Mission Bay!
|San Diego||California||United States|
|Artemis Rowing Club
Artemis Rowing is a competitive rowing program based at Oakland California’s Jack London Aquatic Center. Throughout June, July and August, Artemis is offering fun, week-long summer Learn to Row camps for students in grades 6–12. Enroll in two or more and be ready for our middle/high school teams in fall!
We are a sports agency based in Banyoles, home to all rowing events for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. We host plenty of rowing clubs, universities and federations from all over the world, and coordinate their training camps and tours in many of Spain’s top rowing venues. We provide all sorts of tailor-made packages including accommodation, transportation, and rowing logistics. Trust our knowledge and enjoy some truly great rowing experiences in Spain!
|Various locations||Various locations||Spain|