Community wellness through rowing

Summer 2018 - Beginner Rowing

This Beginner Rowing session is intended for students who will be entering grades 8-12 in the fall of 2018 and have no prior rowing experience. Participants will learn the basics of the sport, including the basic stroke, equipment handling, safety, and more, and work to become proficient in the rowing stroke on the water.


June 11 - 28

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:45 to 7:45 pm

All practices are held at the Grand Rapids Rowing Association Boathouse located at 291 North Park Street NW, Grand Rapids.




Opens in May. Limited to 20 participants.

Summer 2018 - Experienced Rowers

Our competitive summer rowing camps are for rowers with at least one full season of experience rowing on the water. Athletes from any school are welcome to participate. The camps will focus on improving the rowing stroke, both sweep and sculling, in preparation for summer races.

Camp Session A: June 11 - 28

Practice: Monday - Thursday from 5:30 to 7:45 PM

Regatta: The Grand Regatta (Grand Rapids) - June 23

Cost: TBD

Registration: Opens in May

Camp Session B: July 9 - 28

Practice: Monday - Thursday from 5:30 to 7:45 PM

Regatta: Michigan Club Invitational (Ann Arbor) - July 28

Cost: TBD

Registration: Opens in May

Spring 2018


March 5 - May 23


Varsity: Monday-Thursday 5:30 to 7:45 pm and Saturday 10:00 to Noon

Novice: Monday-Thursday 5:30 to 7:45 pm

Practice Location:

Indoor (March 5 - 22) - Our indoor gym is located at Alpine Family Fitness 1040 4 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids.

Boathouse (March 26 - May 23) - 291 North Park Street NW, Grand Rapids.


March 24 - Grand Rapids Spring Sprints (indoor at Forest Hills Central High School)

April 21 - GR Spring Scrimmage (Boathouse)

April 28 - Grand Rapids High School Invitational (Riverside Park)

May 5-6 - Indianapolis Junior Sprints (Indianapolis, IN). Team departs Friday, May 4 at noon.

May 19 - Culver Regatta (Culver, IN). Team departs Friday, May 18 at 2:30.


$350 - includes all coaching, equipment maintenance and transportation, boathouse expenses, and regatta entry fees.

Payment plan option: $125 due March 12, $125 due April 16, $100 due May 3.

Payment can be made in full via credit card when registering, or in full or partial payment via a check brought to practice.

Novice free trial period: March 5-12

There is also an additional travel fee that is paid separately and covers all transportation and lodging for away regattas, as well as other season expenses. 


In the event of inclement weather, coaches will make a decision no later than 4:00 pm. Athletes and parents will be notified by email. If it is too windy to row or if the weather forecast is uncertain, please attend practice and we will complete a land workout.

Registration Dues

What do dues cover?

The season fee covers coaching, equipment maintenance and repair, launch gas, boathouse expenses, regatta entry fees, insurance, equipment transportation to regattas and team's membership in the U.S. Rowing Association. It does not include uniforms, individual transportation, lodging or food costs for regattas which are organized by the Boosters and paid for separately.

Regattas, Travel & Clothing Costs


Novice/Varsity attend approximately 3-4 local and regional regattas per season. There is no additional cost for the fall and spring seasons to participate in regattas -- the regatta fees are included in the registration fee. Summer regatta fees are not included in the registration fee and are based on participation.


Parents are responsible for regatta travel, lodging, and food costs. An active parent booster program helps to offset these costs when possible.


Athletes should come prepared with weather appropriate clothing and running shoes. At the start of the spring and fall seasons, rowers can purchase optional team apparel. Varsity rowers are responsible for purchasing their own uniform, called a unisuit (“uni”), which costs approximately $75.

Varsity Squad

Will there be tryouts for varsity?

No. All eligible rowers are welcome to join the varsity squad. If a rower is not yet prepared for the competitive nature of the varsity squad, coaches may recommend additional time with the novice squad. If uncertain whether novice or varsity is right for you, please speak with a coach or join varsity for the first week of practice.

What is expected of varsity rowers?

  • Attendance - Be at practice and on time.
  • Attitude - Rowing is as much a mental sport as it is a physical one. A positive attitude and open mind towards the practice plan, races and your teammates makes a huge difference.
  • Train to Win - At times practice will be hard. Rowing requires you to put in the work now in order to reap success later on. Every stroke of every practice should receive your full effort.

How are crews assigned? Will varsity rowers row in every regatta?

Based on the number of athletes, skill levels and events offered at each regatta, the coaching staff will decide which events to enter, which shells to prioritize, and make lineup selections. Selections will be based on erg times, rowing performance, attendance and attitude. The coaches will make the selection process as transparent as possible. Assignments will be reevaluated on a continual basis - the opportunity to move up or down will always exist. Coaches will make every effort to have varsity rowers participate in regattas. However, line-ups for regattas will be based on factors noted above. Varsity rowers are not guaranteed to participate in every regatta.

About Junior Rowing

Grand Rapids Junior Rowing is the Grand Rapids Rowing Association's youth program and is open to 8th - 12th grade girls and boys in the Grand Rapids area. Junior rowing develops self-confidence, promotes physical fitness, and builds teamwork.

Our team practices at the same time and travels together, but is split into two levels for training and racing, based on experience:

The novice squad is for athletes in their first year of rowing (including those who are new to the sport). The novice program focuses on developing rowing skills and preparing for races against other novice crews at local and regional regattas.

The varsity squad is for athletes with a year or more of experience and is a focused on training for local, regional, and, occasionally, national level regattas.

Racing a Mens Quad (4x) at regatta
Racing a Mens Quad (4x) at regatta


Winter: January - February

Spring: March - May

Summer: June - August

Fall: September - November

Womens Double (2x) after race
Womens Double (2x) after race


Rowers - please download and print the Annual Waiver, (Adobe Reader required to read file), Click to download (opens in new window) which is required annually (each calendar year) for all rowers. Please fill the form out and bring it to practice to give to your coach.

Preparing to launch Mens Eight (8+) at regatta
Launching Mens Eight (8+) at regatta

Junior Varsity squad at regionals
Junior Varsity at Midwest regionals

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