Community wellness through rowing

Summer Rowing 2018

We are pleased to offer several summer rowing sessions for Grand Rapids area students with all levels of experience, from new beginner to experienced varsity rower. Information and registration for all summer programs is below. If you have questions or would like additional information about our junior rowing program, please contact coach Kyle Barnhart.

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.

Practice:

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.

Cost:

$75

Register


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. Athletes will be boated for practice and racing based on experience and ability to allow everyone the opportunity to continually improve.

Camp Session A: June 11 - 28

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

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

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

Cost: $120

Register


Camp Session B: July 9 - 28

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

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

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

Cost: $120

Register


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

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.

What do dues cover?

The season/session fee covers coaching, equipment maintenance and repair, launch gas, boathouse expenses, insurance, and regatta entry fees and equipment transportation to regattas (when applicable). It does not cover uniforms, individual athlete transportation, lodging, or food costs for regattas. The Grand Rapids Junior Rowing Parent Association works to coordinate regatta travel and associated costs.

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

Seasons

Winter: January - February

Spring: March - May

Summer: June - August

Fall: September - November

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

Waivers

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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