Rowing at the high school level is developing rapidly. If you didn’t know already, our sport is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation! But, for many rowers of school based programs, their only racing seasons are in the fall and spring, with some only ever racing in the spring. Additionally, they may not have programs close to home in the summer months. This discrepancy in the number of days on the water compared with multi-season club rowers dramatically limits their opportunities for development.
Luckily, there are a number of opportunities for student rowers to elevate their skills during the summer months. Many of these also allow students to live away from home and train at varying degrees of intensity. Below we will share a list of different options for the student rower:
Craftsbury Sculling Center
A residential program in beautiful northern Vermont situated on Hosmer Pond. Craftsbury is dedicated to small boat training, meaning athletes will gain invaluable experience learning how to move a single scull. There are one week, weekend, or multi-week sessions.
Community Rowing Inc.
Based in Boston, MA, CRI is one of the largest clubs in the US. They have strong teams during the school year that draw from many neighboring towns. In the summer, they draw from a national pool of athletes and house out of state rowers in dormitories at Boston College. This is a highly competitive racing program that trains athletes in preparation for USRowing Club Nationals and Canadian Henley each year. This camp is for the student who is looking for 2000m racing experience in a variety of boats, mostly sweep.
Princeton Rowing Camp
Many universities have summer rowing camps that run out of their varsity boathouses during the summer. Princeton Rowing Camp, for example, is run by the Head or Assistant Coaches of the men’s and women’s programs, with college rowers as counselors. Campers get to experience dorm life, as well as receive an inside look into the college’s facilities and body of water.
For the adventurous rower who is looking for a bit of international experience, Sparks Consulting runs development camps around the globe with a select group of rising seniors each year. These camps are focused on getting athletes to train at a college preparatory level in hopes of being recruited the following year.
Kent School Rowing Camp
Boarding schools, similar to the universities, occasionally run summer programs as well. As one of the top high school programs in the country year after year, the Kent coaches recognize that development in the off-season is essential to racing season success. Kent School Rowing Camp for Boys is designed for the high school rower who is looking to deepen his knowledge of the sport, improve his technique in the boat, and develop into a top level rower in his regular season program. The focus on development, rather than racing, gives athletes the opportunity to revisit the basics of the stroke, and find the most efficient and effective way to move their boats. The top notch coaching and impressive stroke evaluation technology make this a great choice for club and school rowers alike.
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