Junior Rowing


WRA offers competitive, novice, and experienced programs for youth rowers, ages 12 to 18, in middle and high school. Our program provides an introduction to the sport of rowing and crew, basic fitness, conditioning, and safety on the water. WRA is a community team that welcomes rowers from all over to the one of the most beautiful lakes in Whatcom County.

WRA Juniors Rowing Program

The Whatcom Rowing Junior program consists of middle and high schools students age 13 through the summer after graduation (18 or 19) from the Whatcom County area. No rowing experience is necessary and new rowers can join at any time. Our focus is on learning proper rowing techniques, teamwork and having fun!

Whether your primary interest is competition, fitness, or fun, we have a place for you!   Juniors will row in singles, doubles, quads and eights.  They will be encouraged to develop confidence through teamwork and leadership, as well as individual goals. The team will also be participating in regional regattas throughout the year.

Without realizing it, rowing teaches endless lessons such as teamwork, commitment, time management, respect, a strong work ethic that junior rowers take with them for the rest of their life. We train on Lake Whatcom.  The reasons junior rowers try the sport in the first place are endless; it is one of the fastest growing sports in the country with more college scholarship opportunities per high school athlete then any other sport

Summer Rowing – Novice

Novice rowing is an introductory, coed program offering youth 8-12 a chance to try the sport of rowing on Lake Whatcom. Participants are introduced to the basics of the sport in a fun, engaging, safe environment. No prior rowing experience is required. Rowers are introduced to the basics of the sport, learning rowing terminology, how to handle the equipment, and the elements of proper rowing technique. The goal of the program is to introduce new rowers to the fundamentals of rowing and develop a solid foundation of skills in a fun, supportive environment. Participants will acquire the basics of the sport and develop a solid foundation of skills and knowledge of rowing, which they can then build upon in subsequent summer sessions and fall rowing.

All sessions meet Monday thru Thursday from 7:30 -9:30 AM

  • Session 1: June 25 – July 12
  • Session 2: July 16 – August 2 *This group will have the opportunity to race at the Summer Green Lake Regatta in Seattle, WA on August 4th.
  • Session 3: August 6 – August 23
  • Cost = $150

Summer Rowing – Experienced

Session 1: Tech Prep

  • This three-week course will focus on technique, working in a variety of rowing shells.  Rowers should expect to practice in both sweep and sculling boats, with an emphasis on  small boats, safety, drills, video review and technical workout pieces. This is an ideal camp for former novice rowers who are joining the experienced team for the first time and want to improve their blade work and form, and for returning experienced rowers who want to keep their skills sharp.
  • June 25 – July 12
  • Monday – Thursday
  • 7:30 – 9:30 AM
  • $150
  • No Practice July 5th (While we realize that the Holiday is July 4th, it is typically a holiday celebrated throughout the day and into the evening with fireworks. Because of this we will row on the 4th and take the 5th off so that families can enjoy their evening and not worry about getting up early for practice again.

Session 2: Race Prep

  • This three-week course is designed to give rowers a chance to focus on all aspects of race preparation: coaches will help rowers learn to mentally prepare for competition using a variety of techniques, as well as physically prepare for the Green Lake Summer regatta on August 4th.  All experienced rowers are welcome to attend this camp; participation in the Green Lake summer regatta is highly encouraged as the camp will focus on this event.
  • July 16 – August 2
  • Monday – Thursday
  • 7:30 – 9:30 AM
  • $150
  • This group will race at the Summer Green Lake Regatta on Saturday August 4th.

Session 3: Season Prep

  • This highly focused camp is intended to get rowers ready for fall competition. Rowers in this camp can expect challenging workouts both on and off the water. Focus will be on getting back into shape as well as team building, so participants should be prepared for both hard work and fun.
  • August 6 – August 23
  • Monday – Thursday
  • 7:30 – 9:30 AM
  • $150

Since 2013 Whatcom Rowing has assisted with 32 seasonal scholarships amounting to over $10,000. In the spring of 2017 WRA supported the largest scholarship need to date and because of  generous community we were able to provide a quality experience for all athletes that walked through the boathouse doors, regardless of ability to pay. If you or your rower is in need of a scholarship please visit our Scholarship Page for more information.

Find the Junior’s group on Facebook! WRA Junior Rowers!