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

Fall Rowing – Novice

Novice rowing is an introductory, coed program offering youth grades 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.

Eligibility: 9th – 12th grade youth with no previous high school rowing experience; or individuals who participated in the summer but have not raced at USRowing Northwest Junior Regional Championships.

Fall Rowing – Experienced / Varsity

The Junior Crew program (8th-12th graders, boys and girls) registers athletes from middle and high schools throughout the region. The rowing program at WRA teaches the basic fundamentals of rowing, boat handling, water safety and care of equipment. All classes are geared toward competitive rowing. Rowing produces a great sense of pride and accomplishment as athletes work to meet the physical and mental challenges of the sport. Fees shown are for scheduled practices plus our first ALL team regatta on September 22nd on Lake Samish.

All teams meet Monday thru Friday

  • Fall Dates| September 4th – November 5th
  • Monday, Wednesday | 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday | 4:15 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Cost = $440 | Fee includes all scheduled practices and the Salmon Roe on Saturday 9/22. All other regattas will be billed separately

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!