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.

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.

 

Middle & High School Novice Summer Rowing

The goal of our summer programming is to introduce new rowers to the fundamentals of rowing and develop a solid foundation of the sport in a fun, supportive environment. Athletes  can then build upon these skills in subsequent summer sessions and fall rowing. Try one, two, or all three sessions to really get a feel for the sport of rowing!

Session 2 Note:

The Summer Green Lake Regatta is held on Saturday August 3rd in Seattle, Wa. All rowers participating in Session 2 are encouraged to participate in this event. This fee is separate from the session fee and can be added during registration. This fee covers entry fees, transportation of equipment, truck rental, gas, coaching, and food at the regatta. This is an all day event, rowers are often required to arrive at the race venue by 6:00 AM. Rowers and families are responsible for their own transportation and boarding if you choose to stay in Seattle on Friday evening.

Session 1
High School
$150
Session

Session 1 | June 24 – July 11

Dates | Monday – Thursday

Times | 7:30 – 9:30 AM

Session 2
$150
Session

Session 2 | July 15 – August 1

Dates | Monday – Thursday

Times | 7:30 – 9:30 AM

Session 3
$150
Session

Session 3 | August 5 – August 22

Dates | Monday – Thursday

Times | 7:30 – 9:30 AM

Experienced Summer Rowing

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 bladework and form, and for returning experienced rowers who want to keep their skills sharp.

Session 2 – Race Prep

Session 2: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 3rd​. 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.

The Summer Green Lake Regatta is held on Saturday August 3rd in Seattle, Wa. All rowers participating in Session 2 are encouraged to participate in this event. This fee is separate from the session fee and can be added during registration. The fee covers entry fees, transportation of equipment, truck rental, gas, coaching, and food at the regatta. This is an all day event, rowers are often required to arrive at the race venue by 6:00 AM. Rowers and families are responsible for their own transportation and boarding if you choose to stay in Seattle on Friday evening.

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

Session 1
Tech Prep
$150
Session

Session 1 | June 24 – July 11

Dates | Monday – Thursday

Times | 7:30 – 9:30 AM

Session 2
Race Prep
$150
Session

Session 2 | July 15 – August 1

Dates | Monday – Thursday

Times | 7:30 – 9:30 AM

Session 3
Season Prep
$150
Session

Session 3 | August 5 – August 22

Dates | Monday – Thursday

Times | 7:30 – 9:30 AM

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.

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