Grades 6 to 8
September 12, 2016 – May 25, 2017

Middle School Registration Document HERE

Program Description

The emphasis at the Middle School level is:

  • Boat handling and basic technical skills
  • Fun and Games on and off the Water
  • Fitness development
  • A broad introduction to the sport

We try to get on the water every day. Occasionally in winter it is too cold and/or wet. On these days we may go for a run, then treat everyone to hot chocolate, do an Erg Relay Race and some Core work… and then watch World Championship races, or a myriad of other games Coach Keara has developed to teach critical skills needed to be more proficient on the water. We have found the days off the water as important as the days on, in developing friendships and an understanding of the sport.


M – Th: 4-6 p.m.

September 5, 2017 – May 31, 2018
(No practices November 18- January 21)

Students have the choice of attending two or three days a week. We offer a flexible schedule, but do request consistency and advance notice


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We are committed to keeping our younger rowers in sculling boats with spoon blade oars. The symmetrical forces and lighter load of the spoons is better suited to the physiological growth and change most children go through in these years. In addition in small sculling boats they quickly learn:

  • What impact their body has on the boat
  • How to feel the water and adjust to varying water conditions
  • Basic boat handling and maneuvering skills



Racing in the Middle School years is informal. First and foremost, it must be fun. We set up scrimmages with local clubs, race short distances, creative obstacle courses, slaloms, and relays. You will race forward, backward, pivot, and in warmer months, you may be asked to flip, get back in the boat and continue. Our goal will be for you to come off the water claiming that was the most fun you’d had in a long time. In the meantime, you will have developed a cadre of boat-handling and mental skills that will be of enormous value should you go on to join our Junior Racing Team.


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