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Summer Camps

Norcal offers a variety of camps for athletes new to rowing. All camps are for middle and high school students, grades 6-12. During the week, campers will be exposed to as many rowing experiences as possible: rowing, coxing, racing, and land training (which includes running, erging, stretching, and core work). Athletes are welcome to do multiple weeks of camp and the camps do not have to be consecutive weeks. Camp dates will be announced in February. 

Although rowing does not involve being IN the water; ALL campers MUST know how to swim for safety purposes.

Click Here to Register for International Summer Camps.

Session Descriptions

The sessions build upon each other and are for rowers and aspiring coxswains.

  1. Step One: Learn to Row

    • No experience is necessary for this introductory week. This camp is co-ed. Campers will learn to safely handle the equipment, the basics of the rowing stroke, how to train on the rowing machines (ergometers/ergs), and will get exposure to as many components of rowing on the water as possible. We will spend some time on land and water each day introducing campers to all facets of rowing.
  2. Step Two: Intro to Competitive Rowing

    • Campers must have completed one week of Learn to Row or equivalent from another program before the beginning of this camp. We will be on the water for most of the camp working on more advanced techniques and understanding how to move the boats. The goal of this camp is to increase rowing skills and teach athletes the fun of rowing as a sport. We emphasize teamwork, introduce more rowing fitness concepts and provide an environment for each camper to improve their rowing skills. This camp can be attended multiple times.

  3. Step Three: Competitive Team pre-camp (July 31-Aug 4)

    • Athletes will be learning what the team is about.  
    • Participating in a more structured setting than summer camps
    • Spend more time really learning about the stroke and refining technique.
  4. Fall Racing Team – Sign up to row all year!

    • Norcal’s competitive teams practice five or six days a week from August through May and compete at local, state, regional, and national competitions. We have men’s and women’s teams in all junior age categories: U15, U16, U17, and U19. Find out more about our competitive program.

Optional Community Service for Intro to Competitive Rowing Athletes

Norcal offers our committed rowers the opportunity to help at the Learn to Row camps. Athletes will receive a special shirt for their service and will be treated to a free lunch on Friday. We ask that the athletes commit for the full week of the session.

What to Bring:

  • Athletic clothing
  • Reusable water bottle (full of water)
  • Running shoes & Socks
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • snack
  • Windbreaker/fleece, in case of wind or foul weather

Summer 2023 Camp Dates 

8:30 Session9:30 Session
Week #1June 19-238:30am to 11:00am9:30am to 12:00pm
Week #2June 26-June 308:30am to 11:00am9:30am to 12:00pm
Week #3July 10-148:30am to 11:00am9:30am to 12:00pm
Week #4July 17-218:30am to 11:00am9:30am to 12:00pm
Week #5July 24-288:30am to 11:00am9:30am to 12:00pm
Week #6 – Comp Pre- CampJuly 31-Aug 48:30am to 11:00am

Daily Schedule:

Athletes will learn to row on the stationary rowing machines (ergs). They will also learn to move boats, to row and most of the day will be spent on the water learning about rowing.