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Summer Camps

Norcal offers a variety of camps for rowers new to rowing. All camps are for middle and high school students. During the week, campers will be exposed to as many rowing experiences as possible, they all will learn to row, cox and be exposed to a bit of racing and the fun the sport has to offer.  The athletes are welcome to do multiple weeks of camp and the camps do not have to be consecutive weeks. In addition to on-the-water training, the camps help athletes get a jump-start on their fitness. Each camp involves a little bit of running, erging, stretching, and core work.

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

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Session Descriptions

The sessions are set up as building upon each other.  With step one being Learn to Row, then Intro to Competitive Rowing (this camp can be attended multiple times) and finally the Norcal Crew Competitive team in the fall.  

Learn to Row

This session is for campers ages 12-19.  No experience is necessary for this introduction week. This camp is co-ed. Campers will learn how 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. Register Here.

Intro to Competitive Rowing

(with optional Community Service Opportunities)

Campers ages 12-19 must have completed one week of Learn to Row or one of the middle school programs, 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.

Optional Community Service for Intro to Competitive Rowing Athletes

Norcal offers our committed rowers the opportunity to help at the Learn to Row camps. We find that new rowers are very enthusiastic about the sport and enjoy spending more time on the water and sharing their enjoyment of rowing with new athletes.  

Athletes who opt-in for the community service option will stay at camp until 1:30pm and after their session of rowing they will row in boats with the learn to row athletes and help them to learn the sport.  Athletes will receive a special shirt for their service and on Fridays will be treated to a free lunch.

This opportunity can be joined any time before camp starts, we ask that the athletes commit for the full week. Register Here.

What to Bring:

  • Athletic clothing
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Running shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes
  • Lunch, snack
  • Windbreaker/fleece, in case of wind or foul weather
  • Registration paperwork

Summer 2022 Camp Dates:

Intro to CompLearn to Row
Week #1June 20-248:30am to 11:00am11:30am to 2:00pm
Week #2June 27-July 18:30am to 11:00am11:30am to 2:00pm
Week #3July 18-228:30am to 11:00am11:30am to 2:00pm
Week #4July 25-298:30am to 11:00am11:30am to 2:00pm
Week #5Aug 1-58:30am to 11:00am11:30am to 2:00pm
Week #6Aug 8-128:30am to 11:00am11:30am to 2:00pm

Daily Schedule:

Intro to CompLearn to Row
8:30Meet & Greet
9:30Launch Boats
10:45Land Boats
11:00Review Day & Release
11:30Meet & GreetRow
11:45Erg – Technique ReviewRow
12:00Get in Boats / LearningRow
13:00Land Boats & Clean upRow
13:30Clean up – Boats AwayRow
14:00Review Day & Release