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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, ages 12-19. 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 all Summer Camps.

Session Descriptions

The sessions build upon each other:

  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 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 in the fall 

    • 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. 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 want to participate will do the Intro to Comp camp in the morning, then stay at camp until 2 pm to help the Learn to Row campers. 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
  • Running shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes
  • Lunch, snack
  • Windbreaker/fleece, in case of wind or foul weather
  • Registration paperwork

Summer 2022 Camp Dates (2023 dates will be announced in February):

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 & Greet
11:45Erg – Technique Review
12:00Get in Boats / Learning
13:00Land Boats & Clean up
13:30Clean up – Boats Away
14:00Review Day & Release