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The Rower

Rowing is a lifelong sport that can be learned and enjoyed at any age.

There are many reasons to row, including fitness, personal development, camaraderie, and even college admissions. Rowing is a total team experience that completely immerses the athlete like no other sport. 

Health Benefits

Almost everyone can row. People of all ages and sizes who are reasonably fit can participate in this low-impact sport. It is both a recreational activity and a full-body workout. Not only does it burn about 500 calories per hour for moderate rowing, it also uses all the major muscle groups. Rowing on the water is often a meditative experience that relieves stress.

Team Experience

Athletes form very close friendships. They become responsible to their team and help each other develop and perform. Crew is unique in that the performance of the team together counts more than any one individual. Endurance, strength, mental toughness, and increased focus are all developed through the sport. As with most sports, participants improve their personal conditioning and technical skills. What is special about rowing is the degree to which participants work together and depend upon each other.

College Admissions

For parents and students, one of the primary advantages of high school rowing is its potential benefit in college admissions. The application process for the best colleges has become more competitive than ever. Crew is the fastest growing NCAA sport and many top schools recruit for it, with some even offering scholarships. The overall improvement in admissions for coxswains is significant.

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What is a Novice?

A rower in their first 12 months of rowing. Since it takes most people a while to refine the basics of rowing and racing, they can row against others of similar experience level.

Rowing Styles


Rowing with two oars per person. The length of the oar is ~9' long.


Rowing with one oar per person (on either the port or starboard side). The length of the oar is ~12' long.
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