Common Questions for Parents thinking about rowing as an option for their children

  1. What is rowing and how does it differ from other sports?
    • Rowing is a sport where athletes propel a boat using oars. It differs from other sports in that it requires teamwork, synchronization, and endurance, while also offering a unique on-water experience. There are opportunities for athletes to row and for coxswains who are usually smaller in build and steer the boat
  2. Who can join the rowing program?
    • Our program is open to high school students of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced rowers. We welcome anyone interested in learning the sport and being part of a supportive team environment. We offer middle school and adult programs as well
  3. What are the time commitments for rowing?
    • Typically, we have scheduled practices Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with additional sessions leading up to competitions if there is interest and several races each season. We strive to accommodate students’ academic schedules and other commitments when applicable.
  4. Are there tryouts for the rowing team?
    • No. While some competitive teams may hold tryouts to assess skill levels, our program is inclusive and aims to provide opportunities for all interested students. We focus on individual growth and development, regardless of prior experience.
  5. How much does it cost to participate in the rowing program?
    • Costs can vary depending on the season but we strive to keep costs affordable. We offer scholarships and financial assistance to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate, regardless of financial circumstances.
  6. What safety measures are in place for rowers?
    • Safety is our top priority. We adhere to strict safety protocols and provide thorough training in water safety, boat handling, and emergency procedures guided by US Rowing. Our head coach is certified in first aid and CPR, and we have safety boats on the water during practices and competitions. All coaches are “Safe Sport Certified” and hold CT boating licenses.
  7. Are there opportunities for rowers to compete in regattas?
    • Yes, our program participates in local, regional, and national regattas throughout the season. Competitions offer valuable opportunities for athletes to showcase their skills, build camaraderie with teammates, and strive for personal and team success.
  8. How does rowing support academic success?
    • Rowing teaches valuable life skills such as time management, discipline, and teamwork, which are transferable to academic pursuits. Many of our student-athletes excel academically while balancing the demands of training and competition.
  9. What resources are available for athletes interested in pursuing rowing at the collegiate level?
    • Our coaching staff provides guidance and support for student-athletes interested in collegiate rowing, including assistance with the recruitment process, college connections, and navigating NCAA eligibility requirements. We offer rowing opportunities during all seasons except winter at this time.
  10. How can parents/guardians get involved in supporting the rowing program?
    • We encourage parent involvement through volunteering opportunities, fundraising efforts, and attending competitions to cheer on the team. Parents play a vital role in supporting their student-athletes and contributing to the success of the program. We even have some parents out in launches providing extra eyes and safety boats.