Rowing Camp FAQs

Welcome to Novice Rowing! 

We hope you find this information helpful.  If you need additional assistance, please email or call (405) 552-4040.

How do I register?
Go HERE to register.

What precautions are you taking in response to COVID-19?  You can review our COVID-19 precautions here.

Who will be coaching the camp?  Our experienced staff of OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Rowing Coaches will be coaching both the Novice and Intermediate Rowing Camps.  Our coaches take great pride in teaching the sport of rowing to new athletes, while using teamwork and integrity to ensure a fun and respectful environment.

Where do rowing campers need to be picked up and dropped off?
Rowing camp is at the Chesapeake Boathouse (725 S. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73129).  The Chesapeake Boathouse is the farthest west building in the Boathouse District!

When do rowing campers need to be dropped off and picked up?  The Drop Off Window is 7:50-8:00am, Pick Up is 12:00pm at the Chesapeake Boathouse.

What do campers need to wear for rowing?  Weather appropriate athletic shoes and clothing.  Rowing attire is a lot like running clothes, but general athletic clothing works great.

What do campers need to bring to camp?  All rowing campers need to bring a reusable water bottle!  Campers can also bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to wear outside and on the water.  Additionally, campers who have specific medical needs should bring their medications with them. 
What is rowing camp like?  Like most sport camps, Rowing Camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of the rowing stroke through a series of drill work and skill development exercises.  Camp will begin with sessions on land using rowing machines and the indoor rowing simulation tank.  Campers will also complete an optional water safety swim test, practice boat handling, and take strokes on their own in singles!  Throughout the camp, these new rowers will transfer their rowing skills from on-land technical development to rowing in sequence on the water!

What is a swim test?  For the time being, all youth rowers and rowing campers will only be able to row singles, or doubles if two campers come from the same household.  Due to the smaller size, singles can be less stable, which could result in a camper flipping into the water.  A coach and safety boat will be near at all times, however it is necessary to ensure campers know how to swim or are wearing a Personal Floatation Device (PFD).  Swim Tests will be held on the Tuesday of camp week and below are the swim test components to expect:
Swim Test Requirements: 50-meter continuous swim, 10-minute float and/or tread water, demonstrate putting on a PFD while floating
*A certified Red Cross lifeguard will supervise the optional swim test.  Campers who do complete, or opt out of, the swim test must wear a Portable Floatation Device (PFD) in rowing boats.

What happens if it rains?  Even if it’s raining or very windy, we will still meet and have fun!  Always show up for camp unless a Coach has notified you in advance with alternative plans.

How do you continue rowing after the Novice Camp?  Register for our Intermediate Rowing Camp!  The next step in becoming an advanced rower is the Intermediate Rowing Camp.

How Do YOU Join the OKC RIVERSPORT Rowing Team?  So you want to row, travel, race, and meet some amazing new teammates??  Join the OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Rowing Team!  Your first week is free with no team-related or financial obligation.  Starting in August, our Middle School team practices twice per week, while our Novice Girls & Novice Boys Rowing teams practice 5-days per week and travel the region to race!
Middle School: Grades 6-8          Novice Rowing Teams: Grade 8-12

Have additional questions?  Email us or call (405) 552-4040.
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