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Youth Rowing at HMC

Our youth program is a mixed gender and mixed-level program from ages 12-18, whereby beginners and experienced rowers and boys/girls all have an opportunity to participate. HMC delivers both an on and off water rowing program:
• Erging (on land during the off-season on rowing machines). Please see our Erging page for more information about HMC’s Youth Erging Program.
• Rowing (on the water)

Our on-water youth rowing program is delivered across the range of our fleet, depending on rower ability and level.  Our beginner boats are Hudson T11 quads which are safe, stable, sliding seat open water sculling (two oars) boats that suit our harbor conditions while providing an excellent and low impact rowing opportunity for our youth rowers. Advanced rowers will have the chance to row in our small boat and shell fleet, depending on conditions and rower ability.

 2017 Youth Rowing Session Dates

HMC will offer four sessions this season in their youth rowing program. Most group sessions run for 1 1/2 hours, two days per week in the spring/fall and four days per week in the summer sessions. HMC will be closed on Memorial Day (5/29/17), July 4th (7/4/17), and Labor Day (9/4/17). Classes will be held on Columbus Day (10/9/17).  Please note that $5 of every class registration will go towards an equipment fund for the rowing program. If you would like to make an additional contribution towards this program, please click here to donate.  Please note: All classes require a minimum of four registrations in order to run.

Spring May 1st-June 3rd
Summer A June 19th-July 14th
Summer B July 17th-August 13th
Add-on youth programming-TBA August 16th-September 1st
Fall September 11th-October 14th

What level am I?


OPEN TO: Grades 6-8

REQUIRED: 0-2 sessions rowing

A fun and inclusive coed open water rowing experience. This introductory noncompetitive program introduces youth to rowing and basic seasmanship in stable hudson touring 4x+s. Rowers take turns rowing and in the coxswain seat navigating through the harbor. If weather conditions do not permit on water practice, rowers will be on land on the ergometers (rowing machines) and/or be instructed on aspects of basic seamanship.

Mon/Wed 2:30pm-4pm $295/Session. See above class description. 
Tue/Thurs 2:30pm-4pm  $295/Session. See above class description. 



OPEN TO: Grades 6-8

REQUIRED: 2+ sessions rowing at HMC or elsewhere

This is a recreational, noncompetitive co-ed program that builds upon and continues to develop and refine skills with an emphasis on learning rowing terminology, rowing technique, boat skills, safety rules, basic seamanship and fitness. If weather conditions do not permit on water practice, rowers will be on land on the ergometers (rowing machines) and/or be instructed on aspects of basic seamanship.


Mon/Wed 4pm-5:30pm $295/Session. See above class description. 


OPEN TO: Grades 8-12

REQUIRED: 4+ sessions rowing with HMC and/or Director Approval

Ideal for athletes that have sculled with HMC and are dedicated to improving rowing skills and train at a focused level while developing leadership, team building rowing skill and fitness. Rowers are exposed to different types of boats and will be guided through technical drills and targeted workouts. Rowers may have the opportunity to gain racing experience. If weather conditions do not permit on water practice, rowers will do land training on the ergometers (rowing machines).

Director Approval Required

Tue/Thurs 4pm-5:30pm $295/Session. See above class description. 



REQUIRED: No prior rowing experience necessary; all levels of experience; 1 to 5 participants

Learn to row, advance your skills, or share a rowing experience with a friend. Private lessons are a good fit for those who want to learn to sport at their own speed or do not have the availability to attend a beginner rowing program. Rowers who desire more personalized coaching or are looking to advance their rowing skill may find a private lesson is the right fit. Or bring your friends down to introduce them to the sport you love and get them a personalized coaching experience. Lessons are scheduled based on coach and equipment availability. Contact to schedule a private lesson. Have a larger group interested in rowing? Check out our Group Rowing Experience on the adult rowing page.


Cancellation Fees

Class fees will be refunded upon written cancellation received prior to 30 days from the start of class. A $50 administration fee will be assessed for these changes. There are no refunds for cancellations after the start date of the class.