Middle School Rowing
Sammamish Rowing Association’s middle school program is for students in grades 6-8 who want to learn a new sport, have fun, and spend time outdoors. Participants learn rowing technique on the water with an emphasis on sculling (two-oar rowing). They also build physical fitness with land-based workouts that can include running, calisthenics, and fitness-related games and competitions.
In fall and spring, 8th graders have registration priority; rowers in 7th grade who meet the minimum height requirement of 5' 1" are added if space is available. The summer middle school program has no enrollment restrictions and is open to students going into grades 6-8.
In fall and spring, Middle School rowers practice three days a week after school. Two days a week practice is run out of Idylwood Park in Redmond, where rowers learn to “beach launch” (wading in shallow water to launch and land). On Friday, rowers practice at the Hod Fowler Boathouse in Marymoor Park to improve their technique and fitness on the boathouse ergs (rowing machines). In July and August, summer rowing camps operate entirely out of the Hod Fowler Boathouse.
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