The High School racing rowing program is geared towards participants ages 13-18. The Middle School program is geared towards participants ages 12-13. Youth participants must not have graduated from high school to participate and compete.
- Junior: Any rower under the age of 19 (19 if if they are enrolled in high school)
- Novice: Any rower with 1 year or less of rowing experience. Typically, a novice "graduates" in May, at our District Championships
- High School Team: Accepts athletes from 22 schools from all over Snohomish County. 8th graders allowed with experience, by permission from coach.
- Varsity: Athletes with more than one year of racing experience.
- Varsity 8: Top 8 athletes in a program
- Junior Varsity 8: Second 8 athletes in a program
- 3V 8: Etc.
- U-17: Athletes who will NOT turn 17 in the given year of competition
- "B" The Canadian Designation for the U-17 racing category
March 14, 2017 is the last day we accept new athletes into the spring program. After this date, there is simply not enough time to prepare athletes for our District Championships in late May. 2017 summer rowing starts on June 28th at 7:00 AM.
Of course! Once winter sports are completed, come on down to the boathouse! Sign up for the program
so you get our updates and information.
Over 240 hours of instruction from a highly qualified coaching staff. Entry fees at 6 regattas. Transportation to 2 away regattas, 6 nights lodging at 2 away regattas, equipment usage, food at local regattas, most meals at away regattas, and more!
Our regatta schedule is listed under the “documents” section of
. Travel information and links to the two or three regattas requiring travel (Brentwood, District Championships, and National Youth Championships) can be found
Rowing is a complete sport. The ideal team effort, as every participant must perform at his or her best every day in practice, and during racing. Rowing is an endurance sport that requires strength, speed, balance, power and finesse. No two practices are the same. Rowing develops character, courage, deep friendships and a goal oriented outlook on life.
for directions to our boathouse.
Athletes and parents most often arrange carpools to get to and from the boathouse. We draw from 27 schools in Snohomish County, so there will likely be another rower or parent able to help. Please
with your school and address and we will work to find you a carpool.
Our policy is to not turn away athletes due to financial need. Please
to find our financial aid application. We offer maximum of 50% need based discount. Special cases will be considered for more aid.
To be quite honest, the best indicators of rowing success are all attitude based: Willingness to learn, coachability, tenacity and desire are the hallmarks of our most successful rowers. Athletes who exhibit these characteristics tend to excel in our program. Athletes with natural talent (strength, endurance, build) need these skills to excel in the sport of rowing.
This depends on many factors, including, desire, athleticism, prior physical activity and general development of youth. While we certainly see some athletes pick up the sport right away, it is common for it take a couple of years for an athlete to "figure it out". A good analogy might be looking at other sports; it takes time for an athlete to put all of the requirements of the sport together: the physical, technical, mental, strategic and team elements all need to be developed before an athlete can have success in rowing.
We believe in a positive, competitive and supportive environment. We believe that to be attain success, one must be committed to the sport, to ones team and to ones own development. Our program is flexible enough to handle the widest range of capabilities found in sport. We have athletes who have been extremely successful in other sports, and athletes who could not run 1 mile when they started rowing. If the desire is there, we can develop athletes of all abilities. Some of our most memorable athletes are those who have made the most significant progress in their time while with us.
Rowing is a strength endurance sport. The requirements for racing 2,000 meters are 80% aerobic and 20% anaerobic. Our training includes developing our energy systems, as well as core strength, balance and explosive power. Fall racing has evolved in the training regimen, as fall is a perfect time to develop the aerobic base to prepare for spring rowing.
As with all sports, specificity is becoming the norm. We encourage athletes, especially those in 7th - 10th grade, to do other sports in the off seasons. This cross training helps develop general athletic ability and keeps the mind and body fresh. Older athletes who are serious about rowing college or winning regional championships typically train year round. We work to develop sculling as well as rowing both on port and starboard in order to maintain a balanced physical development. During our competitive season practices are five days per week, generally from 3-6pm. This is a competitive sport, so attendance counts. Please understand that even though this is a club, we conduct our program with the same rules and expectations of a varsity high school sport.
Rowing is a sport that has many intrinsic benefits. Our athletes (and their parents) report better time management and attention to detail in the academic environment. Athletes learn about living a healthy lifestyle. They develop a sense of goal setting and analysis. They learn a lifelong sport. Athletes learn how to win and how to lose. They learn what they are capable of. They learn to push themselves. They learn to trust themselves and their teammates. They learn to deal with nerves, excitement and race preparation. They learn how to relate to their peers and how to work together. They learn to appreciate the little things in life - a good stroke, a colorful sunset, a tight race, the shared laughter after a tough practice. After many years, our alumni report that rowing changed their lives for the better.
to sign up for "Junior Spring Rowing". On the first day of practice the athlete will need; 1) a signed copy of
this rowing waiver
, 2) a completed physical (any form from a doctor indicating that the athlete is healthy is OK), and 3) a completed
swim test form
The safety of our athletes is a main concern at ERA. This means that we must assure that a potential athlete is able to be safe in the water. The swim test (also known as the float test) is a test that most public pools administer, and a completed ERA swim test form must be on file before an athlete joins the team. The minimum ERA swim test includes a 100 yard swim (any stroke), floating for 10 minutes in workout clothes, and putting a life vest on while in the water. At the conclusion of the swim test, a life guard should complete this ERA
swim test form
Yes. We aim to be as flexible as possible for our members. Payments can be made weekly, monthly or quarterly. They can be made by check, cash, credit card or Paypal. There are several ways to pay described on our
, and to set up regular payments from your credit card you can fill out a
credit card authorization form
. We just ask that you set up a payment plan with us in advance, pay on time, and make sure your final payment for the season is made by its conclusion.
Training gear is optional, and described
. Racing gear will cost a beginner $64. The athletes will need to pay for 2-3 meals at the District Championships, as well as any souvenirs. Crews that qualify for the National Championships pay those costs.
Yes. We fundraise 34% of our annual operating budget. We bring in revenue from hosting 2 community regattas in the fall, selling beer and wine at the Sorticulture event in June, we sell flowers and wreaths in December and we host an annual Auction and Gala in March. We ask that you participate in these events in some capacity. Our program runs on the hard work and generosity of many in the community. The Fall Flower Sale also gives the athletes an opportunity to earn credit to lower their fees. In 2016, an athlete earned over $400 in credit toward her rowing dues.