Summer Youth Recreational Programs

Summer is great time to experience rowing on the Charles River. Our youth recreational summer programs offer boys and girls the chance to learn rowing for the first time or to continue to develop their rowing skills.


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CRI offers two youth recreational summer programs - Summer Learn to Row and Summer Skills.

Both of these clinics meet Monday through Friday, from 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 4 pm. Sessions begin in mid-June and run throughout the summer.

Youth Summer Learn to Row is for boys and girls ages 12-18 years who have not rowed before. Learn to Row is an introductory course where kids try the sport of rowing in a fun and safe environment. They will learn rowing terminology, learn to handle equipment and develop a basic set of rowing skills. Training will take place on our 12-person training barges (big, flat, stable training boats).

Summer Skills Development is for kids who have completed a learn to row program or who have already rowed recreationally.  In skills development sessions, rowers will continue to develop their knowledge of the fundamentals of sweep rowing, building on their rowing technique. They will gain a deeper understanding of boat skills, coxing technique, safety rules of the river and fitness.

Both Learn to Row and Skills Development include dry land training and awareness activities introducing athletes to the importance of hydration, diet, flexibility and core strength. Participants are introduced to basic measures of fitness and strength on the rowing machine and encouraged to work cooperatively toward collective goals on the water. Rowers will have an opportunity to race at the end of each week in a friendly, intramural environment. 

The daily schedule will include warm-ups, rowing instruction and practice (on land or water) and land-based team/strength building activities.  Note: kids learn rowing on land as well as on the water because our goal is effective and well paced introduction which includes time in multiple learning modalities.  

  • Learn to Row or Skills Development sessions begin June 15th and run through Aug 28th
  • Week of July 1st - no sessions
  • Morning (9am-12pm) and afternoon (1pm-4pm) sessions offered
Summer Program Health Form:

Athletes registered for the Summer Recreational programs need to fill out the CRI Summer Program Health Form, which is kept confidential and used by our health services staff (or emergency medical personnel) in case of emergency. You can scan and email the form to Nonna Giunta, or bring it to her in the admin office at CRI on the first day.

CRI programs are offered year round.  COMPARE this program to CRI's other youth program offerings.  For more information, please reach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.