Padre Rowing Camp

An Introduction to High School Rowing

Padre Rowing Camp is an introduction to competitive high school sweep rowing designed for prospective student-athletes with little or no experience in the sport. Campers will be introduced to both technical and physical elements of the sport, beginning on the indoor rowing machine and progressing to 8-man shells on the water.

Specifics include:
  • An introduction to the Concept2 Ergometer — the primary on-land training tool for rowing
  • Physical and technical elements of the rowing stroke
  • Fitness for rowing — strength, flexibility, cardio and endurance
  • Basic safety and boat handling — carrying and launching shells
  • Technical instruction for sweep rowing in 8-man shells with coxswains
  • Competitive racing on the water
  • All activities will take place at our boathouse (Bair Island Aquatic Center) on the Port of Redwood City under the guidance of the Serra High School coaching staff.

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Is there any experience necessary?

No! Most athletes begin rowing in high school, so prior experience is rare. This is your opportunity to learn!

What do I bring/wear to camp?

Water bottle, hat/sunglasses, sunscreen. Wear a tee shirt, shorts, and running shoes. Bring extra socks. It's a water sport -- don't be afraid to get wet.

Is this camp a tryout for the Serra crew team?

No! Padre Rowing Camp is designed to provide insight into the sport of rowing through a fun, challenging, hands-on experience. Tryouts for the Serra team are during the school year.

Cancellations/Refund Policy

Up until June 1: 75% refunded
June 2 - 20: 50% refunded
June 20 - end of camp: No refund




Please email Michael Verdone


(three, one week camps)

July 8 - 12
Beginner Sweep Learn-to-Row Camp

July 15 - 19
Intermediate Sweep Rowing Camp

July 22 - 26
Sculling Camp


Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Open to:

Students entering grades 7 through 12



Camp Director:

Michael Verdone
Serra Head Crew Coach


Bair Island Aquatic Center
1450 Maple Street
Redwood City, CA

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