Pathway to Development

If you're wondering which program is right for you, please take a look at our development model below which is meant to explain an athlete's advancement through a pathway supporting a healthy sport experience based on their physical, mental and emotional level and potential for growth. The path differs based on age - with youth rowers moving directly onto team programs where learning to row is incorporated into the coaching, while adult rowers attend a dedicated Learn to Row program before joining one of our adult programs. 

Those with no rowing experience and not quite ready to commit are welcome to our free introduction to rowing classes that are generally held the first Saturday of each month. During winter months, we hold these intro sessions indoors at the NYSC in the Palisades mall using rowing simulations and video. During spring, summer and fall, the sessions take place on the water at Rockland Lake. Both provide participants an opportunity to try rowing in a fun and safe environment. This class is described here and upcoming sessions are listed under upcoming events.  If you like the Intro to Rowing session, sign up for our more extensive Learn to Row programs described below.


A foundational program with a focus on the fundamentals and learning the basic principles of technique. 
Program: Youth Learn to Rows are offered weekly throughout the season as a two-day session incorporated into our development team practices. New youth rowers attend practices with the rest of the youth development team, but for the first two days (more if needed) are given extra attention by a second “learn-to-row” coach to help them grasp the basic skills they need to fully participate with the rest of the team. By immersing them with the development team, after two days they have a good idea if rowing is for them and can simply choose to continue on to Stage Two by joining the Development Team full-time. Adult Learn to Rows are scheduled based on demand and include weekday or weekend sessions. Private lessons for both youth and adults are also offered.
Pre-requisite: None.


For athletes who want to join a team, we offer organized training options focused on fun. This stage focuses on developing technical skills needed for safety and competency, and then furthering development through challenges with an emphasis on enjoyment of the sport, the healthy benefits for participation and socialization over competition. 
Programs offered: Youth Development, Adult Recreational, and Adaptive
Pre-requisite: Learn-to-Row or equivalent experience. Ages 12+
Practice: Typically three times per week. 
Racing: Limited.


As rowers progress, we offer more focused training. Athletes continue to refine skills, increase strength and conditioning, apply skills and strategies from practice to competition and focus on the process of learning and developing from competitive experiences. Athletes compete for the fun, healthy and social aspects of the sport. 
Programs offered: Youth CompetitiveAdult Competitive, and Adaptive.
Pre-requisite: A stage two program and/or coach's consent. Ages 14+
Practice: Typically five times per week. 
Racing: Approximately three times per season. 


Once athletes have learned to compete, we focus on learning how to win. Practices are dedicated to maximizing fitness preparation and will focus on personal performance and achievement through goal-setting. Programming utilizes sport-science related information such as nutrition and sport psychology. Athletes commit to increased competition and long-term training in order to excel and progress. Most youth athletes pursue college recruitment at this stage.  
Programs offered: Youth Competitive, U23Adult Competitive, and Adaptive.
Pre-requisite: Coach's consent. Ages 15+
Practice: Typically five to six times per week. 
Racing: Approximately five times per season.