Learn about rowing

“Rowing is fun and different from other sports. It’s fun being outside on the water with my teammates!

Rowing programs for youth are available at many different locations in the city of Seattle! Youth programs are organized by local “boathouses” and available for boys and girls, grades 8-12. No previous rowing experience is required!

The Ultimate Team Sport!

Rowing is the ultimate team sport. Rowing gives kids a chance to work together as part of a team while guided by experienced coaches.

Facts About Rowing

  • An 8-person rowing boat (called an eight) is approximately 60 feet long and weighs a little over 200 pounds.
  • A “single” is a one-person boat. It is the smallest rowing boat available, weighing approximately 25-30 pounds.
  • MythBusters confirmed that an “eight” generates enough speed to tow a water skier.
  • Seattle has 6,200 acres of water — much of which is suitable for rowing.

How do I join a team?

Rowing for middle and high school students is called “junior rowing” and is available at most boathouses in Seattle. No previous rowing or athletic experience is required–your coaches will teach you everything you need to know! Find the boathouse closest to you:


Partial and full scholarships are available through each boathouse as well as through Row to the Future’s Rainer Valley Rowing (RVR) program. RVR support is currently available at two boathouses: Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center and Pocock Rowing Center.

When is practice?

Rowing is available year-round and students may join a team at the start of any season. During the school year, practice is after school, Monday-Friday, usually 4-6 p.m. During the summer, practice is typically in the morning, usually 8-10 a.m.

What is a typical practice like?

A typical rowing practice includes a warm-up activity on land before getting into boats and rowing on the water. You will get a chance to row in the front (bow) and back (stern) of the boat and work with different people almost every day. Practice typically includes some jogging and conditioning exercises to help build fitness and strength.

How much does rowing cost?

Cost varies by boathouse and season. There are fees for both registration and regattas (races). Registration fees cover the cost of coaching and equipment for an entire season. Regatta fees cover race entry fees and additional items such as snacks, and in some cases, travel by bus and hotel accommodations. The average cost for participating in junior rowing is typically:

Fall (September – November): $350 for registration; $100 for regatta fees.
Winter (December – January): $100 for registration; $0 for regatta fees. Winter rowing consists of on-land conditioning exercises and indoor rowing only.
Spring (February – June): $450-600 for registration; $600-$800 for regatta fees. Regatta fees include food and accommodations for two “away” regattas and 3-5 “home” regattas.
Summer (June-July): $175-225 for registration; $25 for regatta fees.