Washtenaw Rowing Center Offers Learn to Row for Middle Schoolers

Disclosure: Washtenaw Rowing Center has paid for this post about their Middle School Learn to Row Program.

Do you have a Middle Schooler who is looking for a new sport? The Washtenaw Rowing Center offers classes in learning to row. Students learn the basics of rowing and working as a team.

Washtenaw Rowing Center - Middle School Learn to Row

Middle School Learn to Row Program

In the Middle School Rowing program, 6th, 7th and 8th graders with no experience learn to row as a team. Every boat will have a coach and up to 9 children. The Washtenaw Rowing Center’s program for middle school is geared towards overall fitness and total wellness.

Washtenaw Rowing Center - Middle School Learn to Row


Washtenaw Rowing Center Staff

Kit Bennett, the Director of Washtenaw Rowing Center, has 17 years of coaching experience at the high school, U19 national team, and college (Michigan) levels. All of the coaches are enthusiastic and well trained.

Washtenaw Rowing Center - Middle School Learn to Row

Learn to Row Sessions

Washtenaw Rowing Center offers both Level I and Level II classes for middle schoolers (grades 6-8). The summer session is open to both incoming 6th graders and incoming high school freshmen.

There are three seasons for Learn to Row Classes each year:

  • Spring – 8 week session starting the second week in April
  • Summer – mid-June through the end of July
  • Fall – 6 week sessions starting the second full week in September

Learn to Row Classes are held on the Huron River starting from the Boathouse at Concordia University.

Spring Programs

The Spring Learn to Row Program is split into two sessions with your choice of a Monday/Wednesday/Friday class or a Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday class. 

  • Level I Classes
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6:30-7:45p April 10-May 5
    • Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-7:45p and Sunday 10-11:15a – April 11-May 7
  • Level II Classes
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6:30-7:45p May 8-May 31 (no practice May 12 or 29)
    • Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-7:45p and Sunday 10-11:15a – May 9-May 30 (no practice May 14)

Each session is $260. There is a $50 discount for registering for both a Level I and II class during the spring. The combined cost for both levels is $470.

About Rowing

Rowing is a sport that allows all children to succeed with hard work regardless of their natural athletic ability. It is also a low-concussion sport. Unlike many sports, rowing allows boys and girls to practice together.

Swimming skills are important, but life jackets can be worn by weak/non-swimmers.

Washtenaw Rowing Center - Middle School Learn to Row

Rowing Teams

After competing Level 1 and Level II Learn to Row sessions, middle schoolers can join the Washtenaw Rowing Center’s Middle School Development Team. The Middle School Development Team operates year round with on-the-water programs in the fall, spring, and summer, and an indoor fitness program in the winter.

Many Washtenaw County High Schools including th 3 Ann Arbor Public Schools Comprehensive High Schools (Skyline, Pioneer, and Huron) offer crew as a sport. Rowing is still a growing sport and scholarship opportunities are available at all levels of college athletics.

Video About Middle School Rowing

Kit Bennett, director of Washtenaw Rowing Center, created the video below about their Middle School Learn to Row program.

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