2021 Winter Camps

Rio Salado Rowing Club presents the 2021 Arizona Winter Rowing Camps

★   Overview

★   Dates

★   Levels and requirements

★   Coaches

★   Sample Daily Schedule 

★   Registration

★   Rio Salado Rowing Club and our Venue       

★   COVID19 considerations


We are offering six adult rowing camps in 2021, from late January to mid March, with levels for beginners to advanced rowers.  The rowers will be sculling in singles, doubles and sweep rowing in pairs.  The coaches provide a detailed daily video review with each rower, to identify technical aspects of the stroke and guidance for improvement.  This video review takes place between the morning and afternoon sessions, at which time lunch will be provided.  A camp dinner is also included for all participants. Our camp sizes are small: Maximum 6 rowers for the Beginners Camp (3:1 ratio rowers to coaches) and maximum 10 rowers for all other Camps (5:1 ratio).  COVID19 precautions will be in place.  Program Director:  Coach Figgins can be reached at peterf@rowrio.org






Dan Boyne

January 29-31, 2021



Dan Boyne

February 5-7, 2021



Liz Jones

February 13-15, 2021           



Liz Jones

February 17-21, 2021

Beginners (note: this is a 5 day camp)


Tracy Falkenthal

March 12-14, 2021



Tracy Falkenthal

March 19-21, 2021    



Private lessons are available from all three coaches when they are here for their camps.    Info about how to register for private lessons will be posted on this website by December.  Email Program Director Peter Figgins if you are interested.  peterf@rowrio.org



People who have never been in a boat or have up to one year of sculling.  This is a beginners’ class introducing and reviewing the basics.



Rowers with at least 6 months of recent and frequent sculling experience, are comfortable in a racing shell, able to launch/recover the boat independently. Includes sweep rowers with little or no sculling experience.


Intermediate to Advanced

Rowers who have sculled consistently and regularly for at least one year with competent steering and boat handling skills. Able to operate a boat independently and safely without assistance and the constant supervision of a coach. Ability to re-enter a boat after flipping or swim it to the shore to re-enter. Able to launch/recover the boat independently.



In addition to the skills listed for intermediate rowing level, this level is designed specifically for rowers who want to focus on the technical skills and fitness levels needed for competitive racing. 


Please be certain that you register for the appropriate level camp.   Upon registration, participants will be emailed a survey to gather necessary information to ensure all rowers are in the correct level, so they will have a safe and successful camp experience.  Contact Program Director Peter Figgins if you have any questions about which level is correct for you.  peterf@rowrio.org




Our stellar Winter Camp coach line up this year includes Daniel Boyne, Liz Jones and Tracy Falkenthal.  Coach Peter Figgins is our Program Director and will assist in coaching at all six camps.   Private lessons are available from all three coaches when they are here for their camps.  Info about how to register for private lessons will be posted on this website by December.  Email Program Director Peter Figgins if you are interested.  peterf@rowrio.org


Dan Boyne

Dan Boyne is the Director of Recreational Rowing at Harvard University and has been teaching sculling for over three decades.  He rowed at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where his crew won Gold at the National Championship. He is the author of several books on rowing, including the classic manual, Essential Sculling, The Red Rose Crewand The Seven Seat (in which you can read about that Championship year). He is also a long time yoga instructorwith a deep knowledge of anatomy, which he often applies to his coaching.  danboyne.com


Liz Jones

Liz Jones has been an instructor at Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Florida Rowing Center, and Rocky Mountain Rowing Center.  Liz currently coaches and lives in Donelly, Idaho, where she hosts the Donnelly Rowing Clinic, an annual July event.  As a coach in Pittsburgh, PA, she taught all ages, and all experience levels, from youth all-star teams, collegiate, masters, and finally, a senior program for aged 70+ adults. Her experience as a competitor includes 20 US and Canadian Sculling National Championship titles in a single, double, mixed double, and quad.  Check out Liz's bio video here.


Tracy Falkenthal

Tracy Falkenthal rowed for Berkeley High, Boston University, and several masters rowing clubs.  She currently lives in Austin, TX, where she rows and coaches at Texas Rowing Center. Tracy’s rowing accomplishments include winning at Henley Masters and multiple championships at Head of The Charles, Masters National Championships, and FISA World Championships.  Additionally, Tracy won the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness Pro title in Physique & Figure in 2016.  Tracyfalkenthal.com


Peter Figgins  Program Director  Head Coach Rio Salado Rowing Club

Peter Figgins began his rowing career as a masters rower with Three Rivers Rowing Association in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to his work with Rio Salado Rowing Club, he serves as the Program Director and Head Coach with the Tempe Junior Crew.  Prior to coming to Arizona Peter worked with the Craftsbury Sculling Center, was Head Coach for the University of Vermont Men's Crew and began his coaching career with Taylor Allderdice high school in Pittsburgh.  Coach Figgins can be reached at peterf@rowrio.org 



Day prior to camp:                Out of town campers arrive.

Day 1  6:30am arrival            Land demonstration and Coach talk.

           8:00-10:00am            Session #1 on the water

          10:30-1:00pm            Lunch and video review

          1:00-3:00pm              Session #2 on the water

           3:30pm                      Boats away and free time.

          6:00-8:00pm              Camp Dinner

Day 2   9:30am arrival          Coach talk and review

           10:00-12:00am         Session #1 on the water

           12:30-2:30pm           Lunch and video review

           3:00-5:00pm             Session #2 on the water

           5:30pm                      Boats away and free time.  

Day 3  7:30am arrival          Coach talk and review

           8:30-10:30am            Session on the water:  

          11:00-11:30               Closing remarks and Q & A

Out by 12:00

Flights out should be 2:00pm and later on the last day of camp.


Day prior to camp:                Out of town campers arrive.

Day 1  7:00am arrival            Land demonstration and Coach talk

            8:30-10:30am           Session #1 on land/water

            11:00-1:30pm           Lunch and video review

            1:30-3:30pm             Session #2 on the water

            4:00pm                     Boats away and free time.

Mid-Camp days 2-4             One mid-camp day will end with a Camp Dinner    

            7:30am arrival           Coach talk and review

            8:00-10:00am           Session #1 on the water

            10:30-1:00pm           Lunch and video review

            1:30-3:30pm             Session #2 on the water

            4:00pm                      Boats put away and free time. 

Day 5   7:30am arrival           Coach talk and review

             8:30-10:30am           Session on the water

            11:00-11:30              Closing remarks and Q & A

Out by 12:00


Flights out should be 2:00pm and later on the last day of camp.


INCLUDED IN CAMP:  Rio Salado Rowing Club Winter Camp original t-shirt, necessary equipment, lunch, and a team dinner.   Accommodations not included.  Suggestions for accommodations will be sent out to participants upon registration.  Schedule is subject to change.  Exact times and further details will be sent out to participants upon camp registration.   


To register, go here.  

Note: you must create an account to register.  If you have problems with registration, please contact Kristine Malcolm at vanyler@gmail.com  

Payment must be received in full at the time of registration.  

A $50 discount will be applied to RSRC members with an annual membership.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with detailed information about your camp.

If you and others want to be coached together in a particular lineup, you may do so.  In that case, each rower needs to register individually, and then note this preference in the participant survey you will receive once registration is complete.

Please be certain that you are registering for the appropriate level camp.   See above “Camp Levels” for details. Contact Program Director Peter Figgins for more information.  peterf@rowrio.org

If you want to arrive early or stay additional days, you may schedule private or small group lessons with your coach, subject to the coach’s availability.  Info about how to register for private lessons will be posted on this website by December.  You may also guest row with RSRC club.  Additional charges apply.  Email Program Director Peter Figgins if you are interested or for more information.   peterf@rowrio.org


Camp Cancellation Policy

45+ days prior to first day of your camp:               90% refund 

30-45 days prior to first day of your camp:            75% refund  

<30 days prior to the first day of your camp:         zero refund


COVID19 Related Cancellation Policy   In effect for 2021 Winter Camps

We understand there is considerable uncertainty due to the COVID19 pandemic.  We want to assure all campers that we respect these concerns and are modifying our cancellation policy to address them.  If you need to cancel due to a COVID19 related issue please contact Winter Camp Team member email Kristine Malcolm at vanyler@gmail.com   

In this event, we will refund 90% of your registration payment (10% applied to administrative fees) or you may apply the full amount to a different camp (space permitting), or defer to a 2022 camp without an administrative fee.  

THE VENUE  Rio Salado Rowing Club 

RSRC rows on Tempe Town Lake, with 3500 meters of beautiful, flat water.   Tempe Town Lake historically was a natural river (the Salt River or Rio Salado in Spanish) which was dammed in 1999 to create Town Lake.  The weather is usually sunny, 65-75* January – March.   Attractions include Sedona, the Grand Canyon, museums, hiking, shopping and great food, and baseball’s Spring Training starts in late February!  Details about local activities will be emailed upon registration. 

Our boathouse is an outside, fenced-in enclosure, under a large overpass, so in continual shade, with plenty of fresh air.

The boathouse and venue are 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.



All COVID19 precautions will be in place as mandated by Rio Salado Rowing Club.  This includes social distancing, masks worn when on land, and sanitizing all equipment. Participants/coaches will not attend if sick.  Please see this page for details about RSRC COVID19 response. 

Boat class: If restrictions tighten, the camps will switch to singles only,  unless you are from the same household.  

The Camp Dinner will be held in an outdoor venue, with social distancing.  Depending on COVID19 restrictions, we will adjust the logistics of the Camp Dinner as needed.

For Covid19 related cancellation policy, see the Registration section above.


Questions about coaching or camp levels? Email Coach Peter at peterf@rowrio.org

Questions about anything else?  Email Kristine Malcolm at vanyler@gmail.com


We're sorry but you don't have a shopping cart to add a donation. Please log in.


We're sorry but you don't have a shopping cart to add a lesson. Please log in.