2022 Winter Camps

Rio Salado Rowing Club presents 

The 2022 Arizona Winter Rowing Camps

  • Overview

  • Dates

  • Levels and requirements

  • Coaches

  • Sample Daily Schedule 

  • Registration

  • Rio Salado Rowing Club and our Venue

TO REGISTER, go to Registration, Classes


We are offering six adult rowing camps in 2022, from January to March, with levels for beginners to advanced rowers, sweep and sculling options.  There are generally two sessions per day, with detailed daily video review with each rower, to identify technical aspects of the stroke and guidance for improvement.  Daily snacks, a very cool T shirt and a camp dinner is also included for all participants.   See below for information on the RSRC 2022 Winter Camp dates, Coaches, schedule and more!

Program Director:  Coach Peter Figgins peterf@rowrio.org 




Type & Level


Kevin MacDermott 

January 28-30

Sculling, Intermediate/Advanced


Kevin McDermott 

February 4-6

Sculling, Advanced


Liz Jones

February 17-18

Sculling, Novice (note: two-day camp)


Liz Jones

February 19-21

Sculling, Intermediate


Lesleh Wright

March 18-20

Sweep or Sculling TBD, Racing


Private lessons are available from all three coaches when they are here for their camps.   

Groups interested in team boats should contact Coach Peter Figgins.

Email Program Director Peter Figgins for more information.  peterf@rowrio.org


Novice: Novice class reviewing basics for new rowers. Athletes must have completed Intro to Rowing class.

Intermediate: Athletes with at least one year of recent and frequent rowing experience, comfortable in a racing shell, and are able to launch/recover their boat independently. 

Advanced: Athletes who have rowed consistently and regularly for at least two years with competent steering and boat handling skills. Able to operate a boat independently and safely without assistance and 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 their boat independently.

Racing: In addition to the skills listed for advanced rowing category, this level is designed specifically for rowers who want to focus on the technical skills needed for competitive racing. Registrants should have fitness levels commensurate with maintaining high stroke ratings for at least 6 minutes.

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 Kevin MacDermott, Liz Jones and Lesleh Wright.  Coach Peter Figgins is our Program Director and will assist in coaching at all camps.  

Kevin MacDermott

Kevin MacDermott has been a coach at Craftsbury Rowing Center in Vermont since 2002 and he is now Associate Director of the program.  He has been Head Coach of Men’s Rowing at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, since 2009 and was named Interim Director of Rowing in August.  He was head coach for the US Junior National Team in 2010-2011.  Kevin learned to scull at The Haverford School, and went on to row at Wesleyan University as an undergraduate.  Kevin and his wife, Janel, live in West Hartford, CT, with their two children.

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 rowing camp.  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.  

Lesleh Wright

Originally from Canada, Lesleh coxed the Canadian National team for many years and competed at the 1984 Olympics.  Lesleh has coached for over 40 years, including Oxford University Women's team, and has led athletes and teams all over the country to many championships.  She also coaches juniors at Tempe Junior Crew and at the Olympic Development Camp, as well as gives private lessons “for anyone who wants to get better and understand where, what, when and how of rowing”.   Lesleh shares her feelings about rowing and rowing in Arizona, specifically: “Tempe, Arizona, is absolutely a hidden gem that I secretly want to keep on the down low.  I love rowing and teaching and preparing athletes for racing.  I  look forward to any and all opportunities that come my way when it comes to coaching. Tempe is magical and almost always perfect conditions.  Come play with us!”

Peter Figgins  Program Director and 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


7:00 am arrive      

Land demonstration and Coach talk: Aspects of the stroke cycle and technique topics.

8:00-10:00 am

Session #1 on the water in team boats with your coach in the launch.


Break and video review.   Healthy food from a local eatery is provided.  

1:00-3:00 pm

Session #2 on the water:  Work on technique issues identified from video review.  

3:30 pm

Boats away and free time.

6:00-8:00 pm

Camp Dinner at a local restaurant, which is included in the price for campers.  This is a great time to get to know your camp-mates and coaches!

Day 2 is similar to Day 1 (Camp Dinner is Day 1 only).  Day 3 is a half day, with one morning session on the water.    

Schedule is subject to change.  Weather and unforeseen circumstances may cause last minute changes to the daily schedule.  Please allow for flexibility.  Further details will be sent out to participants upon registration.   

Included in Camp:  Rio Salado Rowing Club Winter Camp original t-shirt, all necessary equipment, lunch, and a team dinner.   Accommodations not included.  Suggestions for accommodations will be sent out to participants upon registration.


TO REGISTER, go to Registration, classes  

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 or team boat, you may do so.  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.  You may also guest row with RSRC club.  Additional charges apply.  Please email Program Director Peter Figgins for more information or to schedule a session.  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

THE VENUE  Rio Salado Rowing Club on Tempe Town Lake

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, in continual shade, with plenty of fresh air.

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

TO REGISTER, go to Registration, Classes

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

Questions about anything else?   Email Beth Slikas at bethslikas@gmail.com   


COVID19 precautions will be in place, including social distancing and following hygiene and sanitation protocols. Participants and coaches will not attend if sick.  If you have questions, email Beth Slikas at bethslikas@gmail.com  

The RSRC Winter Camp Team will be monitoring the local COVID19 situation and make adjustments as needed.  Furthermore, RSRC boathouse is completely outdoors, so fresh air flow is constant.


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