Every winter and early spring (January–March), Rio offers rowing camps open to our own rowers and visitors from all over the country. Head Coach Peter Figgins recruits top-notch coaches for leveled clinics that provide personalized instruction to help you improve your technical skills. Clinics typically run two to three days and include on-the-water and land instruction, video reviews, a daily brunch or lunch break, a camp dinner and a cool tee-shirt to prove you’ve rowed in the desert.
This is a novice sculling camp that reviews basics for new rowers. Athletes must have completed Rio’s Intro to Rowing class or a similar program within the past six months.
This is an intermediate sculling camp for athletes with at least one year of recent and frequent on-the-water rowing experience who are comfortable in a racing shell and able to launch and recover their boat independently. This camp is designed for rowers who want to move to the next level or brush up on their current technique. Though not a requirement, campers in this clinic ideally should be able to comfortably row about a 6-minute 1K on the water.
This is an advanced sculling camp that may include sweeping if scheduling allows.
This camp is designed for rowers who already have advanced skills and want to focus on refining the techniques needed for advanced or competitive rowing. Campers in this clinic should have rowed consistently for at least two years, have competent steering (including toe-steer) and boat handling skills and be able to row safely without constant supervision. They must also be able to launch and recover their boat independently and, if they flip, either re-enter the boat or swim it to shore. Registrants should also have the fitness to maintain high stroke ratings for at least six minutes. Though not a requirement, campers in this clinic ideally should be able to comfortably row about a 5-minute 1K on the water.