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Rowing is a challenging sport both physically and mentally. By competing, our athletes build discipline, resilience and teamwork which help them excel in all areas of their lives.
Our programs, open to both high school and middle school students, are designed to take rowers from their first strokes to the highest levels of competition. No experience is necessary to join.
Whether new to rowing or an experienced rower meet our coaching team dedicated to helping you achieve your rowing potential.
Our team measures itself against the best. We prepare our rowers to row at the top level.
We believe that when rowers engage deeply with the sport they learn lessons about teamwork, collaboration, preparation and leadership that benefit them for life.
Our program empowers rowers to be the best versions of themselves on and off the water.
DC National Rowing Club is a nationally competitive rowing club for high school students throughout the DC metro area. We have full racing seasons in the fall, spring and summer with winter conditioning in our renovated exercise facility. We conduct our water training on the upper Potomac and row out of Calleva. Our coaches have coached teams at the high school and collegiate levels with teams that have successfully competed nationally and internationally. We have found the most successful athletes in this sport and on our team have these traits in common:
Consistent attendance across our team is critical to our success. Training consistency is important for building skill, momentum, and relationships within the boat. As Phil Jackson says "The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team". In order to build this dynamic and as in any other high level high school sport we expect rowers and their parents to plan rowers’ other activities around their rowing schedule.
Rowing is a team sport which requires everyone to work together and to push hard to make the boat go faster. Positive thinking and cooperation will help your success in this sport.
Rowing is a total body workout that strengthens your physical and mental stamina while emphasizing the importance of teamwork. Often times lifelong friendships are developed through these experiences.
The typical rower is tall and athletic in stature, however, there are no absolutes and athletes who do not fit this typical description can also find success in this sport. In addition, we also recruit coxswains, who are members of the crew and steer the boat and guide the rowers during races. Coxswains are typically smaller in stature and are generally lighter since they are not providing power for the boat.
Most athletes who join our team have never rowed before. The first season is spent learning technique and building fitness. We offer a training program and racing opportunities for those new to the sport to learn together. For building cumulative fitness there is an advantage to start rowing early, however, we have had successful athletes begin rowing in their Junior and Senior years and go on to row at collegiate levels. We also welcome experienced rowers and coxswains.
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