FAQs: High School

  • What is the goal of the high school program?

    The goal of our high school ERA program is to fulfill our mission of empowering young people to pursue excellence in all facets of their lives. All participants develop general rowing skills and work towards racing at a high level locally and regionally; an experience that provides a solid base for collegiate rowing. As a consequence, participants hone a number of attributes: focus, discipline, teamwork, toughness, physical, mental and emotional fitness, etc. These attributes work hand in hand with our comprehensive academic support component to help all Row New Yorkers be engaged and motivated learners. Participants also tend to find that in such an intensive program, the support level of the staff and their teammates becomes an integral part of the experience – and that Row New York is helping them to become their best selves.

  • What about swimming?

    If you don’t know how to swim, you will have the opportunity to enroll in free swim lessons. Until you pass the test, you will be required to wear a life jacket on the water, and you will train in an extremely stable boat or barge.

  • What should I wear?

    You should wear shorts/sweats, a t-shirt, and athletic shoes. When we get on the water in early spring, wear warm clothes (sweats, jacket, hat). Beware of baggy bottoms when we get on the water…they get caught in the sliding seat.

  • What time are the practices held?

    ERA practices are run after school, Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 6:30pm, and Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 12:00pm. One day each week, we offer individual and small group academic tutoring and test prep services, and most participants attend.

  • Is there a fee for the program?

    Row New York is committed to access and affordability in the sport of rowing. Most of our junior rowers row for free. For students whose guardians make above a certain income bracket, there is a fee, which covers a portion of the substantial cost of providing our services. The fee is not fixed, and fluctuates based on the season.

  • What about transportation?

    Queens Boathouse:

    Participants are welcome to arrive on their own, but we offer shuttle pick-ups from the 7 train stop at Willets Point/Citi Field. Other shuttle stops may be created for your convenience. Participants are dropped off at these locations after practice.

    Manhattan Boathouse:

    Participants are encouraged to take the 1 or A train to Dykman Street and enjoy the short walk through the Swindler’s Cove Park.  Details on the walk will be provided, or can be found here.

  • Will the program interfere with my schoolwork?

    Individuals tend to find that because their discipline and time management skills improve, their grades actually go up. Our academic services are geared to maximize your performance in the classroom and help you get into college. For many, rowing may be just the edge they need to gain admission to the college of their choice.

  • Do I have to come to every practice?

    Make every effort to come to every practice to get the most out of the program. Spring is our most competitive season. Serious athletes will gain first access to our traveling racing boats.

  • What about racing?

    We race both locally (Long Island), upstate, and across the northeast. The Row New York team competes in 10 to 15 regattas per year. We rarely miss school for competitions; the races are always on Saturday or Sunday.

  • Will this program help me with college?

    Yes. We offer top of the line academic services, including college guidance. As a sport, rowing offers a tremendous opportunity to add depth to your college application and to garner recruitment and athletic scholarships.

  • How can I join?

    We hold tryouts during the Fall for the new year. Tryout information is posted on our website, but you can send inquiries to info@rownewyork.org to find out more.

  • What if I am late, can’t make it, or have any problems?

    Please contact our program staff:

    Manhattan Middle School Coach: Denise 718-433-3075 (denise@rownewyork.org)

  • Why would you do this again?

    Get fit. Hang out with friends. Travel. Visit colleges. Get great academic support and SAT prep. Compete at a high level. Gain opportunities to vie for college recruitment and scholarships through rowing…and HAVE FUN!

  • Where is your programming held?

    All outdoor rowing takes place at one of our community boathouses.  Over the winter, athletes work between our academic spaces in Upper Manhattan, our Office in Long Island City, and local YMCAs.

    • Our Queens Boathouse is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
    • Our Manhattan boathouse is located in Upper Manhattan.  
    • Our office and mailing address is: 10-27 46th Avenue, Suite 101, Long Island City, NY 11101.

    Directions to all Row New York program locations can be found here.

  • I have no rowing experience. Is that okay?

    The novice program is specifically designed for participants with no experience.

  • I like the idea of getting academic support. What does this piece of the program involve?

    Our academic programs provide small-group tutoring, homework help, SHSAT & SAT prep, and college & scholarship application assistance. We also provide workshops on things ranging from body image to financial literacy to time management.  Finally, we visit up to 10 college campuses each year so our students can decide what setting would be the right fit for them when they go off to college!