FAQs: Middle School

  • What’s the purpose of this program?

    The goal of the Pre-Competitive Rowing Exposure Program (PREP) is to create a functional rower, versed in the terminology and technique of rowing, and to instill a love of sports and fitness at an early age. Most rowing will occur on land (on rowing machines) and in extremely stable, untippable barges. Our goal is to have the majority of middle school program participants will take an interest in our high school competitive program.

  • 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 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.

  • When is programming held?

    A PREP participant attends programming three days a week throughout the fall, winter, and spring.  During one of those days, we offer individual and small group academic tutoring and test prep services at our Academic Center, and most participants attend. Six weeks over the summer, we provide a rowing and academic camp for all PREP participants that culminates with a race in Philadelphia.

  • 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.