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Rowing 101

 

This sport is probably something you've only ever seen during the Summer Olympics. However, rowing has a predominant presence in the United States. Many universities offer rowing as one of their varsity sport options, and even more provide rowing as a club activity. There are a variety of opportunities to row competitively or recreationally in many places that have a roweable body of water.

 

Rowing is an incredible cardiovascular and strength-oriented exercise, and eliminates the dangers that come with traditional contact sports. Parents and athletes will not have to worry about lasting effects from concussions, broken bones, dislocated limbs, or missing teeth (Talkin' about you, hockey). 

 

Much like other sports, rowing is good for general health and well-being, but also from a character-building perspective. Participating in rowing can shape a person's ability to interact with others, develop better time management skills and begin to understand the importance of placing trust in their teammates, and feeling that trust in return. There are no star athletes when it comes to this sport. If boats want to win, it takes every member of that crew to get the job done. Boats that excel with explosiveness, endurance and synchronicity will find success. 

 

So what do I need to row?

  • Running shoes*
  • Bottle of water*
  • Tight fitting bottoms* (the seat in the boat moves and loose fitting bottoms will get stuck)
  • Layers depending on the weather
  • The ability to swim* (we can provide assistance to anyone who may not currently know how to swim)
  • A hat (helpful, but not necessary)

Why row at BSRA?

The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association began rowing operations in the Old First Ward in 2009. The original vision of the organization was to expand scholastic rowing throughout the Western New York region. Over the past 11 years, the BSRA has grown to become so much more than that. 

We serve:

  • kids from ages 11-18

  • young adults from ages 19-26

  • adults

We value ALL of our members, and recognize that rowing options are often pricey. The BSRA has made keeping dues for our rowers low, and providing all of our programs with equal time and attention. 

 

Notice: our rowing programs have set costs, but we have many scholarship opportunities for those who want to row.

Below is a list of all the BSRA rowing programs and their typical price model:

New to Rowing

Program Participants Timeline Price Scholarships Available
Youth Learn-to-Row Kids ages 11-16 Summer (3 sessions) $250/session - $600/all 3 sessions Full and Partial
Modified Sculling Kids ages 11-16 Summer (3 sessions) $250/session - $600/all 3 sessions Full and Partial
Adult Learn-to-Row Adults ages 21 and up Summer (2 sessions) $100/session Partial
Adult Erg Classes Adults ages 21 and up Winter $15/class Partial
Corporate Rowing Groups of 6-18 Fall, Spring, Summer $1000/group N/A

Some experience preferred (not required)

Program Participants Timeline Price Scholarships Available
BSRA Juniors Kids ages 14-18 Year-round $150-$350 depending on season Partial
BRRC Masters Adults ages 21 and up Year-round $450/year Partial
Canisius HS Canisius HS students Fall-Spring Payment through school School inquiry
Buffalo Seminary Buffalo Seminary students Fall-Spring Payment through school School inquiry
U26 Sculling Young adults ages 19-26 Summer $250 Partial
WeCanRow Female Cancer Survivors Year-round $100/year Partial
Adult Sculling Private Boat Owners Year-round Dependent on boat size and storage Partial

If you'd like to sign up for one of our programs, head over to the "Rowing Programs" tab and select your program.

    

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