Adult Summer Rowing League

The Princeton National Rowing Association is pleased to introduce this program for brand new and experienced rowers. This is designed to be a non-competitive, fun introduction to the sport of rowing. It will take place at the Caspersen Rowing Center on Mercer Lake one evening per week starting the week of June 11 and ending the week of July 30. There will be a fun league competition and BBQ on Saturday, August 4. Competition will take place between 9 and noon with the BBQ to follow. Please read below for additional program details and frequently asked questions.

Participants must be over the age of 18.

The program is FULL at this time. Please contact Hilary Gehman ( to be placed on the waitlist. 

Program Details:

  • Teams will consist of 8 to 10 people
  • If you do not have an organized team, the program manager will create teams from interested individuals
  • Each team will row in an 8 person boat (shell) and an experienced coxswain will be provided*
  • Each team will have a coach for the duration of the program
  • The program takes place on a weekday evening from 5:45 to 7:15 pm, the exact day will be determined by each team as well as coach availability
  • Cost of the program is $250 for an individual or put together a team of up to 10 people for $2000
  • The program begins the week of June 11 and runs through the week of July 30
  • There will be no session the week of July 2-6
  • There will be a *FUN* league competition the morning of Saturday, August 4 followed by a BBQ at the Caspersen Rowing Center

*Your team may provide a coxswain if the person has coxing experience

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I have never rowed before in my life, will I be at a major disadvantage?

NO – this is the perfect introduction to rowing for people who have never rowed. It’s also great for people who rowed a long time ago (maybe a semester in college way back when…) as well as people who are more experienced but just don’t have the time, energy, or commitment to row on a competitive team.

Q: Will the boat flip over?

Highly unlikely. While accidents do happen occasionally, it’s very rare for an 8 person rowing shell to flip or sink. The coaches are trained to recognize unsafe weather or water conditions and your boat will not go on the water in dangerous conditions (thunder/lightening or excessive wind).

Q: What can I do to prepare for the program?

Rowing is a mostly aerobic activity that utilizes the whole body – legs, torso/trunk, and arms. While we will not be doing highly strenuous or intense rowing (the emphasis is on fun here), you should have some very basic fitness and strength. (For example: the boats weigh approximately 200 pounds which dispersed over 8 people, equals about 25 pounds per person to carry.) PNRA is hosting an event at the Caspersen Rowing Center on June 9 for National Learn to Row Day which is a great opportunity to get a head start on the basics of rowing and get in a rowing shell before the program begins.

Q: Do I need to be a strong swimmer?

In the unlikely event that you end up out of the boat and in the water, you should know how to swim but the coach’s motor boat will immediately come to get you out of the water. You should be comfortable being in the water but you would not need to swim away from the rowing shell.

Q. What is the deadline to register and pay?

Teams will be formed on a first-come, first-served basis so the earlier you register, the more likely you will be placed on a full team. We would like to have all teams formed by May 11 and full payment no less than one week prior to the first session (week of June 4).

Q: I am on vacation for part of the summer and will miss a few sessions, can I still be on a team?

Sure! Ideally each team will have 10 people which will accommodate people missing a session here or there.

Q: If my team has 10 people and there are only 8 seats, will there always be 2 people out of the boat?

The coach will rotate everyone into the boat so each person will have the opportunity to row during each practice session.

Q: How do I pay for the program?

See above under Payment Details.

Have a question that is not answered above? Contact Events Manager Hilary Gehman at or 609-799-7100 x107