Adult Summer Rowing League

The 2022 Adult Summer Rowing League is a fun atmosphere for learning more about the sport of rowing. You can create your own “team” of 8-10 people or join as an individual and you will be placed on a team. There is no prior rowing experience required and each team will be have an experienced “coxswain” and coach. All sessions will take place at the Caspersen Rowing Center on Lake Mercer in West Windsor. Sessions will be once or twice a week (you designate your preference when you sign up) and all sessions will be in the evening from 5:45 to 7:15 pm. This is a great opportunity for a company sponsored team experience, or to meet new people while learning something new.

Participants must be over the age of 18.

Please fill out THIS INTEREST FORM to pre-register (no commitment or payment required to fill this out)

General Program Details:

  • Program will be run over a 7 week period, starting the week of June 13 and ending in the week of August 1 (no sessions the week of July 4-8)
  • There will be an experienced coxswain provided for each team/boat*
  • Each team will have a coach for the duration of the program
  • The program will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Each team may choose 1 or 2 evenings per week to row
  • Cost of the program:
    • Individual (once per week): $250
    • Individual (twice per week): $425
    • Team (minimum 8 people, once per week, ideal for company sponsorship): $2000

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.)

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 in the event you end up in the water, you should stay with the boat NOT swim to shore.

Q. What is the deadline to register and pay?

Please email Hilary (hgehman@rowpnra.org) if you are interested or have any questions. Deadline to pay is June 1.

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

Sure! At the beginning of the program, we create a list people who are willing to sub on different days and then if you know you are going to miss a session, you can arrange for someone to take your place off the sub list.

Q: How do I register and pay for the program?

To pay online, click the link below:

(check back later for payment links)

Or send a check made out to PNRA to:

Hilary Gehman
PNRA
1 South Post Rd
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Have a question that is not answered above? Contact Events Manager Hilary Gehman at hgehman@rowpnra.org or 609-527-9108.