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Middle School Programs

Middle School Programs

Learn to Row

Our middle school program focuses on the essentials of rowing in the stable training barge and then both sculling (rowing with two oars each) and sweep rowing (rowing with one oar each). The athletes row in the training barge, coxed quads, eight-person boats, and they learn valuable skills such as teamwork, fitness conditioning, and safety on the water. The middle school program is coached by high-level coaches who make learning to row easy and fun. The middle school program is for athletes in 6th - 8th grade. No experience is necessary.


The Middle School program is split into three different levels of Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced: 

  • Beginning Rowing – This is program is for those who are new to rowing. We teach basic technique, boat handling, and fitness in a fun and no pressure environment.
  • Intermediate Rowing – This is a program for those who have mastered the Beginning Rowing class and are looking for a more challenging environment. We stress technical improvements and bring in harder workouts.
  • Advanced Rowing – This program is a school year development program for grade 8. See more information below


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2017/2018 Beginning and Intermediate Rowing Schedule

Tidewater: Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday 4:15pm to 6:15pm 

  • Session #1 (September 11th - October 12th)
  • Session #2 (October 16th - November 16th)
  • Session #3 (February 5th - March 8th)
  • Session #4 (March 12th - April 12th)
  • Session #5 (April 16th - May 17th)

San Pablo Reservoir: Monday & Wednesday Or Tuesday & Thursday 4pm to 6:00pm

  • Session #1 (September 11th - October 12th)
  • Session #2 No session at San Pablo due to park hours
  • Session #3 No session at San Pablo due to park hours
  • Session #4 (March 12th - April 12th)

End of Session Middle School Scrimmage

On the last Saturday of each session we will hold a scrimmage for all middle school rowers from Tidewater and San Pablo. This scrimmage will be for fun and open to all middle school participants. It is not mandatory. All scrimmages are held at the Tidewater Boathouse.

  • Session #1 Scrimmage: October 14th, 11am - 1pm
  • Session #2 Scrimmage: November 18th, 11am - 1pm
  • Session #3 Scrimmage: March 10th, 11am - 1pm
  • Session #4 Scrimmage: April 14th, 11am - 1pm
  • Session #5 Scrimmage: May 19th, 11am - 1pm

Advanced Rowing Program

The Advanced Middle School Program is a school year development program for grade 8 held at the Tidewater Boathouse. This program builds on our Intermediate Rowing sessions. Continued technical skills development and conditioning is stressed as athletes learn what it will be like to be part of the Oakland Strokes Competitive Rowing Team.

The athletes in the Advanced Middle School Program must attend at least one regular Middle School camp and obtain their coach’s permission to enroll in the program. The program focuses on improved rowing technique and fitness, with the rowers being eligible to race in specific Middle School events during the year.


Spring Start Date: Monday January 8
New practice time: 4:15pm-6:30pm, Monday-Thursday


The Advanced Rowing program is invited to attend the end of session scrimmages noted above


Hannah Freeman, Middle School Coordinator

Phone: 510.926.4100


More Information

Find out more information about our middle school program here.