Gainesville Area Rowing

Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville Area Rowing, Inc. (GAR) is a non-profit Florida corporation created to promote rowing as a sport in the Gainesville/Alachua County area. GAR teaches physical fitness, nutrition, and psychological skills that lead rowers to heightened mental and physical self-awareness. Through the active participation of its members, GAR provides the equipment and professional coaching staff to compete on a national level. GAR includes a high school program, a middle school program, and a Masters (adult) program.

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GAR Maintenance

Do you have a project idea or have you noticed a maintenance issue at GAR?  Click HERE A small team of parents have volunteered to take on much needed maintenance around the rowing center.  That said, we need your eyes.  The link above allows anyone (coaches, parents, rowers, masters) to submit a maintenance ticket for…

Our Programs

High School

Gainesville Area Rowing’s High School Rowing program teaches physical fitness, nutrition, and psychological skills that lead rowers to heightened mental and physical self-awareness. GAR Alumni have gone on to compete at many universities including Boston College, Boston University, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Northeastern University,…

Middle School

Gainesville Area Rowing offers a Middle School rowing program. The middle school sculling program is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, get fit and make new friends! Interested? Contact Coach Bob Van Twyver at The middle school sculling program is open to any middle school student. We teach them how to do sculling…


No prior experience is necessary. We offer Learn-to-Row programs to help get you started with this new sport. For experienced rowers, even those who have been away from the sport for a time, the coaches will work with you to help you quickly re-establish your stroke during our scheduled rows. If you have questions or would like more information, please…


Students from any area high school or middle school are welcome to join our team at any time. HS & MS students may participate in a 2-week free trial membership to see if rowing is a good fit for them.

For adults who have not yet experienced the fun, challenge and benefits of rowing, GAR Masters offers Learn-To-Row classes.

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Upcoming Events

  • 10/7/23, : Head of the Henderson Regatta MS & HS
  • 10/14/23, : First Coast Regatta HS & Masters only
  • 11/4/23, : Head of the Hooch HS & Master's
  • 12/2/23, : Gator Head Regatta!

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