Learn To Row Camp

GAR invites all 6th-12th graders to come out and learn to row this summer! No experience is necessary. Coaches will teach you everything you need to know on and off the water and conclude the week with some racing. This is a great way to get a jump start on the fall racing season or just try something new!There are five sessions offered this year and all run from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. You can do one, two, three, or all five sessions! Each session is $135. This is open to all rising 6th grade through 12th grade students.

Week 1: June 15 – 19
Week 2: June 22 – 26
Week 3: July 13 – 17
Week 4: July 20 – 24
Week 5: July 27 – 31

Camp is located at the GAR Rowing Center – 151 SE 74th Street, Gainesville

For more information contact Coach Hugo or President Chris.

To register………

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, University of Central Florida, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rhode Island, University of Virginia, University of Texas, The United States Naval Academy, Rollins College, Rutgers University, Williams College and Yale University.

Rowers practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday afternoons, and Saturday mornings. Afternoon practice times are 3:30-6:00 pm. Saturday morning practices are from 7:30-10:30 am.

For those who want to try rowing but don’t want to commit to five days of training per week, you can join and row on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday beginning August 27th and continuing through October 29th. Rowers will get to compete in the Gator Head Regatta in October before deciding if they’d like to join the five-day per week program.

All of our rowing practices are held at the GAR boathouse on Newnans Lake unless otherwise noted on the Youth Calendar. For directions to the GAR boathouse, click on the directions link at the bottom of any page.

Interested? You are invited to start at any point during the season. No experience is necessary.

Dues and Costs

Dues – Every new rower gets two free weeks to try it! After that point the dues are $150.00 per month.

Club Dues Include:

  • Coaches fees
  • Equipment
  • Food at regattas
  • Boat transport to regattas
  • Race entry fees
    • We have 1 fall regatta (Head of the Hooch) and 2 spring regattas (States & Regionals) that does cost extra as they include a hotel stay.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact President Chris Furlow

Fall Season practice for returning rowers begins the second Monday in August. Practice for all new rowers begins the fourth Monday in August. Rowers starting after the beginning of the season may start at any time.

Please go to the Members tab, select Forms, then find the appropriate forms to download and print. Sign your forms and bring them to practice.

Please also complete the “GAR Registration” which will get you registered in our accounting system and emergency contact database.

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 Kristi Finnell

The middle school sculling program is open to any middle school student. We teach them how to do sculling with two oars and sweep rowing with one oar. Our focus is to teach children how to row and be a member of a team and have fun getting in good shape. We do not require the rowers to compete although we offer several opportunities to race each season. Our seasons follow the school year and new rowers can begin at any time. We practice three times per week for two hours each. Practices are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:15-6:15 pm. The location of these practices will be at the GAR boathouse at Newnans Lake. For directions to the boathouse look at the bottom of any page on this website. Rowers are encouraged to wear shorts that aren’t too baggy, t-shirts, socks, running shoes, and bring a water bottle. On days with cool weather we also recommend dressing in layers that aren’t too baggy. We practice indoors at our facility when it is raining, very windy, or too cold to safely row on the water. We are always accepting new rowers and look forward to watching our team grow and row faster! Our program functions to provide a positive experience in rowing and preparation for our competitive high school program.

You are invited to start at any point during the season.  No experience is necessary. 

Dues and Costs

Dues – Every new rower gets two free weeks to try it!  Our Middle School Dues, after that point, are $85.00 per month

Club Dues Include:

  • Coaches fees
  • Equipment
  • Food at regattas
  • Boat transport to regattas
  • Race entry fees.

Looking forward to meeting all of our new rowers and welcoming back our returning rowers!

Our first day of practice for the 2019-2020 season will be on Wednesday, September 4th from 4:15-6:15 PM!

Please go to the Members tab, select Forms, then find the appropriate forms to download and print.  Sign your forms and bring them to practice.

Please also complete the “GAR Registration” which will get you registered in our accounting system and emergency contact database.

Masters

Rowing is a lifelong sport. GAR offers an Adult Rowing Program called GAR Masters. Masters are adults 22+ who row competitively and recreationally. Adults between 18-22 years of age are considered college rowers but are welcome to row with the GAR Masters team. Many people new to this sport do not realize that the word “master” refers only to the age of rower and is not an indication of ones rowing ability.

Our GAR Masters program provides both recreational and competitive rowing opportunity for adults in the Gainesville area. We are a growing group with a broad mix of ages and abilities. We enjoy several organized rows each week, year around. Members have the benefit of a talented and dedicated staff of coaches.

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 contact the Masters’ Liaison, MaryEl Duncan

Dues and Costs

Regular Membership

(Ages 22 and up)

  • Dues – $145 per calendar quarter (pro-rated to monthly for new members joining mid-quarter). For additional immediate family members, Family Plan dues are $65 per quarter.
    • Club Dues Include:
      • Participate in club rows
      • Continued training
      • Use of club boats, equipment and facilities
      • Boat storage
  • Coaching Fees – In order to keep our dues as low as possible and accommodate our members who are not able to row frequently, our coaching fees are handled separately.
    • There is a per session fee of $10 or you can pre-pay $70 for an unlimited number of sessions during a calendar month.

Associate Membership

(For rowers 18-21 years of age and no longer eligible for high school teams)

  • Dues – $240 per calendar year ($100 if joining during fall season)
  • For GAR Alumni – $50 per calendar year.
    • Associate Member dues include:
      • Use of club boats, equipment and facilities during regular scheduled sessions
      • PLEASE NOTE: While Associate Members are welcome to be part of the GAR Masters race team, race entry fees ARE NOT covered by the Associate Membership.
  • Coaching Fees – There is a per session fee of $10 or you can pre-pay $70 for an unlimited number of sessions during a calendar month.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact MaryEl Duncan, the Masters’ Liaison

Learn

Youth

All students from any Gainesville area high school or middle school, with or without experience, are welcome to join our team at any time. High school or middle school students who are interested in trying rowing may participate in a two-week free trial membership to see if rowing is a good fit for them.

Youth who are interested in learning to row should use the form on our Contacts page to contact either the Kristi Finnell, Middle School Coach, or Hugo Moon, Head Coach, depending on the age of the student.

Adults

For those who have not yet experienced the fun, challenge and benefits of rowing, GAR Masters will help you begin by offering three Learn-To-Row classes each year, featuring lots of time on the water. The Learn To Row classes are held three to four times each year.

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.

Hugo Moon, Head Coach (coachhugomoon@gmail.com)

Originally from England, Hugo developed as a cox and competed with Bedford School’s 1V8 in his junior and senior years. As well as spending time with junior international crews, he also coxed Star Club to the Thames Cup final at Henley Royal Regatta and won the Jackson Trophy with the club the following year. Whilst attending Birmingham University, he continued to cox in his freshman year, competing with the club’s 1V8 and 1V4 at the British University Championships. Hugo spent his early coaching years at Canford School coaching junior boys and at Warwick University where he led the women’s team to a club record 43rd at WeHORR.

Hugo moves to Gainesville having spent the last two years at Washington State University. Alongside completing a master’s degree in Sport Management, Hugo coached the WSU Club Women’s squad, taking a win at Head of the Lake and winning medals at ACRA National Championships in both 2018 and 2019.

Donovan Fosmoe, High School Novice Coach

Donovan’s involvement with GAR began when he was in second grade and his older sister joined the team. Over the next 4 years he traveled around the Southeast watching his sister excel in the sport and this success, which included two trips to nationals, drove Donovan to the decision to pick rowing over other sports. Donovan began his rowing career at GAR the summer after fifth grade and rowed through his senior year, being elected captain his senior year. He began coaching for GAR the summer after graduating from St. Francis Catholic High school here in Gainesville. Donovan looks forward to using his 15 years of experience in and around rowing to help GAR achieve great things. He enjoys having the opportunity to help people and fellow rowers fall in love with rowing like he did all those years ago.

Dylan Bosarge, High School Assistant Coach

Dylan first tried rowing in his sophomore year. After falling in love with the sport he continued to row for three years. Dylan has always loved sports but rowing quickly became his favorite. He always enjoyed showing people rowing and wanted to keep teaching people after he had graduated. Dylan is currently attending Santa Fe College and plans on transferring to UF to pursue an architecture degree.

Dylan enjoys seeing people find a love for rowing and is excited to help those people succeed as much as possible.

Youth Registration

GAR Jacket

jacket photo cropped GAR Jackets are a special order item.The next order will be placed after The Hooch (October 30 – November 1)
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