The Junior Development program is designed to provide a space for youth rowers to develop their physical, mental, technical, tactical and life skills as they work towards their rowing goals. This program follows the “Train to Train” pathway of athlete development, and activities include skills and drills, race simulation, ergometer/dryland training, and racing in club regattas. The program is taught in a fun and supportive environment with a goal of continuing to develop a solid foundation of skills. Participants are introduced to basic measures of fitness and strength on the rowing machine and encouraged to work as a crew toward collective goals on the water. When they reach the age of 15 and after one season of Junior Development, athletes may choose to transition to the Junior Competitive program pending evaluation by the coaching team.

Age: 12-18 years  

Participants under 17 who have not rowed with SJRC before must complete a swim test in order to participate. Swim test form is available here.

Practices: 3-4 sessions per week +/- 1 strength and conditioning (variable depending on time of the year)

Previous experience required: Athletes must have completed one season of Learn to Row or have other significant rowing experience (e.g., at another club or school, fixed-seat rowing, etc.). Athletes who do not meet the requirements may still be eligible pending an assessment, conducted by coaching staff, on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate program placement.

Registration is now open for the Spring 2024 season!

Strength and conditioning training at APS

Athletes in the Junior Development program participate in weekly strength and conditioning training at the APS facility in Paradise. Pricing information for 2024 on-water season coming soon.

Program fee
  • (April 1 to October 13, 2024)
  • *Payment plans available upon request
RCA/RNL membership fee (annual)
  • (April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025)