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Middle School Learn to Row

Middle School Learn to Row - Derby Residents
A Joint Partnership with Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc and Yale University Community Rowing



Session #1: July 8-12
Session #2: July 15-19

A pilot summer camp tailored for middle schoolers from Derby, CT. While this year's focus is on Derby, we are exploring the possibility of extending our middle school learn to row to other communities in the future. 

Discover the excitement of rowing with us this summer! Our camp offers middle school students a unique opportunity to dive into the world of rowing, completely free of charge. Through our joint partnership, campers will learn the basic fundamentals of rowing, engage in calisthenics to enhance their fitness, and gain essential knowledge about equipment safety. 

Led by experienced coaches, campers will not only develop their rowing skills but also foster teamwork and discipline in a supportive environment. Don't miss out on this unforgettable summer experience - register now and embark on a journey of discovery and fun in New Haven Harbor!


  • No experience required!

  • Must live in Derby or attend a Derby middle school.

  • Open to any and all entrants of middle school age - grades 6-8.
    For high schoolers, click on the organization's name for their summer rowing camps: Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc and Yale University Community Rowing

  • When registering, parents/guardians, use YOUR contact information up until it specifically requests the camper's information.

  • After registering online, please print and sign the following waiver packet.


  • 2-3 rowing/fitness sessions per day

  • Official Canal Dock and Yale University gear (UV hat/visor and t-shirt)

  • Refueling snacks and fluids

  • Transportation via bus from a central Derby location. To secure your included transportation, please contact

GENERAL ACTIVITY SCHEDULE (weather permitting):

  • First 15 Minutes – Drop-off/group meeting/snack

  • 60 Minutes: Rowing & fitness

  • 20 Minutes: Break/water/snack

  • 90 Minutes: Rowing & fitness

  • 40 Minutes: Cool down, wash and store equipment

  • Final 15 Minutes: Break/water/snack/pick-up

For a complete schedule, click here.



Payne Whitney Gym Lobby (Day 1)
70 Tower Pkwy
New Haven, CT 06511

Canal Dock Boathouse (Days 2-5)
475 Long Wharf Dr
New Haven, CT 06511


  • We will always communicate via the emails you use for registration.

  • For questions regarding our Middle School Learn to Row, our staff can be reached via email at


  • We can row if it is raining as long as there is no lightning, debris in the harbor, or strong winds.

  • In the event that we cannot row on the harbor, practice will be held indoors at Canal Dock Boathouse. Our boathouse is equipped with Concept2 RowErgs, projector for video feedback and workouts, and yoga mats.



  • The best clothing to wear is TIGHT FITTING. Rowers usually wear t-shirts and spandex shorts (basketball shorts and giant/baggy shirts will get caught in moveable parts and can result in tears or grease stains - ruining that article of clothing). Soccer length shorts are safe. Wear what is comfortable for you. 

  • It will be important to bring running shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat for protection from the sun (bug spray may come in handy, although we have zero to little mosquitos on the coastline). There is ZERO shade when out on the water so prepare accordingly. Disposable water bottles, ice, and refueling snacks are provided at no additional cost. Campers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle - keep in mind, anything over a liter will not fit in the storage compartment in a boat. A coach is able to hold it in the safety launch if necessary. Canal Dock does not support the use of shared water bottles - let's prevent the preventable!

  • Campers will not be allowed out on the water without a water bottle. This is imperative with high temperatures days. We want to keep all of our campers well hydrated and safe.



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