Summer Camps – Youth

“Intro to Rowing” Youth Camps

Half-day rowing programs offered for 8th-12th graders. No experience necessary. Maximum nine (9) kids per session; consider reserving a place soon! Confirm today at:

Snack and hat or t-shirt included, day sessions only, no overnight accommodations. Other activities may include: kayaking, paddle-boarding, and dragon boating

intro to rowing '17

Six 1-week sessions available, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.


  • June 8-12
  • June 22-26
  • July 6-10



  • July 20-24
  • August 3-7
  • August 17-21


Canal Dock Intro to Rowing programs are for 8th-12th graders. No prior sculling or rowing experience is necessary! Kids will learn to scull in single shells, watch rowing videos, learn plyometric & stretching exercises, row on Concept2 ergometers, and have fun exploring the New Haven Harbor and Quinnipiac & Mill Rivers in New Haven. By the end of one week beginners will become “rowers” and will have learned the basics of sculling, including: how to carry a single shell, how to launch and land from a fixed dock, turning and maneuvering techniques, and how to clean and properly care for the shells and oars.

Canal Dock Boathouse: 475 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT, 06511

CDB & dock

Program Fees: 

  • $300 per session, half-day programs, 8am to 12pm ($100 non-refundable deposit required)
  • Limited scholarships are available to New Haven public school students; write to to apply

What’s included?

  • 2-3 rowing/fitness sessions per day
  • Canal Dock hat or t-shirt
  • Snack

General Activity schedule (subject to change based on weather and safety considerations):

  • 8:00 AM: Drop-off
  • 8:00 – 8:15: Group Meeting
  • 8:15 – 9:45: Rowing & fitness
  • 9:45 – 10:15: Break/Water/Snack
  • 10:15 – 11:30: Rowing & fitness
  • 11:30 – 11:45: Wash and store equipment
  • 12:00 PM: Pick-up

Additional details:

  • Click here to view the Canal Dock Summer Program Flyer
  • Email: to reserve a place
  • Please mail the $100, non-refundable deposit to: 
    • Canal Dock, PO Box 8442, New Haven, CT, 06530

Required forms are linked below. Please submit forms electronically as PDF’s to or by mail to:

  • Canal Dock, PO Box 8442, New Haven, CT 06530

Summer Camp Registration • Safety Manual
Swim Test Certification • Waiver of Liability • Media Release

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