Rowing FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions about WAHS Crew

What is rowing like?

While Crew appears to be an easy sport to master, it truly is one of the more difficult sports in which to become proficient. It requires laser-like focus, physical endurance, strength demands, sheer dedication, and an unfailing commitment and willingness to master the art of rowing.

Practices concentrate on intense aerobic and anaerobic workouts including the use of weights, circuit work, ergs, and stretching. In addition, there is technique development in the boat and training in mental mettle.

How many students can be on the team?

The goal of the WAHS Rowing Team is to allow all students with an interest in rowing to participate. As the program grows and the WAHS Rowing Team funds allow, boats and launches will be added to the fleet to accommodate our growing team. We have capacity for approximately 36 rowers.

How do I join?

Contact Coach Craig Redinger at

Try-outs are held at the Beaver Creek Boathouse in August for the Fall season and in February for the Spring season. Wear a tight fitting shirt and spandex shorts. Bring gloves, sunglasses and lots of water. *You must have a physical on file in the WAHS Athletic Office to participate.* Coaches will take a look at the erg times of returning and incoming rowers and decide on the best team combinations. You will be notified personally regarding the coaches’ decision.

Does it cost anything to join?

Yes, non-refundable registration fees are required each fall and spring season. The fees cover the basic operation of the team. In addition to registration dues, the club grows by the generous willingness and families’ passion for the sport. Rowers are expected to help out with fundraising activities, regatta tasks, and to donate sweat equity on various team jobs like ground clearing or equipment maintenance. WAHS Rowing receives no financial sponsorship from the school, VHSL, or Albemarle County. All of our equipment and the new building and dock are donor derived. Volunteers do coaching and equipment maintenance. The team relies on donations, parental support, fees, and funds raised by the WAHS rowers. To properly support the functions of the team, including obtaining and maintaining equipment, the team must charge a registration fee. Our goal is to minimize this fee as much as possible by concentrating on fundraising efforts. For the current season, the non-refundable registration fee is $750. This fee includes your membership fees for the registration, USRowing, VASRA, and EVSRA.

How do I register?

An email will be sent to accepted rowers and parents for a MANDATORY TEAM MEETING just after the tryouts regarding the new season. 
All rowers and a parent must be present at the meeting to fill out all registration and forms for the season.

What is the winter crew season?

In the winter, all rowers (unless participating in a winter sport) are expected to participate in strength and conditioning practices. These practices include workouts on an ergometer “erg”. Erg scores are an important factor and consideration in seat placement on the team. There are winter erg regattas. Minimum scores are required to be considered for a seat in a boat. Height and weight also come into play as factors. Changes may be announced via mass email notification and/or school announcements.

Do you need volunteers?

This club exists by the grace and hard work of wonderful volunteers. No one receives any compensation. To be involved, simply tell us you want to help. We will gladly match your skill and talents with our many needs and wants. Opportunities to serve are available.

Are there “cuts”, and if so, when do they happen?

The size of the team is limited; therefore, tryouts, coaches’ experience with individual athletes over prior seasons, race strategy, capacity to coach, attitude, dedication to the program, ability to contribute to the team, etc. determine who is selected for membership on the team.   For safety reasons, it is essential that all students participating in the program be able to swim, and be physically/academically/emotionally qualified. A student is not allowed to participate if he/she cannot meet these eligibility requirements. \

The commitment to the program means attending all practices and regattas. Regattas are full day events (4 – 5 times each season) usually on Saturdays (sometimes on Sundays as well) that require travel and sometimes a Friday overnight stay.

Does the whole team participate in every Regatta?

Our goal is that the entire team will participate in every regatta as long as the athletes are qualified and attend practice regularly. However, there are times when not everyone will get the chance to row at a Regatta. During the course of a regatta, race officials may determine that weather conditions have deteriorated to the point where participation of less experienced boats (typically manned by novice rowers) is not worth the exposure to risk …the safety of our rowers is paramount and not a subject of compromise. Also, we have a set number of seats in the boats to fill and the coaches will determine who has progressed enough in their proficiency to earn a seat. Additionally, if a rower has missed practice due to illness or other reason, the coaches may decide to sit the rower out or place the rower in another boat if that will improve the teams’ chances. Championship regattas, which occur in the latter part of the season, require qualification and/or may not provide events for every category of rower, so these also may limit 100% participation.