Juniors / Cadet (Middle School)
Learn-to-Row / Novice Levels 1 & 2

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GMS Rowing Center is open to any athlete who wants to join.

Background: GMS Rowing Center has an active and highly successful Cadet (Middle School) and Junior (High School) rowing program. In recent years we have had rowers representing the USA at the World Junior Rowing Championships. We had a number of boats medaling at the Youth National Championships. A number of our students were awarded scholarships to college.

Structure: The program is organized into on-water programs covering spring, summer and fall. The spring and fall programs last approximately 10 weeks and to provide flexibility during the summer programs are arranged on a monthly basis. Winter Training (on-land) runs from mid-November through to early March providing a core base of strength and technique for rowers in the spring. It is a tremendous foundation for any aspiring student.

Content: The focus will be on teaching new rowers the basics of the rowing stroke, proper care and use of the equipment, and preparation for competition.

Competition: Rowers will not travel to regattas at this stage. Once they have gone through the training process and have developed into a strong rower they will be entered in novice events.

Recruitment Area: Students come from a wide number of local schools the greatest number from New Milford, Brookfield, Bridgewater and Newtown. Students from outside this area include a number from Redding, Ridgefield and Westport.

Daily Schedule For New Rowers: 3:30 - 5:30 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Returning/Intermediate rowers- will be 4 days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or 5 days a week.

Cost: 3-day a week program is $675. 4-day a week program is $725, 5 day a week program is $895.00

See also Summer Camps below.


  • Spring Program: Monday March 24th and end on Tuesday, June 10th. (No rowing will take place from April 14-April 22, we will be attending spring camp)
  • Summer Program: Wednesday, June 11th to Friday August 15th. (Weekly Continuation Classes will be arranged from August 18th to August 29th).
  • Fall Program: Tuesday September 8th to Friday November 14th.
  • Winter Program: Monday November 17th 2014 to Friday March 20th 2015.


Come join us for our spring training program beginning on March 24th from 3:30-5:30. We look forward to a great spring season of racing.

Registration: Please complete the Registration package.