Rowing was reintroduced in the Augusta area in 1984 when a group of community leaders began hosting a local regatta which quickly grew into a nationally recognized event. While the purpose of this event was to draw interest to the Savannah River and bring an economic impact to the city, an immediate interest began among local rowing enthusiasts who wanted to start a club themselves. Since then the club has quietly grown into a nationally recognized facility on the east coast having hosted two Olympic teams and producing several nationally ranked scholastic teams. Surprisingly, rowing has had a long history in Augusta. Beginning in 1837, when the city newspaper records nearly the entire local population lining the riverbanks to watch a three boat race, there have been at least two other rowing clubs which were the predecessors to the modern day organization. Today, the Augusta Rowing Club has grown into a multipurpose organization which supports several programs and hosts local regattas throughout the year with the joint cooperation of both the City of Augusta and Aiken County governments.
From it's humble beginnings inside a warehouse, the club now boasts one of the most impressive facilities in the Southeast with showers, bathrooms, locker rooms, and an in-house workout room with free weights and machine weights. Many local residents have found rowing to be the perfect physical activity to complement their schedules and several have found it to be a rewarding competitive experience. In addition to having open membership to the community, the club has provided an outlet for countless high school students from Richmond, Columbia, and Aiken Counties to try the sport and compete in events throughout the country. Many students have received athletic scholarships in rowing and many more have found it to be the activity on their transcripts which allows them to attend some of the most prestigious universities in the country. Augusta is an exceptional location for rowing. Year round weather and water conditions combined with nearly 15 miles of unobstructed river gives our city the distinct advantage of being one of a few select places in the country where collegiate, scholastic, and junior rowing teams travel for training during their winter and spring breaks.
If you are looking for information about rowing for youth between the ages of 13 and 18 in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), then you have found it. This is a source of information for current team members and their parents as well as families with high school age youth who are interested in the sport of rowing.
Generally anyone from the eighth grade and up can tryout. Occasionally we will accept an above average seventh grader on the team; however, they need to be characteristically more mature than other students in their peer group. At any time during the year, you may contact us ahead of time to watch a practice or talk with the coaches. If you want to see the sport up close, this is a great opportunity to ride with a coach in a motor boat. There are five opportunities to experience rowing, tryout for the team, and join a squad during each calendar year.
is designed primarily for
(age 18 and up) who are interested in rowing and would like hands on experience.
Each session is arranged into
which are neither competitive, nor overly physical. They are simply an
introduction to the sport
for people who have never rowed. You do not need to have an athletic background to participate in these classes. At the end of the class, students may join the club and begin rowing as a regular member with access to our weight room and rowing equipment.