Club Crew - Coed
GFS Rowing is a recent addition to the GFS Upper School athletics program. It is funded by the school, participating families and a group of generous members of the extended GFS community. The program is growing fast and currently rows out of Vesper Boat Club on Boathouse Row. GFS is committed to making crew available to all athletes and financial aid is available.
Seasons and Fees
The season runs from approximately one week prior to the beginning of the school year through late October. Practices take place after school Tuesday-Friday, and Saturday mornings. Most practices are at Vesper Boat Club. There are approximately three competitions (regattas) during the season held on the Schuylkill River. The fee for the fall season is $900.
Training takes place from December until mid-February and consists of weights, cardio and erging. Practices take place after school Monday-Friday on campus and at the nearby GFS Athletic Fields. Winter training culminates in an indoor Erg Competition in mid-February. There is no fee for winter training.
The season runs from late February through mid-May. Varsity practices take place after school Tuesday-Friday, and on Saturday mornings. Novice rowers will practice after school Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday, and on Saturday mornings. Most practices take place at Vesper Boat Club but one erg practice a week is held on campus. Training during the second week of spring break is mandatory for all rowers (Varsity and Novice). Regatta competitions are held most Sundays in late March through mid-May. The fee for the spring season is $2,600. Some rowers will qualify and compete in national competitions in late May and June. There are additional travel costs and entry fees for rowing in national regattas.
During the fall and spring seasons, there is a weekday shuttle from school to Boathouse Row. Students are responsible for getting home from Boathouse Row during the week and to/from on Saturdays, race days and during spring break training. Carpooling is recommended.
Athletes new to rowing (Novices) must complete a learn-to-row program and show proof of swimming proficiency. Learn-to-row programs are offered by local rowing organizations and generally take two weeks to complete. They are typically offered in the summer and fall and occasionally in the late winter.
Athletes interested in joining GFS Crew should contact Aaron Preetam for details on how to fulfill these requirements.