Rowing Training Education ProgramOverview

Sparks Rowing Training Camp

Take Ownership.

This program educates students how to set solid, rowing-specific training goals and structure a personal training program to achieve them accordingly.

As a college counseling firm, we often come across student athletes who have school sets in mind and semi-accurate knowledge of the physiological skill (2K, etc) required for recruiting at those institutions, but very little idea of how to get from where they are to where they need to be -- or even if their expectations are realistic.

This program is for those who know there is no magic workout -- and would rather think things through. It’s for students who want to take fate into their own hands and work with it.

We do not advocate one school of training so much as provide awareness to various mechanisms known to work and educate students on how to utilize them.

There is no on-water component at this camp.

A Seven Week Program

Students will be entitled to receive online training consultations two weeks prior to the program and four weeks afterward. This enables students with busy summers to utilize the camp to build training programs that will fit with the rest of their schedules.

As such, time on the ground is used for exploration of personal goals with students and exploration of training methodologies. Classroom education is followed by implementing knowledge during twice daily workouts.

Given the level of individual attention personal goal review and innovation requires, this is a smaller program than our general rowing camps in CT and WA. That said, this is a more advanced program than our general camps. If one asks a college coach whether he or she would prefer an athlete who has a working knowledge of rowing-specific physiology and the agency to adapt it in their training versus one who had attended a general rowing camp -- you may be able to guess the answer.

That said, this program dovetails nicely with our general camps in they provide an opportunity to be on the water and acquire broad perspective as to the concrete options available in collegiate rowing while this program allows for the introspection and ability to structure one’s training to attain those options.


Students will perform various assessments at camp to gain an idea of their weaknesses and strong suits. The in-person portion of the program will begin with an Athlete DISC assessment. Patrick Rufo, the program head -- writes about the DISC assessment here in regards to 2K anxiety. In short the assessment should allow students the ability to better set their goals and interact with the process of achieving them.

The program will integrate movement exercises, strength training, and basic education in rowing specific aerobic and anaerobic processes in order to explore the various rowing training mechanisms. If you’d like to ask about specific systems, we urge you to e-mail us.

To be clear, the idea here is not to lead you in a school of thought in a particular type of training -- but help you create your own.

Our staff has a lot of qualifications. Patrick Rufo has enough certifications to take the space of this page. Nick Goode is one of a handful of people in the world with an academic background in rowing physiology who also possesses coaching experience on the junior and collegiate levels.

Many in the community will grimly admit the gaps in agreement on issues of physiology, sport science, and athlete development. Sparks exists largely thanks to a view that there are many different opinions on these issues and helps families on our counseling side find the best “fit” for their athletes. It is not our intention to endorse one school of thought or another at this program. Adaptation of the basic principles will carry students a long way.