Jacksonville University Rowing Camp


Camp Details

The Dolphin Camp is designed for both the experienced and novice high school rower (ages 13-18) looking to significantly improve their rowing ability. Instruction and coaching will be geared to the experience level and talents of each camper. The camp includes two - three daily practices on the water as well as active seminars on erg training, race preparation and body circuits. Rowers and coxswains alike are video-taped, to review and evaluate their personal form and technique. The staff will also lead discussions on the college admissions process, nutrition, training and life as a student-athlete. We will also utilize facilities on JU’s campus like the pool and outdoor volleyball courts for team building activities. Camp is geared toward beginner, intermediate, and advanced rowers and coxswains.

Campers will stay in the dorms on the Jacksonville University campus and will train out of the Negaard Rowing Boathouse, home of the Jacksonville University Rowing program. Our campers will get to experience life as a college student on the JU campus as well as row on the beautiful St. John’s River.

Camp Highlights:

  • On-the-water training 3-4 hours per day

  • Coordinated ergometer technique/training

  • Concentrated video analysis of your stroke

  • Seminars on nutrition, injury prevention, training to be a competitive athlete, and being recruited by college coaches

  • Evening leisure activities

  • Fun times in the JU swimming pool

  • One activity off campus – example – beach trip, zoo or local museums

  • Row on the beautiful St. John’s River!

  • Race Day Friday – Come down to watch your child race as you watch them from the banks of the St. John’s River. Our goal is to get one parent from each family in a motor boat to watch racing. (depending on our numbers)

  • Dolphin Camp T-shirt and Water Bottle

  • Exploring the JU Campus!

  • Working with top collegiate coaches from around the country!


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