Why Row Or Cox in Holland?


Accelerate Your Awareness

Our two week racing program in Holland is designed for competitive juniors seeking to improve their skills and become more aware of how they relate to and perform in the sport.

Going abroad increases your awareness - both personally and athletically. A heightened sense of awareness allows for a steeper learning curve – especially when athletes are placed in a training environment with kind, cooperative people in a safe culture. 

Dutch Rowing: A Tradition of Independent Thinking & Results

Holland has a strong tradition in the sport. Though their 15 Olympic medal appearances over the last 20 years speak for themselves, to highlight some recent successes: they won the junior world championships in the JM8+ in 2015, took bronze at the Olympics in the M8+ behind Germany and England, silver in the W4x, and gold in the WLt2x.

Athletes will learn greater indepedence in their pursuit of the sport together. Dutch juniors tend to be more independent than their counterparts in the United States – via small boat training and the freedom they are given in their schedules. They cycle to training, work, school, and back home again on their own. Rowing is a student-oriented sport, where collegiate clubs are student run and junior programs are not tied to a specific school.

The aspect of “differential learning” is key to understanding recent Dutch rowing success. Differential learning is the idea that juniors approach specialized training (i.e. elite level 8+ rowing) more successfully with a high variance in their day to day training, while maintaining awareness of activities’ relationship to their specialization. 

How to Determine If You're A Fit 

Competitive drive and above average maturity are pre-requisites for Holland. Like other international programs, Holland is designed more as a ‘program’ than a ‘rowing camp’, and may allow athletes to be competitive on an international level for the first time. Since English is a basic educational requirement in the Netherlands, there is no language barrier.

Junior athletes who would like to improve their relationship with the sport, gain insight on training methodology, and undertake international racing while learning more about how to enjoy the sport and more about themselves, are encouraged to apply. 

If you have questions, we're happy to speak further. 

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