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2015 Youth Spring Rowing

Important Dates

Information Session at Paul Pratt Library, Cohasset: Monday, March 9th at 7 PM

Indoor Training Start: Monday, March 23rd

On-Water Rowing Start: Monday, April 27

CMI is gearing up for the youth spring rowing season, and the March 23rd start date cannot come quickly enough! An information session will be held at Cohasset’s Paul Pratt Library on Monday, March 9th for all interested rowers (regardless of experience level) and their parents. Coaches and experienced rowers will be in attendance to answer any questions and spread the excitement!

The season starts with on-shore training Monday & Thursday afternoons from March 23rd – April 23rd. On-water rowing runs April 27th – June 11th. Spring rowing is open to students currently in eighth grade or in high school (students entering seventh grade in September may enter in the Summer rowing season beginning in late June). CMI welcomes rowers from any local school; current CMI rowers come from Cohasset Middle/High School, Notre Dame Academy, South Shore Vo-Tech, Marshfield and Scituate High Schools.  Numbers are limited, so rowers are encouraged to sign up early. The fee for the 12-week spring season is $325.

CMI has been teaching youth (and adults) how to row for almost 20 years. Neither personal equipment nor prior rowing experience is required to learn to row. We do ask for enthusiasm and determination to master this ocean sport. Rowing is a complete body work-out as well as a mental challenge. It is the ultimate team sport requiring good form to keep in unison. Boys and girls together as a crew will compete in races that test athleticism, uniformity, and knowledge of different ocean conditions. Unlike college crew, ocean rowing gives students an understanding of tides and winds and is rooted in oceanic knowledge. 

CMI crews row in a four-oared boat called a Mainville ’26, named after the builder Chuck Mainville. Our unique, hand-crafted boats have four sliding seats with rowers using the same sweep stroke of competitive college and high school programs.  These boats are stiff and sturdy, a distant cousin to the fragile and sleek racing shells, so they are well-suited to the sometimes choppy waters of Massachusetts Bay. Several CMI rowers have found their way to college varsity boats since basic movements and training are the same. For some CMI rowers, crew is their only high school sport (as training lasts all year) and/or the first time they were successful at a sport. We take in good kids and make them athletes. CMI athletes gain the skills, discipline, and determination needed to be successful rowers and in many cases go on to the highly competitive college crew arena.

CMI has important safety policies which apply to every participant in a CMI rowing program. Policies include requirement to sign a US Rowing Waiver, minimum levels of Rowing Fitness, attendance at a Safety Orientation Meeting, expectations for Courtesy & Sportsmanship, and a CMI Swim Test requirement that starts this fall.

Coaching Staff
John Liffman directs out youth rowing programs and has played an active role in our youth on-the-water programs with CMI since its inception.

Cohasset High School teacher Jack Buckley will also be working with the youth programs occasionally.