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2017 Youth Spring Rowing – We Still Have Room

Important Dates

Indoor Training: Monday, March 27th

On-Water Rowing Start: Monday, April 24th

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CMI is gearing up for the youth spring rowing season, and the April 24, 2017 on-water rowing start date cannot come quickly enough!

The first four weeks will be indoor training. We will meet PROMPTLY on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15-4:45 at the South Shore Athletic Club (next to the Cohasset train station).

On Mondays OR Wednesdays (we will divide the group) we will meet at the CMI boathouse for erging and running 3:30-5:00. This is the schedule through April vacation week.

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 $350.

Youth Summer Rowing

Summer rowing for ALL levels (weekdays) will start June 26, with a TRY IT week after school the week before(6/12-15 3:30-5:30).

We invite all interest youth entering 7th grade and higher.  Registration info will be emailed in early June.

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.