Wahoo Rowing Camp for Boys, Summer 2016

“The Wahoo Rowing Camp at UVa is the perfect environment for our rowers to improve their sculling and sweeping skills, and to grow as oarsmen.  Over 90% have gone on to row in our varsity crews. WRC is the first sculling/sweeping camp we recommend when a parent or oarsman asks about getting significant development during the summer.”

Jim Glavin
Head Coach of Rowing
St. Joseph’s Prep
Philadelphia, PA

Join the coaching staff of Virginia Rowing for six days of training and fun on the Rivanna Reservoir, home of the University of Virginia Rowing teams.


WRC is unique among summer rowing camps in its approach to teaching the athletes. Its fundamental goals are to help athletes comprehend the many differences between

    1. rowing a seat in a shell versus becoming a true boat mover,
    2. being a typical participant in practices versus becoming a true athlete who is deeply invested in his physiological, technical, and mental progress.

Everything we do is designed to help
the athletes achieve these two goals.

  • Camp size is limited in order to ensure a good athlete-to-coach ratio and to provide as individualized a program as possible.
  • No coaches from outside the UVa program are involved.
  • Each athlete will row both sweep and sculling shells, usually choosing the actual boat they’ll row at each practice.
  • Functional movement screening. We’ll test each athlete’s ability to execute fundamental movement patterns, and will prescribe basic corrective exercises that will ultimately allow the athletes to train more thoroughly and with a reduced chance of injury.
  • In-depth ergometer-technique analysis. High school athletes, especially, row the ergometer extremely inefficiently, and could get so much more out of their training with better technique. We’ll break it down piece by piece.
  • In-depth video analyses will take place throughout the session.
  • Yoga for rowers. Under the guidance of Carrie Shuler, RYT-500, rowers will enjoy a yoga session for athletes. Carrie is the resident yoga instructor for both the men’s and women’s rowing teams at UVa.
  • Land-based functional training and flexibility training in order to identify and correct common muscular deficiencies such as reciprocal inhibition, synergistic dominance, and asymmetry. The training will improve proprioception, balance, and muscular symmetry.
  • Athletes will learn the basic biomechanics of rowing and the physics of the rowing shell.
  • Each athlete must have completed at least one season of high school or club rowing.

“Our son got a tremendous amount out of the camp, and I can’t thank you and the rest of the staff enough. He is passionate about rowing, and I’m sure it’s the best thing that has happened to him in this sport.”

Parent of a Rower


Four sessions are offered.
  • Week 1: Sunday, July 3 to Friday, July 8
  • Week 2: Sunday, July 10 to Friday, July 15
  • Week 3: Sunday, July 17 to Friday, July 22  FULL
  • Week 4: Sunday, July 24 to Friday, July 29



Camps are held at the Thomas Temple Allan Boathouse, home of Virginia Rowing. Address is 276 Woodlands Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901.



“I highly recommend the Wahoo Rowing Camp. My rowers enjoyed their experience, increased their skills, and came back eager to continue improving on what they learned.”

Danny Gwynn-Shapiro
Men’s Varsity Coach
Capital City Rowing
Tallahassee, FL


The coaches are the same ones who lead the UVa program: Frank Biller (head coach) and Erich Shuler (novice coach).

Frank Biller, Head Coach of Virginia Men’s Rowing

Read Frank’s coaching biography

Erich Shuler, M.Ed., CSCS, Novice Coach for Virginia Men’s Rowing

Read Erich’s coaching biography


“Camp was very interesting, and very useful. I know it will help me a lot this season. I learned a lot last week and had a really good time. I’m going to try and get out in that single as much as possible too. You really showed me what I need to work on and I appreciate that.”

Former Camper


Athletes will stay at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, 2132 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA. The STAB boarding facilities are located next to the UVa campus. They are furnished and air-conditioned. Rooms are arranged in suites, with two rooms sharing a bathroom. Meals are provided and are served in the school’s dining room. Linens are not provided. Rooms do not contain refrigerators or microwaves.


WRC can provide transportation to and from the Charlottesville Airport, train station, or bus station. We also provide transportation to and from the boathouse for each practice.

“Thank you for coaching the camp and helping each of us with our form. I recently practiced with my coach back home, and my stroke is greatly improved in his eyes. I had a great time practicing with you and your boathouse. I look forward to keeping in contact throughout the rest of my high school career, and possibly into college.”

Former Rower


$1090. A non-refundable $250 deposit is due with the application in order to reserve a space.


Camp fee includes coaching, housing, meals, transportation, and dorm supervision.


Any additional questions/issues, please call Erich Shuler at 434-242-8108, or e-mail him at eshuler@embarqmail.com. We encourage you to use our secure online payment system. Confirmation of your payment will be sent via e-mail.

To register, please complete the following steps (confirmation of registration will be sent once the deposit—or full tuition—is paid):

Step 1: Complete online registration form

Confirmation of your reservation will be sent via e-mail.

Step 2: Complete and upload medical history form and release & consent form

Step 3: Pay deposit, tuition, or other fees online

The above steps may also be completed via snail mail. Forms and checks (made out to Virginia Rowing Association) may be sent to

Wahoo Rowing Camp
276 Woodlands Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22901


Full camp details to follow upon registration!

“I’m the coach at a small scholastic team (in the South), and last year two of our guys came to your camp for a week. Their experience was so great that you have become their new favorite.  Several more are talking about coming up this year.”

High School Coach