Wahoo Rowing Camp for Boys, Summer 2017

“My son loved the Wahoo summer camp! He never truly understood all the mechanics of how he was being told to row back home. He spent the entire 3 hr. drive home after WRC explaining everything to me—which muscles were most important, why and when you engage certain [muscle groups], how a rower prepares mentally to row, etc. 
He also appreciated that the coaches clearly were interested in helping every kid get better—not in cherry picking the best rowers for special attention. And I found you all really personable and easy to work with, answering questions quickly when we registered. We’ll be back for sure.”
—Parent of a 2016 Camper

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’s approach to teaching the athletes is unique among summer rowing camps.

We make no attempt to duplicate a typical high school (or college) training regimen. Instead we spend camp time delving into the minutiae of effective training in a way that most high school programs simply cannot, due to time and other constraints.

“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.”

Parent of a Camper



Every athlete will learn the differences between

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



  • 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’s development is equally important to the coaches, regardless of the camper’s age, size, current abilities, or potential.
  • Each athlete will row both sweep and sculling shells, usually choosing the actual boat they’ll row at each practice.
  • In-depth video analysis throughout the session.
  • Land-based, age-appropriate mobility and strength training. We’ll identify—and begin correcting—common muscular problems such as reciprocal inhibition, synergistic dominance, and asymmetry. The training will improve proprioception, balance, and muscular symmetry.
  • Athletes will learn ways to approach their training intentionally and mindfully, as well as how to process racing/training experiences effectively.
  • We’ll significantly improve ergometer technique in order to reap the most benefits from land workouts.
  • Athletes will learn the basic biomechanics of rowing and the physics of the rowing shell.
  • 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.
  • Each athlete must have completed at least one season of high school or club rowing.



“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% of the rowers we’ve sent 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
St. Joseph’s Prep Rowing



Four sessions are offered.
  • Sunday, July 2 to Friday, July 7 – SESSION FULL
  • Sunday, July 9 to Friday, July 14 – SESSION FULL
  • Sunday, July 16 to Friday, July 21
  • Sunday, July 23 to Friday, July 28 – SESSION FULL



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


… are provided

“My son felt that you made his rowing make sense, and he improved dramatically after his week with you. He even shared pointers and tips that he learned from you with his coaches—and they implemented them!
– Parent of a former camper


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.



$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.


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 I look forward to keeping in touch throughout the rest of my high school career, and possibly into college.”

—Recent Camper


Any additional questions/issues, please contact Sarah Healy at sarahhealy4@gmail.com or 434.882.4098 (note that the team is traveling to the Henley Royal Regatta so email will likely get a more prompt response)

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

Step 4: If you’ve paid the deposit and wish to pay the balance later, submit the balance here.

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!