Wahoo Rowing Camp for Boys, Summer 2019


New this year, Learn-To-Row Sessions for an introduction to the sport!

Join the coaching staff of Virginia Rowing for six days of rowing, development, and fun on the Rivanna Reservoir, home of the University of Virginia Rowing teams. Please read below for more information and details on how to reserve your spot today!


  • Sunday, June 16, 2019 to Friday, June 21, 2019 This week is full (last updated, June 3)
  • Sunday, June 23, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Sunday, July 7, 2019 to Friday, July 12, 2019*
  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019*
  • Sunday, July 21, 2019 to Friday, July 26, 2019

For all sessions Drop-off is on Sunday from 1-2p at Blue Ridge School, giving families the chance to check out the accommodations. On Friday morning we will have a final practice and camp closing at the Boathouse. Parents are welcome to come at 9a to view practice or at 11a for pick up.

*During the first two weeks of July, Wahoo Rowing Camp will hosting Learn-To-Row Sessions for those who want to learn the sport; LTR will run parallel to our regular camp for athletes who have already completed a season of competitive rowing. Register Now.

“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


Our 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.

Every athlete will learn the differences between:

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

“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 


  • Camp size is limited in order to ensure a good athlete-to-coach ratio and to provide as individualized a program as possible.
  • 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, often get the chance to choose 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 to get the best out of their mental performance, 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.

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 into college.”

—Recent Camper


Know a high school-aged boy interested in learning the basics of the sport of rowing? New this year, we are offering an Introduction to Rowing as a subset of Wahoo Rowing Camps.



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

“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


Wahoo Rowing Camp is coached by Virginia Men’s Rowing full-time staff; no coaches from outside the UVA program are involved. Camps are led by head coach Frank Biller.



Our home base is the Blue Ridge School located just outside of Charlottesville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah National Park. Their picturesque campus provides us with top notch accommodations and dining facilities.

Campers will be sharing dorm-style rooms with round-the-clock supervision from camp counselors. We can accommodate rooming requests as well as any dietary restrictions; please just let us know!

“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 camper


Wahoo Rowing Camp can provide transportation to and from the Charlottesville Airport, train station, or bus station. We provide all transportation during camp to and from the boathouse for each practice.



The total cost of camp is $1090. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due with the application to reserve a space. The remaining balance of $840 can be paid now or by the beginning of camp. Bed Linen is $30 and can be paid for when you sign up. Register Now.

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

“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 Camper





Please contact us at summercamp@virginiarowing.org. Thanks!