Youth Rowing

At Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, we have inclusive “you show, you row” belief when it comes to open-water rowing. Our youth rowing teams welcome over 700 rowers annually for fall and spring seasons, as well as special student team-building workshops. Our rowing program is a positive exercise option and great alternative to traditional school sports for any student, while also instilling important skills like teamwork, self-confidence, and leadership. Learn more about our different youth rowing options below.

Fun fact: Rowing at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum puts to use the pilot gigs made by our boat building students. We currently have 20 boats in our fleet.

Register for Fall 2020 Rowing today >

Join a Youth Team

The Champlain Longboats youth rowing league meets for both a spring and fall season. Our spring season runs from March through May and the fall season from September through November. Rowing teams are organized by school and meet after school for practice two to three times a week.

School teams at all levels (Novice, Intermediate, and Experienced) can participate in regional annual open-water rowing races include three races in Vermont run by the Museum and Champlain Longboats, and three competitions in Massachusetts hosted by the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

The following schools currently have Champlain Longboats youth rowing teams and accept rowers of all experience levels:

  • Burlington High School
  • Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Mt. Abraham Middle School
  • Mt. Abraham High School
  • Rice Memorial High School
  • South Burlington High School
  • Vergennes Middle School
  • Vergennes High School

Students at any of our participating schools can sign up and join the school team. If your school is not on the list and you’d like to row, contact us and we’ll find the closest team to you. To learn more or find a team to join, contact Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director at 802-475-2022 ext. 113 or

Student Rowing Programs

Tailored to students’ needs or academic goals, our rowing programs for student and school groups offer experiences in team-building, ecology, and history set on Lake Champlain. These programs are open to special education and mainstream education programs and schools.

To learn more about these options and what would best work for you and your students, contact Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats program director, by phone at 802-475-2022 ext. 113 or by email at

Fall 2020 Rowing Registration

Ready to row? Please fill out the two forms below or keep up to date with the season races. Contact us if you have any questions by email: