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.
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, Maritime Programs Director at 802-475-2022 ext. 113 or NickP@lcmm.org.
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, Maritime Programs program director, by phone at 802-475-2022 ext. 113 or by email at NickP@lcmm.org.
Fall Rowing Registration
Ready to row this season? Let’s get you signed up! Use the online registration form linked below to sign up for Fall Rowing.
You can also use this online registration system to sign up for our fall races including the James Wakefield Rescue Row and the Otter Creek Challenge Race. You can register for fall races at the same time as your season registration or you can return to this form and register for just the races later.
The registration fee for the season is $30 and race registration fees are $25 per race. Rowing fees go towards covering the cost of safety equipment, staff, maintenance, and races.
The following schools are covering rowing fees for their students so you can complete your registration for free: Burlington High, Mt. Abraham Middle School, Mt. Abraham High, South Burlington High, Vergennes Middle School, and Vergennes High School. Contact us if you have any questions by email: NickP@lcmm.org