Masters February OR March Symposium

2024 - Masters Rowing February Symposium - Sweep and Sculling Options - Not Just a Camp!

After popular demand, we're bringing it back and offering TWO weeks of options! Come row and learn in Sunny Sarasota! And both have an option to stick around after for a race in Florida! It's not JUST rowing and video, but we do lots of that too!

When: Tuesday-Friday, February 20 - 23 and Tuesday-Friday, March 2 -8 BUT you do not need to make it for the entire time. We have two day options:

What: 2 day or 4 days of rowing, rowing and more rowing! Sweep and Sculling options--you can even do both! The symposium will combine on the water rows, with in-depth video sessions and on-land convention style seminars to help you do a deep dive into becoming a better and smarter rower. Each two days will include full days of rowing, seminars and video. We will start in the morning both days and wrap up late afternoon in enough time for some group dinners or you to get on the road if you want. You can sign up to scull for one two day option and sweep the next or stick to one the entire time! Dates:
Feb 20-21 1/2 Week Option 
Feb 22-23 1/2 Week Option
Feb 20-23 Full Week Option
Mar 5-6 1/2 Week Option
Mar 7-8 1/2 Week Option
Mar 5-8 Full Week Option
Racing Opportunities the weekend of February 24-25 or March 9-10. Masters racing for the The Sarasota Invitational traditionally takes place on the Sunday Feb 25th and for the OARS Masters Regatta in Orlando on March 10. We will be able to find rental boats for all who want to race in Sarasota and will work with OARS to ensure we can do the same for the race in Orlando.

Who: Masters rowers of all levels will be accomodated! We will group rowers of similar experience levels.

Sweep vs. Sculling: You can decide if you sign up for 2 days or 4 days. For each 2 day block you can choose sweep or sculling. You will stay with sweep or sculling for the entire 2 days. There is a price discount for signing up for 4 days.

Some of the 2022 or 2023 Symposium Sessions:
Body Prep & Sequencing
Mobility & Lifting for Masters
Psychobiological Perspectives on Rowing Faster
Nutrition for Masters Rowers - one specifically on gut health
Rigging Intro
Specifics on the Catch
Specifics on the Release
1987 Boat Race - Lessons learned from someone inside the boat (Richard Hull)
The 2020 US Olympic Lightweight 2x - their story straight from their mouths
The 2022 US World Championship Lightweight 2x - an update on their journey to a medal at the World Championships
Video Review

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USA Olympians Molly Reckford and Michelle Sechser talk give a talk to the 2022 Masters Symposium:

Some of our staff from 2022 and 2023 are listed below and we should have 2024 coaches listed soon!

Casey Galvanek - Coach Galvanek is the Head Coach at Sarasota Crew and also the USA U19 Men's and Women's National Team and generally awesome. He also was an 2021 USA Olympic Coach leading the US Women's Lightweight 2x to a 5th place finish within a second of the podium. The list of athletes he has helped to develop into world class rowers is too long to list but he has the unique ability to teach to all levels of abilities and experiences.

Richard Hull - Coach Hull's rowing career included racing for the GB National Team in European regattas in 1990, winning the Visitor’s Cup at Henley in 1989, and winning the Boat Race three times with Oxford between 1987 and 1990 (while ostensibly studying for a PhD in biochemistry). Richard then spent over 20 years in the business world before returning 9 years ago to coaching rowing in Olympia, WA as head coach of the youth and masters programs. He has also coached in the US Junior National Team system. Richard holds a USRowing Level III High Performance Coaching Certification and is a frequent presenter at conventions, clinics, and courses on topics at the intersection of physiology, mental approach, and rowing technique and brings his relentless British humour along to it all.

Rick Brown - Coach Brown led camps for the junior national team for 11 years before joining Sarasota Crew as the Director of Operations. He led junior clubs at Three Rivers Rowing (Pittsburgh, PA) and Rogue Rowing (Ashland, OR) with great success and several national medal boats in small boats. Coach Brown also coached masters at Marin Rowing, Three Rivers and Rogue.

Megan Kuehm - Coach Kuehm is the Head Masters Coach at Sarasota Crew and has coached nationally competitve small boats at youth programs in several different regions in the US. She has a great ability to work with rowers of all levels.

Maddux Castle - Coach Castle is currently the Lead Juniors Boys Coach at Sarasota Crew where he leads nationally competitive crews every year, winning a Bronze most recently in the Varsity 8+ and siliver in the 2nd 8+ at the 2022 National Championship. He came to Sarasota Crew after coaching at George Washington University before that.

Callie McGowan - Coach McGowan most recently led the Varsity Girls at Sarasota Crew to a 5th place finish nationally in the Varsity 8+. She coached college teams at the University of Louisville and Clemson University for a number of years before moving back to the community club level.

Sebastian Spivey - Coach Spivey is a favorite of masters rowers who get to work with him at Sarasota Crew and all over the country. He has great skill in working with athletes of all ages and exerience level and helping them all improve. He is currently a full-time coach for Sarasota Crew where he works with the junior girls and masters team.

Robin Brown - Robin coached medal winning teams at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Marin Rowing and Three Rivers Rowing before earning her Masters in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. As a Registered Dietitian she owns her own business and has worked with top rowers across the country to help them fuel properly.

More Coaches will be named.

Daily Schedule Example:
7:00-9:00 - row
9:00-10:30 - video review and snack break
10:30-12:00 - row
12:00-1:00 - lunch break. group options will be provided
1:00-2:30 - Seminar #1
2:30-4:00 - Seminar #2

Cost: $600 for 1/2 week or $1000 for full week.

Hotel Options: tba.

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