Novice/Freshman Summer Program

Potomac Boat Club is offering a 2020 Novice/Freshman Summer Program to athletes who, due to the global health crisis, were unable to participate in their first year of rowing.


Camp Dates: May 4th – July 31st

  • Have your summer plans changed? We accept rolling applications through June 1st!

Training: 1x per day

Format: The program will begin in a virtual format with the possibility to transition to the water when health authorities and the PBC Board of Governors determines it is safe. The virtual format includes daily group-coached sessions over a virtual platform, functional lifting instruction, a core strength program, and a training program aimed to prepare athletes for the upcoming fall season.

  • Out of town athletes are welcome to apply. They will remain on our virtual training program if the program returns to the water and will be included, via Zoom, in land based training.

Best Practices: Athletes will have additional access to virtual education tools on topics which include topics such as coxswain education, training tools, nutrition/hydration resources, and goal setting / sport psych tools.

Camp Fee: $800 athletes / $250 coxswains for the virtual program. Athletes will be pro-rated for the time spent on the water, an amount which reflects facility access and equipment usage, if such a transition is deemed safe.

PBC Parent Policy:

  • All program related communication goes through the athletes. Athletes will be on an official program email list. It is their responsibility to check email regularly and communicate relevant updates to parents/guardians.
  • Athletes earn their seat every day. Rowing is a meritocracy where effort, ownership, and consistent performance earns opportunities. This puts the athletes in the driver seat of their opportunities this summer. They will be held to standards and expected to meet and work towards them.
  • Active participation. Athletes are expected to be active participants in their summer experience. It is the responsibility of the coach to provide a safe, transparent, and productive learning environment. There may be instances when an athlete has questions about aspects of the training and/or selection. It is the responsibility of the athlete to communicate with the coach.
  • Transparency. The program will be structured to provide transparency in decision making around training, boating, and racing. We entrust the coaches to make and communicate these decisions based on cumulative data collection and observation.