Texas Rowing Center has both competitive and recreational crews to fit the needs of all athletes. Our program is approved for off-campus physical education credit and satisfies all physical education credit requirements of AISD, Eanes, St. Stephen’s, RRISD, Leander, Lake Travis, and others. Additionally, our program schedule provides maximum flexibility so that busy students can choose the practice schedule and degree of commitment to suit their individual goals. No prior experience required.
What to Bring
$600/trimester for St. Stephens
Our Competitive Crew challenges those high-school students who want to train to race competitively in regattas. We hone the talents of each individual by improving fitness and developing technical proficiency. Athletes practice and race in sculling singles, doubles, quads, fours and eights. Our goal is to develop team boats capable of competing in regattas and winning state and national championships. Our program has also placed athletes on the U.S. Junior National Team and the 2018 US Youth Olympic Team. Many of our athletes continue to row in college. We will have two parent orientation options for spring 2024 on Saturday, January 6th at noon, and Tuesday, January 9th at 5:00PM. The semester runs January 9th through May 23rd. Practices take place Monday through Friday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM and on Saturday from 9:00AM to 11:00AM.
$600/trimester for St. Stephens
The Recreational Crew is the best option for students who are interested in rowing and paddling, but are not interested in competing. This program is perfect for new rowers and experienced rowers alike from grades 6 to 12. In addition to rowing, students learn to kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddle (SUP). The goal for crew members is to learn boating techniques and endurance, while experiencing the excitement of Lady Bird Lake. Recreational Crew members are invited to participate in Austin regattas and inter-squad races. We will have two parent orientation options for spring 2024 on Saturday, January 6th at noon, and Tuesday, January 9th at 5:00PM. The semester runs January 9th through May 23rd. Practices take place Monday through Thursday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM and on Saturday from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
Summer Training Program
Juniors can continue their training over the summer with our coached Summer Training Program. This program is open to any middle school or high school rower who plans to row for TRC during the fall semester. Inexperienced rowers will have their own coach to teach basic rowing skills. We offer water practices every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:00AM. Practices begin June 12th, and run through July 26th. Participants can join anytime throughout the summer. The Summer Training Program also includes unlimited rowing during TRC regular hours from the end of spring semester until the beginning of the fall semester.
How many people can fit into a canoe?Canoes accommodate up to three adults or two adults and two children.
Can I fit extra belongings in my canoe?Canoes are our most spacious rental boats providing room for extra belongings and even pets! Feel free to bring shoes, clothing, sunscreen, coolers in your canoe.
Are kids and/or dogs allowed in canoes?Dogs under 50 lbs are welcome to come with you in your canoe! We offer doggy and child life jackets. To read the latest on the Lady Bird Lake water safety for your pup, visit https://www.austintexas.gov/page/algae.
Do I need a reservation to rent a canoe on Lady Bird Lake?Nope! We rent on a first-come, first-served basis. We have a massive fleet of boats to ensure that you can get right onto the water. Reservations are only required for our special Austin events – Latino Moonlight Serenades and July 4th Fireworks.
What should I wear to canoe in Austin?We suggest wearing any clothing that you don’t mind getting wet! The most popular clothing is bathing suits or athletic gear.