Rowing Crew

For over a century rowing on the Rock River has provided participants a new “view” of the river. After you have crewed on the ROCK, you will know what unites rowers everywhere. The coordination, camaraderie, sense of purpose and the total body workout keep the tradition alive.

The mission of the YMCA Rowing Crew is to promote the sport of rowing in all its forms including competitive, recreation, and wellness, under the highest standards to all who are interested in a safe, healthy, and fun activity. Steeped in tradition, our Rowing Crew plays host the Head of the Rock Regatta every October. This decades-old event draws more than 2,000 rowers from across the country and more than 5,000 spectators to the banks of the Rock River. Click here to learn more about the Head of the Rock Regatta.
Looking to improve strength, flexibility, and toughness during the summer? Then we are looking for you! Rowing is an ideal cross-training sport that improves strength, endurance, and flexibility with little risk of injury. The YMCA Rockford Rowing Crew offers both Masters and High School aged youth classes to all who are interested in learning to row.

Head of the Rock Regatta

Discover Rowing through the YMCA´s "Learn to Row" program. The class is held in June each year. Our goal with this class is to introduce the new rower to the basics and fundamentals of rowing. Call 815-489-1210 to learn more or register.

This is a summer rowing program for High School Youth. Open to all (Ages 13-18) No tryouts required - just be willing to work. A swim test is required. Call 815-489-1210 to learn more or register.

This is an 8-week program to follow up the Discover Rowing class or Previous Rowing Experience. This class is designed to be a structured practice to improve your skills and feel comfortable in the boat. Once completed you become a member of the Rowing Crew. Ages: 18+. Call 815-489-1210 to learn more or register.

*Need a place to store your boat – we have space in our boathouse. We offer storage for the season starting at $100.
For more information on the Rowing Crew, contact:
Jane Johnson
Rowing Director