2021 Spring Masters

2021 Spring Masters


Whether you have never picked up an oar, or rowed in high school or college, we welcome all masters (adults ages 18 and up) into the Spring Masters Program.

CCRA is committed to the health and safety of our rowers and staff. We will be following the recommendations of local authorities and USRowing regarding COVID-19 concerns and conform to social distancing guidelines where possible. Rowers have the option of rowing in ‘podded’ team boats, or rowing strictly in a single scull, according to their comfort level with the current covid situation. To further demonstrate a commitment to safety, all sessions will be held on Lake Meahagh, a shallow and protected lake: perfect for all rowers, beginner and experienced alike. All rowers and families must read and agree to adhere to CCRA’s COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.

For those who are new to rowing, you will have dedicated coached sessions geared for beginning (novice) rowers.

For experienced rowers who have demonstrated proficiency, you will have opportunities to improve and perfect your skills with access to all size boats.  We are looking to expand coxswain rotation, so please be open to learning a new skill! Although there will be no regattas this spring, it’s still a great opportunity to get on the water, build endurance, and have fun with your teammates.

  • The spring session (8 weeks) runs from April 18 – June 13.
  • Coached and non-coached practices on Lake Meahagh. Click here for info on all CCRA locations.
  • For adults brand new to rowing: We will arrange for you to learn the basic rowing stroke on a rowing machine (erg) prior to your first on-water experience. Please contact us ASAP to schedule these sessions.

Program Fee:

  • Novice (beginner) rowers, including those that were in the Fall 2020 novice group: $180 per rower.
  • Experienced rowers: $240 per rower.
  • College Students: $100 per rower. Subject to availability. Please contact Dina at [email protected] for more info.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Spring registration deadline is April 13!


1. Coached on-water practices:

  • Novice (beginner) rowers:
    • Sunday: 7-9am: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, 5/23, 6/6
  • Experienced (including experienced College) rowers ONLY:
    • Sundays, 7:00am-9:00am: 5/9, 6/13
    • Coach approval required for those that have not rowed with CCRA before

Our professional coaches will teach these sessions. Practices will take place rain or shine, unless there is a safety concern. Be on the lookout for  communications via the SportsYou app for last-minute updates.

Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, seating availability may be limited. If necessary, seats will be assigned on a rotational basis, and every effort will be made to get wait listed rowers into the next session. Experienced rowers can opt for informal rows or independent rows to enhance their on-water experience.

2. Weekly on-water informal rows:

Led by experienced, approved masters rowers (on-water when weather is favorable, optional remote (Zoom) session if not). Novice rowers are not eligible for these sessions.

  • Mondays: 8:30-10:30am
  • Saturdays: 7:00-9:00am

3. Independent on-water non-coached rows:

Arranged on participant basis for highly experienced rowers only:

  • ‘Approved’ rowers that have passed a safety/proficiency test given by the head coach may sign up to row singles or in their team boat pods on Lake Meahagh at their convenience, as long as other practice sessions are not in-session. These ‘approved’ rowers must ‘buddy up’ with at least one other approved or experienced rower (no novices allowed) at all times. Strict adherence to CCRA on-water rules, CCRA’s COVID-19 Policies and Procedures,  and Lake Meahagh’s traffic pattern is required.
4. Weekly ‘Row To Music’ Zoom erg sessions:
  • If there is enough interest, these sessions will be held via Zoom on Mondays, 6-7pm for all spring masters. These ‘just for fun’ sessions will improve your erg skills, and get your heart pumping! Novice spring masters who can commit to attending at least four of the seven sessions will also be eligible to receive (or retain) a free loaner erg for the spring season. Please contact Dina if interested in the loaner program. 

5. Independent erging/weight training at our indoor location

  • All spring rowers will have access to our indoor facility, arranged on participant basis, following CCRA’s COVID-19 Policies and Procedures,  including:
    • two people maximum in the CCRA’s second floor space at any time.

6. Independent Zoom erg sessions with a buddy

  • All spring rowers will have access to the CCRA Masters Zoom meeting ID, so they can erg remotely with their CCRA buddies at their convenience


Due to COVID-19 concerns, spring regattas have been cancelled. However, now is a great time to work on your technique and endurance, in preparation of possible racing later in the year!


All Masters rowers must sign a waiver stating that they can comfortably complete the following swim test: Swim 50 meters, tread water for 10 minutes, put on a PFD (lifejacket) while treading water. This is for your safety, and the safety of your fellow rowers and coaches.

All Masters must abide by CCRA Safety requirements, and watch the US Rowing Safety video at least once a year. See the Safety Requirements page.


  • Our coaches use the SportsYou App to communicate quickly regarding any updates needed for practices including important change in plans due to weather. Please download and register on the SportsYou App. All registered Masters will receive an invitation to join the CCRA Masters SportsYou ‘team’.
  • Join our Masters Facebook Community by clicking here and requesting to “Join”.
  • Please follow Cortlandt Rowing on Facebook and Instagram. The number of followers counts when we want to show how quickly our club is growing here in our local communities!


  • You must be a current member of US Rowing, and sign their online waiver, in order to participate in CCRA activities. Follow US Rowing registration instructions here.
  • Payment can be made during online registration via PayPal ($5 fee). Or send a check payable to CCRA, and mail to: Cortlandt Community Rowing Association, PO Box 530, Verplanck, NY 10596.
  • Registration is currently closed for the spring season. Check back with us soon for summer season info!

Questions? E-mail [email protected], or call Mrs. Dina Tompkins at (914) 589-9112