The crew teams are open to all students at East Lyme High School, and may also accept students from other schools who wish to participate in our fall program. Middle schoolers can take part in the summer “learn to row” program, and exemplary rowers may be selected for the fall competitive team. Since the spring program is an ELHS varsity sport following CIAC rules, middle schoolers and students from other schools may not join this program.
Anyone interested in joining a crew program must pay a fee to the East Lyme Rowing Association (see the Programs page for costs). While the East Lyme Public Schools cover some costs, including transportation and coaches’ compensation, ELRA is responsible for the purchase and maintenance of boats. New boats cost about $37,000 and usually need to be replaced every two to five years.
Rowers must sign an ELRA waiver as well as an additional waiver from U.S. Rowing. For the spring varsity program, students must register at FamilyID.com and provide the ELHS Athletic Office with the results of a physical from within the past 13 months.
Those participating in the spring program must complete a swim test showing that they are able to swim 100 yards, tread water for 10 minutes, and swim 10 feet underwater. Students joining the summer or fall programs do not need to complete this test, but must affirm that they are in good physical condition and comfortable on the water.
Bus transportation is provided from ELHS to the Lake Pattagansett boathouse for the spring and fall programs. Students must be picked up by their parents or otherwise make arrangements to return home after practice.
US Rowing Membership Application / Renewal Form: https://membership.usrowing.org/