School Rowing

Wakatipu Rowing Club attracts up to 50 Wakatipu High Schools students per year who are provided with a dedicated team of coaches that offer age group squad training. Wakatipu Rowing Club is widely recognised as having a long-standing successful secondary school rowing programme, consistently achieving local, regional and national successes at U15, U16, U17, U18 and novice groups.

Wakatipu Rowing Club is a professionally planned, run and structured programme. School rowers have access to the very best available equipment, training facilities and a committed and dedicated coaching team. The values and work ethic instilled in young rowers throughout their school rowing days remain with them for life with the high standards and personal attributes inspired through being part of the rowing programme.

Wakatipu Rowing Club attracts up to 50 Wakatipu High Schools students per year who are provided with a dedicated team of coaches that offer age group squad training. Wakatipu Rowing Club is widely recognised as having a long-standing successful secondary school rowing programme, consistently achieving local, regional and national successes at U15, U16, U17, U18 and novice groups. Students who are serious about rowing have the opportunity to develop and experience rowing at an elite level. Those who have little experience are also encouraged to join the club, with a learn-to-row programme in place for beginners (novices) which involves land training as well as an opportunity to go out on the water.

School rowers train on the stunning Lake Hayes from the club’s private boat shed which boasts a full fleet of training and competitive boats – catering to small and large crews.

Over the rowing season, Wakatipu High School rowers compete in as many as nine regattas, including:

Aoraki 1,000m Regatta – Lake Ruataniwha
Cromwell to Clyde – Lake Dunstan
Legion Regatta – Oreti River, Invercargill
Clyde Regatta – Lake Dunstan
Otago Championships – Lake Ruataniwha
Canterbury Championships – Lake Ruataniwha
South Island Club Champs – Lake Ruataniwha
South Island Secondary – Schools Lake Ruataniwha
NZ Secondary Schools (MAADI CUP) – Lake Karapiro

The rowing programme costs $900 + GST per season. The subs go solely towards the day to day cost of owning, maintaining and ensuring the boats, all equipment owned by the club, fuel for the coaching boats and various other miscellaneous costs associated with the competent administration and maintenance of a rowing.

Rowers are supplied a row cap and T-Shirt. Hoodies and other crew gear are available at an extra cost. If selected for a competitive squad a row suit will need to be purchased for around $150.

Additional Regatta Costs

Local Regattas – 1-2 day local regattas held in Invercargill, Dunstan and Wanaka, where we travel to and back in one day cost between $25-30 per rower. This covers towing vehicle costs plus the regatta entry fees.

Twizel Regattas – For those selected to attend Twizel regattas, there is an additional charge of $140.00 per regatta. This covers boat haulage, accommodation, lunches and regatta entry fees.

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