Free for youth: Learn to row this summer on the Housatonic River

Yale Community Rowing is ready to begin its 17th summer on the water, providing free rowing lessons for area youth on the Housatonic River. Adult sessions are available for a fee.

Programs are based at Yale’s Gilder Boathouse on Route 34 in Derby, just across the river from Shelton.

There is a range of offerings — from one-week learn-to-row sessions for children as young as age 10, to more advanced multi-week sessions for middle and high school students.

The goal is to provide access to a non-traditional sport to children at all levels. Participants are taught the basics of stroke technique and how to work as a team as they row daily in the Housatonic River.

In the process, youngsters learn about the importance of discipline, teamwork, and commitment while establishing lifelong habits of physical activity and fitness.

Building self-confidence

“They learn to trust and value their teammates and the environment, to take responsibility for their actions, and to build self-confidence from their accomplishments,” according to publicity material.

The mission of Yale Community Rowing is to create “a comfortable learning environment where children can increase self-esteem and enjoy a unique team bond through their participation in the sport of rowing.”

Program registration begins Feb. 14 at:

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