Welcome to Vancouver Lake
News and Upcoming Events
June 19-August 18
Practices: Monday - Friday 9-10
No Experience Necessary
Cost: $125.00 - for a 3 week session
Need based scholarships available, please contact Alan Stewart
Session 1 - June 19-July 7
Session 2 - July 10-July 28
Session 3 - July 31-August 18
Required Paperwork- Information Form, Vancouver Lake Aquatic Center Rowing Waiver, Swim Test (see Forms and Waivers)
Please email Alan Stewart with any questions.
Scrimmages and Regattas
April 22-23rd - Covered Bridge Regatta: Eugene, OR
(Boats have been assigned contact a coach with questions. If you have questions about food or lodging contact Amber)
May 6th - Scrimmage @ VLRC
May 19-21 - @ VLRC
2017 US ROWING NW Youth Championships
June 19th - Summer Sessions Begin!
Planning for Summer
ONLY $125. per a week session!
Week 1 - June 19
Week 2 - June 26
Week 3 -July 3 (No Camp July 4th)
Week 4 - July 10
Week 5 - July 17
Week 6 - July 24
Week 7 - July 31
Week 8 - August 7
Week - August 14
Pick your week or weeks and sign up using our online registration page
Vancouver lAKE ROWING CLUB
HIGH SCHOOL ROWING
Vancouver Lake Crew's High School Team is composed of rowers from schools throughout the county. Practices during the school year are on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the VLC facility on the southwest shore of Vancouver Lake (note: No Wednesday or Sunday practice).
There are many opportunities to race throughout the year. High school rowers have a strong sense of team unity that makes for a fun and successful rowing experience.
The high school program runs year around with fall, winter, spring, and summer seasons. Spring and fall are racing seasons. Winter is strength training and working on endurance. We row when it rains; plan on getting wet, and bring a change of clothes. Dress in layers.
Middle School Rowing
Vancouver Lake Crew's Middle School Team is composed of rowers in 6th through 8th grades from schools in Clark County. Focus is on rowing, strength training, and teamwork.
The Middle School program runs at the same time and with the same fee as the High School program. Practice schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday(no practice Wednesday or Sunday) 4:30-6:00pm. Saturday 9:30am-Noon.
KIDS SUMMER BOATING CAMP
Kids' boating camps are held during the summer months. This is an excellent introduction to boating, an opportunity for students aged 7-11 to learn boatmanship in a variety of human powered watercraft. Swimming proficiency is required. High school and college rowers are the counselors for these camps. Life jackets are provided, but you may bring your own personal flotation device if you wish.
At Kids Camp, you can learn to row:
VLRC alumni often return during the summer to row on the lake. Collegiate sweep rowers can take the opportunity to learn how to scull during the summer sessions of rowing.
Local college students are encouraged to come down and row. If you don't know how to row and would like to learn, you have several options. During the summer months, you can join our college/high school learn-to-row program that is offered through August. If you are interested in another season, contact Coach Alan about taking lessons. Our programs are very flexible and can accommodate most schedules.
Once you know how to row and are approved to row on your own, dues are $25/month. If you are only going to be rowing a few weeks, we would still appreciate partial payment. Every amount supports the club and the upkeep of the equipment and the facility.
For our Master members-- during the winter, spring and fall, Thursday (9:00am) and Saturday (7:30am) are coached rows (summer is Saturday time only). Many master rowers are meeting other mornings during the week if you need help with equipment. Please use the buddy system. Private lessons are also available.
*Beginning April 2017 Introduction to Master Rowing Classes.
Classes are open to all adults, no experience needed. Contact Coach Alan to schedule your lessons. $150.00 for 5 sessions.
Contact Coach Alan for more information
Looking for a fun and low-impact sport to try? Dragon boating is a fast-growing water sport; we are proud to be the first to introduce it to Vancouver. It is simple to learn and difficult to master. No experience is required. After a quick land lesson, participants will don life jackets, grab their paddles and climb aboard.
If you are ready to give it a try we invite you to attend one of our weekly team practices. We provide everything you need; please come dressed to be on the water and bring a water bottle.
We have a friendly group of paddlers who all started out just like you-they just showed up! Contact Jeff Campbell (ph 971-222-3679) of Double Fifth Dragon Boating for more information, practice times, or group activities.
Vancouver Lake Crew is now Clark County's rowing AND paddling center. The facility is located on the west side of Vancouver Lake--just south of Vancouver Lake Park. There is a great deal to explore right on the lake. There are numerous nooks and crannies that are only accessible by small manually powered water craft. But the lake is also the start of the 32 mile Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Waterway Trail. Pack a lunch! Wait till you see the birds and water fowl!
You can keep your kayak or stand up paddleboard in our covered, secure storage trailer, and it will be ready and waiting for you.
Call Coach Alan for more information
Pay for sessions or make a donation!
Forms and waivers
Required Forms for Youth and Adult Activities at VLAC
Required for All New Rowers
Everyone must submit a signed Swim Test!
Part of the application procedure involves a swim test waiver. This waiver must be signed by a certified water safety instructor--not just a lifeguard.
For Questions or Registration these are the folks you need to contact
PO BOX 421
Vancouver, WA 98666
Indoor Training Location:
3000 Columbia House Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98666
VLAC has an amazing legacy that continues on with your support!
In Memorian: Bill Kalenius
The founder of Vancouver Lake Crew, Bill Kalenius, passed away Wednesday September 23, 2009 after battling colon cancer for 6 years.
"Coach Bill," as most of us knew him, was far more than just a rowing coach. For many of us Bill was a life coach. Coach Bill always said that rowing shouldn't be the first priority in our lives. He viewed things as Faith, Family, Friends, and then rowing. Bill had his priorities straight and throughout his life he touched the hearts of many, many people. Many people were able to see themselves differently and even find purpose in their own lives through rowing, all because of Bill.
We will all remember Bill as not only an amazing rowing coach, but an amazing man, who put others first and changed lives.
Vancouver Lake Rowing Club's mission is to serve the youth of our community, adaptive rowers, at risk individuals, and adult rowers by teaching rowing technique, water safety, sportsmanship, teamwork, and stewardship of resources.
Our 2017 Board
President: Phil Volz
Vice President: Sue Hammann
Secretary: Macy Bienerth
Treasurer: LeeAnne Colson
At Large Board Member: Pasha Spencer
Parent Liaison: Amber Baker
Masters Liaison: Sheila Neck
Dragon Boating Liaison: Jonelle Battaglia
Trustees: Dane Moseson, Delvan Johnston, and Greg Borchers
VLRC is a member of USRowing.
USRowing is a nonprofit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States.
Also, we are a member of Portland Vancouver Rowing Association.
VLRC is a 501c(3) nonprofit
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