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Private Lesson Request Form released!

The Chargers are now offering the opportunity to request private lessons. You may submit a request HERE!

You can also access this form via our Forms page. This form is for the purpose of submitting a request for private coaching lessons. Submitting a request does not guarantee a lesson. We will make every effort to accommodate your request based on your skill level and the availability of our coaches.  Sculling lessons are $80 per 1.5 hour session; however, committing to multiple sessions upfront may reduce the per session rate.

Boater Safety Law and Courses

As many of you know, Brianna’s Law is in effect as of January 1, 2020, which requires all operators of motorized boats and personal watercraft to take a safe boating course and get a boating safety certificate by 2025. This new law has a phased-in approach: depending on your age, the date by which you will need to take the course and get your boating safety certificate will vary. Learn more about the full phase-in details: Brianna’s Law

If you were born on or after: You will need a boating safety certificate when operating a motorized vessel in:

 Jan. 1, 1993

2020

 Jan. 1, 1988

2022

 Jan. 1, 1983

2023

 Jan. 1, 1978

2024

All motor boat operators regardless of age
will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2025.

Boaters can obtain a boating safety certificate by taking either a classroom or approved online course– both free and paid options are available. Students 18 years of age and older will be required to pay $10 for their permanent certificate. There is no charge for students under the age of 18.

Here is a list of local courses and contact information:

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Van Buren Town Hall, 7575 Van Buren Rd., Baldwinsville (Onondaga)
Steinbarge, John (315)638-4727
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
New Life Liverpool Church, 4617 Wentzel Rd., Liverpool (Onondaga)
Misciagna, Christian (315)877-3023
This class is for adults and children

Sunday, March 29, 2020
PS & ED HQ, 2154 US 11 South, LaFayette (Onondaga)
Mallory, Matthew (315)567-9268
This class is for adults and children, & 3/30 must attend both sessions
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Sunday, April 5, 2020
Van Buren Town Hall, 7575 Van Buren Rd., Baldwinsville (Onondaga)
Steinbarge, John (315)638-4727
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Sunday, April 19, 2020
Van Buren Town Hall, 7575 Van Buren Rd., Baldwinsville (Onondaga)
Steinbarge, John (315)638-4727
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Monday, April 27, 2020
Runnigs of Clay, 3949 Route 31, Liverpool (Onondaga)
Mallory, Matthew (315)567-9268
This class is for adults and children, & 04/28 must attend both sessions
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Jordan Bramley Library, 15 Mechanic St., Jordan (Onondaga)
Wright, Jason (315)689-3296
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Van Buren Town Hall, 7575 Van Buren Rd., Baldwinsville (Onondaga)
Steinbarge, John (315)638-4727
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Sunday, May 17, 2020
PS & ED HQ, 2154 US 11 South, LaFayettel (Onondaga)
Mallory, Matthew (315)567-9268
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Van Buren Town Hall, 7575 Van Buren Rd., Baldwinsville (Onondaga)
Steinbarge, John (315)638-4727
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Saturday, June 20, 2020
Van Buren Town Hall, 7575 Van Buren Rd., Baldwinsville (Onondaga)
Steinbarge, John (315)638-4727
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Friday, July 3, 2020
Runnigs of Clay, 3949 Route 31, Liverpool (Onondaga)
Mallory, Matthew (315)567-9268
This class is for adults and children, & 07/02 must attend both sessions
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

Saturday, July 11, 2020
Van Buren Town Hall, 7575 Van Buren Rd., Baldwinsville (Onondaga)
Steinbarge, John (315)638-4727
This class is for adults and children
The instructor charges a fee for this course. If you are 18 or older in addition to the class fee you will be required to pay NYS Parks a $10.00 fee for your boating safety certificate.

We need coaches!!! Rowing experience not necessary! JOIN OUR TEAM…. ATTEND A US ROWING COACHING CLINIC

Want to coach? With growing programs and participants, we need coaches for our programs. Please contact our Program Director, Ashley Marsh at amarsh3790@gmail.com for more information.

Also, please consider signing up for the US Rowing Coaching Course that is being offered in Rochester, NY at the Genesee Waterways Center. The date is Feb 15&16. Registration ends on January.

For more information on the Level 2 courses, please follow the link below.

https://usrowing.org/sports/2016/6/20/2253_132107068162630605.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3AJofyazQC_n2w80wyyfw0hNkZtryzlcNbaBGyyBPiwDTZKe7GMuXkirw

 

Equipment Care Reminder!!!

 

Rowing shells, rigging and oars are easily damaged. If you believe there may be some damage to any equipment, inform our Equipment/Boathouse Manager, Dave Cusano
 by either completing this form HERE or contacting him at 315-546-6575 or by email at djcusano@gmail.com.

Safe equipment handling improves the safety and enjoyment of rowing and will maintain the quality of the rowing equipment for the Club.

SEE BELOW

Summer Equipment Care Reminder:
 
****Oar Carrying and Care****
 
-Carry blades forward in view, to avoid contact with obstacles. Not over the shoulders.
-No more than two oars per person.
-Do not drag the oars on the ground and do not drop the handles into the water.
-Do not throw or drop the oars on the ground. Place them on the ground gently.
****Walking the boat to the water****
-The rower behind the rigger watches to make sure the rigger is clear.
-DO NOT CARRY THE BOAT BY THE RIGGER. Only carry the boat by the gunwhale.
 

****Placing/removing the shell from the water****
-Very Important: Make sure a coxswain or coach is by the fin/skeg before placing the boat in the water or taking it out so the skeg does not hit the dock.
-Once the shell is on the water, at least one (more in windy conditions) rower must stay with the shell while the rest of the crew gets oars.
 
****Before placing the shell into the rack****
-The boat MUST be rinsed and/or wiped down.
 
****COXSWAINS: Cox Boxes and Head Gear****
-This equipment is extremely expensive (over $700 between the cox box and head gear) and must be handled with extreme care.
-Do not throw equipment or leave this equipment on the ground.
-Cox boxes and head gear must be placed in the charging rack and plugged in after practice on the far right hand side of the boathouse.

JUNIOR SUMMER PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS RELEASED!!! Registration opens on April 1, 2019 on RC

Please find our program dates and descriptions for our Junior Programs at the link below. Please note that registration opens for these programs on RegattaCentral on April 1 (first come, first serve). Some changes:

  • Our Youth Learn to Row Program takes on a new look this summer. 5 week long sessions are offered that run from Monday through Friday from 8:30 to noon. The cost remains the same.
  • Lots of options for all ages exist all summer long!

2019 Summer Junior Program Overview

Questions: Contact Ashley Marsh at amarsh3790@gmail.com.

ADULT SPRING AND SUMMER PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS RELEASED!!! Registration opens on April 1, 2019 on RC

Please find our program dates and descriptions for our Adult Programs at the link below. Please note that registration opens for these programs on RegattaCentral on April 1 (first come, first serve). Some changes:

  • Adult membership fees have been simplified. Adult membership fees are set forth below.  Membership applies if you seek to gain access to the equipment, docks, boathouse, and for an additional fee, boat storage/participate in the Adult Competitive Program (Ages 27 and over: $500; Ages 22-26: $275).
  • Adult Experienced is now called Adult Recreational. No racing is required. A progression program for adults seeking to move beyond “Learn to Row” or for former high school and collegiate rowers who just want to go enjoy the sport without the racing.
  • Adult Recreational rowers do not pay a membership fee. Initial program registration in 2019 is $200 but all subsequent 2019 Adult Recreational programs are $150.

Questions: Contact Ashley Marsh at amarsh3790@gmail.com.

2019 Spring and Summer Adult Program Overview

Lyn Markert Hathaway and Donations in her Honor

It is with deep sadness and a very heavy heart that we write this post. Long time Charger Board Member, Lyn Hathaway, passed away on September 12.

Lyn Hathaway – Hall of Fame 2014

Lyn epitomized the values of our club and was likely the most devoted individual to our mission. Through countless hours of practices, regattas, meetings and other Charger functions and rowing functions, she selflessly and passionately donated to our community of rowing. Even in her last few moments, the Chargers were on her mind, as she emailed to inquire about our September board meeting on September 12.

If there is anything that we can take from her example it is:

Give: give to what you believe in. Give with your heart, mind, body,

soul and your wallet, too.

Be modest: be humble, show humility, empathy and sensitivity.

Be dedicated: whether its sun, rain, sleet, snow, ice…when you believe in something, give it your all. She was always at the finish line no matter what.

Show compassion: people make mistakes, people are imperfect…accept them for who they are and appreciate the positive they bring to the table.

She exemplified these qualities on a regular basis.

Our first boathouse is named in her honor for her commitment to the organization and she was the first person inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2014.

She will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace, Lyn. We are grateful for all that you have done.

 

Donations in her honor to the club can be made by mailing donations to:

Chargers Rowing Club

PO BOX 5643

Syracuse, New York 13220

Checks should be written to: “Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club” and please write “In honor of Lyn Hathaway” in the memo line.