Nereid’s Collegiate and Open program for the summer of 2020 is perfect for college rowers who are home for the summer, or in the area for a summer internship, and are looking to stay in shape and develop their small boat and sculling skill. Recent college graduates who are looking to stay in shape and race are also welcome to participate in this summer program.

This program will begin on June 8th and end at the conclusion of Canadian Henley. This program will meet Mondays – Fridays from 5:30 – 7:30 AM, and Saturdays from 6:30 – 8:30 AM. Supplemental workouts will also be given each week for rowers to complete outside of practice times. This program is open to any collegiate or open rower with at least one season of rowing experience. This program is primarily a sculling program, but no prior sculling experience is required. The goals of this program are: to develop small boat and sculling skill, to improve the rowers’ overall physical and technical abilities, and to get all rowers race ready.

Rowers in this program will have the opportunity to race in the Schuylkill Navy Regatta (tentative), Independence Day Regatta, USRowing Club Nationals, Overpeck Summer Sprints, and Canadian Henley (though racing is not required) at the coaches’ discretion*. If rowers plan to race in any regattas during the summer, then they can miss no more than one week’s worth of practices.

All payments must be submitted by the end of the first week of practice (if this is an issue for you then please contact the coaches). If you cannot commit to the full term of the program then you must communicate this with coaches before the start of the program. Please remember that if you want to race you are only allowed to miss one week’s worth of practices. If you have any further questions then please contact Zach Spitzer ( 

*Rowers participating in regattas are responsible for their own transportation and housing during regattas, and are required to become USRowing members. You will need to pay the USRowing membership fee. This is a one time annual fee and is not needed if the athlete is already a member.  Join here.*

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Nereid’s Collegiate/Open Summer program for 2020 is going to be an on-water, singles-only program. Rowers will be coached on technique and also undergo workouts to improve fitness while rowing in singles. The goal is for each rower to become more proficient in the single scull by the end of the summer, while also leaving our summer program fitter and faster. 

Due to limited resources this on-water summer program is going to have a lower capacity than usual. As a result, we are going to require rowers to apply for this program and acceptance will be limited based on our available equipment. Rowers will be asked to describe their prior rowing experience and prior experience in a single scull (if any). For safety reasons, acceptance will be based on sculling proficiency. However, this does not mean that rowers with no experience in a single scull should not apply. If we have the space/equipment then we may still accept rowers with no prior experience in a single scull, but prior rowing experience on some level is required. 

This program will run from June 15th – July 31st and will cost $450. Practices will be held Mondays – Fridays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and Saturdays from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. In order to apply for this program please fill out the application at the following link: Summer 2020 Collegiate/Open Program Application. Applications will be due by Thursday, June 11th and applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance by the end of Friday, June 12th. Payment is due by the end of Sunday, June 14th. Instructions regarding payment will be emailed to accepted rowers. If you have any questions about Nereid’s programs, please contact our Programs Director, Jeff Arnott ( and/or our Head Coach, Zach Spitzer ( 

Additional information: Rowers will not have access to the boathouse, with the exception of the boat bays for equipment access. Therefore, rowers are not permitted to bring any unnecessary personal items to practice. Personal items should be left in the car or at home. Rowers will also not have access to our locker rooms or bathrooms, however, a port-o-potty will be on-site for athlete use. Rowers will also be required to wear masks at all times except when actively rowing. Rowers must follow all of the rules previously stated as well as all of Nereid’s COVID-19 Protocols, which can be found at the following link: Click Here

*Rutherford Residents receive a 50% discount until participation reaches 25% of the program size, after which the discount is pro-rated across all Rutherford participants. We ask all participants to pay the full program amount, and then we will issue a refund to Rutherford Residents once the final numbers are known. At current participation levels we expect that refund level to be 50%.*