WelcomeEdgewater Crew stands proud among the first programs that established competitive rowing for high school students in Florida. Since our founding 52 years ago by EHS teacher Dennis Kamrad, we have trained athletes to lead their peers both on and off the water compiling a long tradition of excellence in rowing, scholarship and citizenship.
We compete with more than 40 other school and club programs in Florida, and occasionally venture out of state to race teams on a regional and national scale. Some of our athletes have gone on to row in college, and all have been served well in their adult life by the lessons of dedication and teamwork that are the heart of this sport.
We invite any student who is eligible to participate in Edgewater High School athletics to give rowing a try. Boys and girls of any size are welcome and no athletic experience is required. No one is 'cut'; if a student has the determination to train, we make a place for him/her on the team to race.
Rowing operates as a club sport at the high school level; therefore our team gets no dedicated funding from the state, county or school. There is a financial obligation to participate, however we give students at least 2 weeks to try our program at no cost, and there are numerous opportunities to generate funds to offset dues and fees.
Orlando Rowing Association is a 501, (c)(3) charitable, educational, non-profit corporation made up of Edgewater Crew parents which provides all administrative, financial and logistical support to the team. ORA also conducts fundraising operations while soliciting donations and grants which are put to good use with NO administrative overhead.
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2016 adds practices to ready for racing
We start the new year with Wednesday practices getting added to the schedule in preparation for the racing season. Our rowers go to a weekend camp in February and then start racing with the Novice Regatta on February 20.
Fall Season Wrapup
We entered 3 separate Head Races during the fall, including our 1st trip to the Head of the Hooch at Chattanooga in 3 years, where rowers were surprised to see their new boat, the shiny red Palmer Feed Store shell fresh from the factory. We also rowed in races at Sarasota and Deland and recorded top 3 finishes in 4 events.
Junior Eagles begin January 23
Middle school rowers start a new season on Saturday January 23 which continues into April. Practices will be held on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings and include at least two race dates. Boys and girls at any middle school are invited to join. Click on the Middle School button for more details.
Edgewater Masters season starts January 12
Our adult rowing program begins its Winter Season on January 12 and continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings into the summer. Adults of any age and experience level are welcome to join. Click on the MASTERS button for more details.
Boathouse gets rededicated with new name
The Dennis Kamrad Boathouse was officially unveiled September 26 at the team's annual fall picnic. Founder and former Coach Kamrad was present to accept the honor and a number of his former rowers were also in attendance.