Great Lakes Bay Crew

A Regional High School Rowing Program

Great Lakes Bay Crew is the perfect opportunity for High School students to experience and excel at the sport of rowing through the Bay City Rowing Club.

We are inviting and accepting all students from the Bay, Saginaw, Midland, Frankenmuth, and surrounding areas of the Great Lakes Bay Region to join us this year with their friends and classmates.

  • An amazing outdoor activity that works the body and mind
  • Meet and row with other students interested in the sport
  • Fantastic addition to college applications and creates the potential for collegiate program scholarships

2019 Season

We are currently in the process of finalizing our class information for 2019. Please check back this spring for more information about Great Lakes Crew.

Meet the Coaches

Head Coach

Amber has been involved in rowing since her college days at the University of Michigan. Since then, she has been around the country (and world!) coaching and working with various clubs and programs including Boston College, Berkeley High School, Marin Rowing Club and North Bay Rowing Club. She has also competed and medalled in the women’s U.S. Nationals event and narrowly missed out competing at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Amber is passionate about teaching young people to row and excel in the sport, and is excited to be working with local high school students involved in the Great Lakes Crew program!

Jay coaching portrait

Assistant Coach

Jay has been rowing, coaching and coxing with BCRC for six years. He first discovered the sport at California State University at Long Beach, where he rowed for two years on the men’s lightweight team. He decided to get back into rowing in 2012 to row recreationally and compete in local state regattas. Outside of rowing, Jay has two grown children and three grandchildren, works in IT and enjoys repeating his favorite quote: “what can I do to help my teammates win the race?” Jay also actively teaches Learn to Row classes at BCRC because he enjoys helping new rowers get involved in the sport.


No, we do not require membership by students or parents for a high schooler to participate in Great Lakes Bay Crew. However, once the class is completed you’ll be a proficient rower, so of course we’d love for you to continue your involvement by joining! We offer a special membership for high school students and also a discount for first-time members.

Comfortable exercise clothes, socks and a water bottle are a must. If the weather is nice, we also recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. If the weather is windy or colder, it helps to have an extra layer of clothing like a wind-breaker or light long-sleeve jacket. Optional items would include a change of clothes (sometimes you can get splashed with water) and extra shoes or flip-flops to keep in the boat while rowing.

With rowing, there is no perfect place to start. Whether you consider yourself physically fit or not, we encourage you to learn the sport to see how you like it. Rowing will challenge you both mentally and physically, but you can scale your physical effort according to your own limits.

As of now, we don’t a specific deadline, but we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible. This is a huge help for us to plan and coordinate each class session. If you’re just finding out about this and one of the classes has already started, please still reach out to us – we can probably still accept you!

All class sessions are held at our boathouse on Middle Ground island in Bay City (a map is available on our Contact page). These camps involve both indoor and outdoor training. We row on the Saginaw River, and we might travel a few miles north or south on the river while rowing. Any on-land or indoor practice will happen in, or close by, our boathouse.

Our boathouse has both a men’s and women’s locker room, and both have individual lockers that are available for temporary use at no charge. However, our boathouse is always locked while we are on the water, so many of our members leave their belonging on the seats in the locker rooms without any worry. If you’d like the use of a locker, make sure you ask when coming to your first class. You can also bring your own lock to use.

We understand you may have to miss a day, and that’s fine. It will be your responsibility to let the rowing instructor know as early as possible. We don’t recommend missing more that 1 or 2 days, as this could start to set you back with learning.

Canceling a day of rowing is highly unlikely. We have the ability to practice both indoors and outdoors, so even if weather doesn’t allow for rowing on the river, your camp will still practice indoors at the boathouse on rowing machines. If a class must be canceled, your instructor will send an email (or call) as early as possible to let everyone know.

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