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Langley Crew - New Rower Guide

Langley Crew New Rower Guide

It's a great art, is rowing. It's the finest art there is. It's a symphony of motion. And when you're rowing well Why it's nearing perfection - And when you reach perfection You're touching the divine. It touches the you of you's Which is your soul. -- George Pocock

If you've come to this page you may be actively thinking about joining the Langley High School Crew Team.   That is great to hear.  We know that you probably have lots of questions on your mind.  Is the program physically demanding?  It is and then some.   Maybe you've heard that crew training requires a certain amount of dedication and time.  We can certainly tell you that it requires both.  Not everyone is cut out for this great sport, but for those who are being a part of our team is one of the greatest things you will do during your time at Langley High School.   Our program has grown into one of the top high school programs in Virginia and we regularly create top rowers, top boats, and championships galore.  Maybe even more important is that our rowers graduate from our program as stronger individuals who regularly make lifetime friends while rowing for the Saxons.

Why Row with Langley?

1.  No Previous Rowing Experience Needed
We are a co-ed program where almost all of our new athletes arrive with little to no rowing experience.  Our Novice-program coaches will teach you the art of rowing while also introducing you to training programs that will help you to build endurance and strength.  Coxswains will learn how to steer our racing shells and how to manage a race.

2.  We Are a Top-Ranked High School Rowing Program
In 2014, Langley produced six Virginia State champion boats and placed three boats into the top 10 nationally.  Our Women's Varsity Four was ranked second in the nation in 2014.   We have a proven program that turns novice rowers with little to no experience into capable, experienced rowers able to perform at the highest levels.

3.  Earn Your Varsity Letter
While Langley Crew is a club sport, you can still earn your Langley High School Varsity Letter

4.  Great Trips to Great Regattas
Each year Langley Crew travels to the historic Stotesbury Cup Regatta outside Philadelphia - one of the largest and most prestigious high school rowing events in the country.  We also travel to the SRAA Nationals regatta which can be held in a variety of locations.  

5.  Langley Regularly Places Athletes into Top Collegiate Rowing Programs
Collegiate rowing programs are constantly on the hunt for great student-athletes.   Langley rowers, coxswains, and even coaches have gone on to rowing programs at the University of Virginia, Yale, Rutgers, and Notre Dame.   It also doesn't hurt that schools like Princeton, UVa, Yale, Navy, Harvard, Washington, Cal Berkeley, Cornell, and Brown are typically the top ranked collegiate rowing programs.

6.  Real Teams, Real Friends
Crew is the ultimate team sport where coordination and synchronization is vital.  We pride ourselves on creating strong, capable teams.  Many of our rowers develop friendships here that last a lifetime.


A Typical Year

Fall:  Fall Rowing Days at the Occoquan,  Orientation Meeting in early October
Winter:  Winter Training begins in early November and concludes in late February
Spring:  On the Water training begins in late February, Regattas are held between late March and the end of May
Summer:  Many of our rowers join nearby clubs or rowing programs to further develop their skills.

Want to learn more about Langley's Crew program?  Check out the links below or contact us at

Langley Crew FAQ

Meet the Coaches

Rowing Terminology

Athlete Guidelines

Regatta Survival Guide

Becoming a Volunteer


Where We Row

We row at the Sandy Run Boathouse on the Occoquan River.

Sandy Run Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 Driving Directions

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