Learn to Row at Overpeck Lake

Learn to Row at Overpeck Lake with Oksana Tsimbalova (Head Coach) and certified coaches River Rowing Association (Nyack N.Y.). Over a course of five days they will provide athletes ages 12-18 the opportunity to learn the basics of rowing. Athletes are welcome to sign up for one, two or more sessions scheduled through out the summer. The goal is to provide a safe and fun environment where novices can learn about the basics of rowing.

Participates will learn the basic rowing terminology, how to use the rowing equipment, safety rules and precautions, as well as the fundamentals of the rowing stroke and boat mechanics. The coach determines when the boat is ready to go on the water. The first hour or two of each session is usually spent on land reviewing equipment and practicing technique.

Good attendance is crucial to safety and maximum learning. Rowers must attend all classes, and are encouraged to choose another term if they cannot commit to a minimum of 80% class attendance overall. Successful completion of this program is a prerequisite for entry into the novice and competitive junior programs for grades 7th through 12th grades.

Overpeck Lake

8 Bell Drive
Ridgefield, NJ 07657

Session # 1 - June 3;4;5;6;7 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Session # 2 - June 10;11;12;13;14 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Session # 3 - June 24;25;26;27;28 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Session # 4 - July 15;16;17;18;19 from 12 to 2 p.m.
Session # 5 - July 22;23;24;25;26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Session # 6 - July 29 through Aug. 2nd. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Session # 7 - Aug. 5;6;7;8;9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Session # 8 - Aug. 12;13;14;15;16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

COST: $350 per session.


  • Be between the ages 12-18.
  • Be able to swim.
  • Come attired appropriately in fitted clothing. T-shirts with tight arm holes and close fitted shorts, keeping in mind that the seats in the boat slide back and forth on a track so loose clothing can get caught and rip.
  • Bring their own bottled water.  We would recommend 2-3 bottles per participant.
  • Bring sunscreen/hat to protect against the sun.  Majority of the training will take place on the water with no available shade.


  • Confirm participation by email to oksana@riverrowing.org AT LEAST FIVE DAYS BEFORE THE START OF YOUR CHOSEN SESSION.
  • Print and complete the application by CLICKING HERE: LEARN TO ROW APPLICATION.
  • Bring a check made out to River Rowing Association along with the application and submit it to the Coach on the first day of your session.


If we have to cancel a session due our minimum participation not being met, student will have the option to switch sessions, have their payment returned, or have a private Learn to Row session one on one with the coach for $95 per hour or $380 for 5 hours.

For all questions and concerns, please contact Coach Oksana at 973-223-0273 or oksana@riverrowing.org.

New York Rowing Sponsored Regattas

Overpeck Lake Training and Regatta Center

Row To School Scholarship