Artemis Rowing of Oakland CA was founded by and is run by Head Coach Will Stevens. Artemis trains athletes to be their best and to compete to be the best locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. We have students from all over the East Bay, including Oakland Tech, Albany High, Encinal High, Bishop O'Dowd, Alameda High, Skyline, ACLC, ASTI and Piedmont High as well as many middle schools. Our coaches provide a high caliber experience to our middle school, high school, college, and adult rowers by focusing on the balance between the individual and team, training in the full range of boats (1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4+, 8+).
Rowing is a recognized gateway sport to the top colleges; our rigorous, supportive athletic experience has had a tremendous positive impact on our student athletes’ academic achievement. For our motivated rowers, this sport is an opening for empowerment and success.
Artemis Rowing is open to all athletes and takes the responsibility seriously to expand the sport to all in the East Bay- we are proud that our team represents the strength/diversity (be it ethnic, religious, economic, social, and every other) of the East Bay. We are committed to this and using our individual strengths and experiences to making our team and our student athletes race hard and win.
HIGH SCHOOL RACING (8th-12th grades)
The Artemis girl's and boy's squads practice 5-6x a week and race at local, regional, and national events in the following boat classes: 1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4+, 8+ in both openweight and lightweight categories. In the Fall, our top boats will race at the Head of the Charles in Boston, MA and Newport Autumn Rowing Festival in Newport Beach, CA. In the Spring, our top boats race to qualify, and compete strongly at Nationals. The team has distinct squads for novice (first year rowing) and varsity. Novice rowers learn to row together and compete against other novice teams from the Bay Area and the Southwest. In the Fall and Winter practice is 5x a week; in the Spring it is 6x a week.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM (6th-7th grades)
Experienced rowers (6-7th grades) (those who have done our Beginner program) practice 2x a week in small sculling boats-1x, 2x, and 4x's and race every third week on Saturday in both intramural races and against other teams. The emphasis is on learning, physical conditioning, teamwork, and of course fun! Beginners (6-7th grades) practice 2x a week and learn the basics of sculling (rowing with two oars) in a safe, flat-water environment. On water instruction highlights water safety, proper rowing technique, balance, ability to work with others, and rowing terminology. Upon completion of the beginners session, they graduate to join experienced Artemis Rowing middle schoolers.
Sculling, or rowing with two oars, creates an evenly distributed pull on the body and is promoted by a number of international rowing federations as the method for young, physically developing middle school athletes to learn and have fun rowing.
ADULT WOMEN'S RACING TEAM AND ADULT CLASSES
New: The Women's Racing team (the newest East Bay rowing team for adults and masters ) practices before work and on Saturday mornings. We row in the full compliment of boats. The team competes in local regatttas and is planning on traveling to Newport Fall Festival.
New: Sunrise Sculling- Open to men and women. Coached seesions on Weds. and Fri. mornings.
All the Adult programs are open to (and welcome!) all adults who want to learn to row, or experienced rowers who wish to compete and/or recreationally row on the beautiful Estuary and in the process support our primary mission- youth rowing. We offer novice, intermediate and advance programs including group classes and private lessons.