It is hard to make that boat go as fast as you want to. The enemy is the resistance of the water… But that very water is what supports you and that very enemy is your friend. So is life: the very problems you must overcome also support and make you strong in overcoming them.
George Pocock

The Puget Sound area offers no scarcity of rowing programs, from the clubs on Lake Union to boathouses at the north and south ends of the region. So why choose Green Lake Crew?

At Green Lake, rowers enjoy a body of water free from pleasure and industrial boats. The controlled, safe waterway allows athletes to accomplish their workout without wakes or sudden surprises. The risk of collision and injury is less when rowers know exactly how many other boats are out on the lake on any given day.

The park also offers an escape from the noise and bright lights of city life. Located in a tranquil Seattle neighborhood, Green Lake provides a quiet escape to nature, complete with blue herons, eagles, ducks, lilly pads, and colorful flowers and trees.

Perhaps most important to the avid rower, Green Lake’s boathouse contains the best equipment in the city. The strength and history of the junior and master rowing programs means Green Lake’s boats are replaced every few years. The singles, doubles, quads, fours and eights available for member use are the newest and best equipment on the market. Rowers won’t need to deal with broken parts, deteriorating boats, or old technology. Green Lake prides itself on the best shellhouse around.

Green Lake also recognizes that most adult rowers have busy lives. Families and work commitments compete with rowing time. In a nod to ever changing schedules, the club does not require any upfront membership fee. Rowers can either sign up for a six to eight week session of four classes a week, or simply purchase a punch card that enables them to pay as they go. For the occasional rower, the punch card option makes financial sense and offers utmost flexibility.

Last but certainly not least, Green Lake Crew offers the opportunity to challenge yourself, to grow as a person and an athlete, to pursue lifelong fitness, to find a community of people united in purpose, and to pull hard, go fast, and have fun.

"It prepared me for how to be a better person, how to make my voice heard, how to just stand up for myself."
-Phoebe Marks-Nicholes
"I think in terms of character development and giving me a sense of identity, the Green Lake experience was exceptional. "
-Kent Carlson
"Green Lake has really defined our family in these critical years of kids in middle school and high school. It created this whole culture. We knew coming out of that program that our kids would be successful in life. So, as a parent, Green Lake is transformative. "
-Bob Christie
"When you row at Green Lake, you have the chance to excel, the chance to race for national championships. You can be a rower and do something nobody else does."
-Al Erickson
"Rowing at Green Lake influenced me mostly in work ethic. I'd always been an athlete before then, in swimming and kayaking, but never to the degree that I was at Green Lake, which was mentally and physically committed to practicing and getting better all the time."
-Arne Landboe