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 Rowing in Sarasota County

Sarasota County is home to several great Olympic style rowing programs offering opportunities to all ages of wellness enthusiast. The flagship is Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) which, in 2014, was awarded 2017 FISA World Rowing Championship.
Sarasota-Bradenton will co-host this event which will feature the best athletes from around the world. NBP will also host the 2015 US Rowing Youth National Championships, the 2016 Olympic trails in rowing and Modern Pentathlon, and both the 2018 NCAA Women’s Rowing, and 2018 IRA Men’s Rowing Championships.

 Rowing Programs

  •  Sarasota Scullers, is the oldest program in our area, operating out of the recently renovated Blackburn Point Park. The Scullers offer sweep and sculling competitive teams for middle through high school age athletes.
  • Sarasota County Rowing Club (SCRC), works out of a facility adjacent to the Scullers on Blackburn Point Park. SCRC’s main focus is directed to the Masters rowing community.
  • Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Program (SARP), is Sarasota’s newest rowing program. It specializes in PARA athletes with physical needs.
  • Sarasota Crew, also offers middle through high school competitive teams in addition to a Masters program.  Sarasota Crew is one of the largest youth programs in the nation. They operate from their facility located at the Bay Preserve in Osprey.
  • Lemon Bay Rowing Club, in South County, has a boat corral located within Indian Mound Park. It too, has a following of loyal master age oarsmen and women. 

 Single Shell Rowing

From sleek racing shells to open water skiffs, from professional caliber athletes to beginning rowers, Sarasota County offers diverse and exciting waterways that beckon rowers from around the world.
The single rower that focuses every ounce of energy into completing the most efficient stroke to the eight-man teams that glide across the water in seemingly effortless synchronization, the sport of rowing showcases a perfect harmony between man and nature.



For information call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or email

Additional information can be obtained at Nathan Benderson Park,, or calling Paul Blackketter 941-685-0635


 You Can Row Here:


Nathan Benderson Park
Blackburn Point Park


Myakka River State Park

Also at:


 Links of Interest

World Class Rowing
Sarasota Crew
Sarasota Scullers
Sarasota County Rowing Club (Masters Rowing)
The Rower’s Almanac
U.S. Rowing
Visit Sarasota County
Paddle Sarasota, A Guide to Sarasota’s Kayak and Canoe Trails
Myakka River State Park

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