Let's Row Fellowship

The CRI Summer Fellows program is an innovative opportunity for current PE teachers and teaching professionals to learn how to coach rowing on the Charles River while earning summer income.    

The Let's Row Summer Fellowship coaching position will be offered to up to six PE teachers from area public middle schools and high schools, namely Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, Lynn, Everett, Malden, and other towns surrounding Boston. The Fellowship position offers our Fellows the opportunity to learn the essential skills to become a CRI Certified Rowing Coach and USRowing Level I coach in four short weeks.  We are looking for individuals who would like to increase their functional sport-specific knowledge of rowing and those who have a strong personal investment in teaching the sport to new participants. The Summer Fellowship will ideally be a continuation of the CRI Middle School Rowing program that uses the context of teaching indoor rowing to middle school students to inform how to inspire introductions to rowing on the Charles River for young people.

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  • To learn the essential responsibilities of rowing coaches (launches, gas, athlete safety, etc.)
  • To observe the coaching framework in every type of program at CRI in practice
  • To teach the knowledge, skills, abilities of indoor rowing to new participants 
  • To share their own personal athletic-specific knowledge in a manner that contributes to CRI through feedback and debrief to staff and senior staff
  • To create a positive, healthy experience for participants

Areas of Observation

  • Each week, the fellows will observe practices from a group of similar coaches at CRI and explore their unique approach to coaching different athlete cohorts (e.g., Youth Development, Adult Recreation, Youth Recreation, Para programs and/ or Military programs).  Additionally, the Fellows will
  • Complete full onboarding process of Moodle and guided learning sessions
  • Share daily and weekly learning with fellows and head coaches
  • Assist with safe use and storage of equipment
  • Help Mgr of Middle School create interconnected pathway between MSIRP and MSOTW
  • Ensure compliance with USRowing and rules of the Charles River

Time and Overall Commitment

  • Between 4 and 6 hours daily for up to 20 hours weekly for four weeks.  
  • The schedule accomodates our Fellows time and can be flexible for individuals as needed
  • CRI will pay current pay rates for continuing and summer program hourly pay rates
  • There is a balance between some classroom time and then in-person shadowing and hand on learning.  The program is very interactive with senior CRI staff and generally happens in the coaching launch on the water! 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to step on uneven surfaces to safely move between all water vessels and docks
  • Ability to lift a 30lb. gas tank for every outing and carry it to and from the boathouse 
  • Ability to project your voice with assistance from a power megaphone
  • Ability to stand for extended periods in adverse weather conditions on the water