ABOUT THE TEAM  Our first season was the Spring of 2015.  Rowing is a Co-Ed Club Sport with spring, fall and winter seasons.  We are a CO-OP team for Spring Lake High School and Grand Haven High School. All academically eligible high school age students in the SL and GH areas are welcome including home school students. Rowers can join whichever season works best around their other activities. Rowing is easy to learn. It mainly requires a strong work-ethic, determination and team-spirit. With the right attitude, anyone can learn to row; with perseverance, he/she can build the physical strength and ability to compete. Unlike many other sports which require elite training from a young age, rowing is something many high school athletes could easily continue to do at a collegiate level. The team rows out of Spring Lake Middle School Grand River access, south of the soccer fields and west of the football field. On the river, we have a large floating dock for dry launching. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to email the team for more information.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  Coaches are: Jeff Pipp, and Paul Winter.

Due to COVID-19, Winter Training Season 2021 will be limited to 40 participants who have previously rowed. We are planning to practice in pods (small groups). If you haven’t already – please sign up to our team REMIND for communication during the season. This is the fastest way we are able to communicate if/when practices are changing or cancelled due to weather or other reasons. Scroll below for REMIND info…

High School Rowing Pods will practice Mon – Thurs at Fruitport Golf and Banquet Center for 6 weeks starting 2/15/2021. Cost is $75. Pod 1 will meet from 5-6 PM. Pod 2 will meet from 6:05 – 7:05 PM. Once you complete the online registration and payment, your coach will let you know which Pod you are in. If you need to be in the same pod with someone for ride sharing, please let us know.



Our primary concern will be safety. Secondary to safety, engagement with the sport and the club will be the focus. Fitness gains will be made, however it will not be our primary focus for this season. Face masks are mandatory as well as six foot distancing. 

Protocols directly related for the safety of all members of the club:

If there are any positive Covid-19 test results from one of the students athletes, or a family member living with the student athlete, the pod will not be allowed to practice for up to 2 week or until they obtain a test with negative results before then.

If any student athlete, or family member living with the student athlete is experiencing 3 of the following symptoms, they will not be allowed to participate for 1 or 2 weeks unless they are tested negative before then:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Every student’s temperature will be taken at the start of practice by the coach. Any student whose temperature does not read less than 100F after 2 tries 5 minutes apart, will be sent home. Being in the sun can affect the skin temperature reading, the student athlete will be sent to the shade for 5min then temperature read again.

Any student athlete not abiding by 6 ft social distancing or face mask rule will be sent home. The student athlete may or may not be given a warning prior to being sent home. This is at the coach’s discretion.

Each erg will be sanitized before and after each use.

Student athletes will not be allowed to share water bottles, each athlete must have their own water bottle as there will not be access to community water fountains.

If you are new to rowing, please see our website FAQs section under the MENU tab for general information on what to wear and bring to practice.

LOGO APPAREL: We have set up a Lands End Company Store for embroidered logo apparel to be shipped directly to you. LANDS END SL CREW COMPANY STORE

REMIND.COM We use the group text messaging app for broadcasting important quick messages to the team and parents during the season (especially helpful for location changes due to weather and for updates at regattas).  Below are the instructions on how to join the SLGH Crew group:

Fall 2019

FUNDRAISING:  Our program exists only because of generous private and corporate donations. We rely on continued support to keep the team afloat. Funds raised go towards purchasing equipment such as rowing shells, oars, rigging, shoes, speakers, life-jackets, tools, trailers, tents, motor boats, indoor rowing machines, etc. Each high school rower pays a participation fee per season to help with operating costs such as rent, insurance, fuel, mileage and coaching expenses. If you would like to make a tax deductible financial contribution to our team,you may do so using our online payment system or buy mailing a check.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE

THANK YOU:  A big thank you to our generous sponsors. Without your support, we would not be able to teach the competitive sport of rowing to a new generation. Thank you!

Our floating dock on the Grand River.

LEADERSHIP: Spring Lake Crew Club, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded to support the SLHS Rowing Team and the GHHS Rowing Team.

  • Paul Winter – President and Coach
  • Amanda Rantanen – Secretary and Substitute Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Lesley Reed – Treasurer
  • Ken Workinger – Boatman
  • Alan Betts – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Todd Kamps – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Jeff Pipp – Varsity / JV Head Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Mandy Boersen – Assistant Coach (GVSU Rowing Alumni)
  • Hunter Lohman – Assistant Coach
  • Lily Winter – Assistant Coach

If you would like more information, please email the team: