SL-GH CREW

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.

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…

WINTER TRAINING We will start indoor training at the Y in Grand Haven on Monday January 30 and end on March 30 or as soon as we can get on the water. We will practice on M, W, Th and Sat. Tuesday there will be no coach led practice due to unavailability of erging space, but would like the athletes to work out as a group in the gym with weights and doing some conditioning. We anticipate the Seniors will lead the workout. The Y requires a 3 month minimum membership for current non-members at $25 a month. If you already have a Y membership there is no additional cost.

Athletes are welcome to begin their membership in December. Additionally, if families are interested in a Parent/Child or a Family membership, they are welcome to join for the 3 or 4 month period at our Parent/Child or Family membership rates. While it is not a discounted rate, you are getting a benefit, since the Y does not typically offer anything less than a 1-year membership commitment.

We will also charge $50 a month for training/coaching conducted primarily by Coach Jeff. Please click on the button below to pay online. You may pay for both months at one time or one month now and the other later.

We have access to a scholarship fund for anyone in need of financial assistance for Winter training and the Spring season. Contact Coach Paul individually regarding that.

Click the button below to make a donation, pay fees or make other online payments.

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.

REMIND.COM We use the remind.com 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)
  • Vacancy – Member at Large (GH Liaison)
  • Jeff Pipp – Varsity / JV Head Coach (MSU Rowing Alumni)

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