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…


We will host 7 rowing sessions May 14 through June 3. Practice is Tuesday/Thursday 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM at the Spring Lake Middle School Grand River Access. Open to all 7th/8th graders in the area (SL, GH, St. Mary’s, Walden Green, West MI Academy, private schools, etc.).  Rowing is a co-ed sport. No prior rowing experience is required.  Parents – please attend a brief team meeting at the start of the first day.

Cost is $60 a rower, which includes a t-shirt. Please visit our online store to pay.


In addition to paying the fees, you must register online using this link.


Anyone 13 and above will need to be COVID tested weekly. We will do that before each Thursday practice at 3:30 PM starting May 21st.  We will follow all COVID procedures including 6 feet apart and mask wearing at all times. Anyone sitting next to a person in a boat who tests positive will be informed and requested to quarantine following the Ottawa County Health Department guidelines.


Cost is $225. Please visit our online store to pay fees.


In addition to paying fees, all rowers must register online.


Please be aware – face masks are required for rowing practice and competition until further guidance from the State of Michigan Health Department. Also, we will follow all protocols as listed below…


  • March 27, Grand Rapids Spring Sprints (Forest Hills Central High School – INDOORS). No spectators allowed
  • April 24, Grand Rapids Invitational (Riverside Park)
  • May 8, Grand Rapids Jamboree with Northview and Grand Rapids Rowing Club, among others (Grand Rapids Crew Club Boathouse).
  • May 23, State Rowing Association Championship (tentative) (Riverside Park)
  • June 5, Quad Meet with Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Eastern, and Carlson (Forest Hills Boathouse)

If there are any positive Covid-19 test results from one of the students athletes, or a family member living with the student athlete, they 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.

Equipment 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)
  • Daniel Winter – Assistant Coach
  • Lily Winter – Assistant Coach

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