ZLAC’s Juniors carry on a tradition of women’s rowing that goes back for over 125 years. The girls come from all over San Diego County and attend a variety of both public and private middle and high schools. The girls share a passion for rowing, enjoy the camaraderie of the sport, and love being able to train on the beautiful waters of Mission Bay.
Many ZLAC alumnae have gone on to row for collegiate programs including UCLA, UCSD, Cornell, UC Berkeley, Gonzaga, and many more!
Competitive program for 8th-12th Graders: Register for the 2019 Fall rowing season! Running August-December 2019, new rowers are encouraged to join. The Spring 2020 season will run from January to May.
Be sure to download the payment form HERE and bring it with you on your first day of practice.
The goal of the competitive program is to allow each athlete to develop her potential. We value:
• Fitness and strength
• Competitive experience
• Rowing skills
Our coaches endeavor to train every rower to reach her full potential, regardless of her initial level of skill and/or fitness. Rowing builds strength and fitness which in turn leads to a more positive rowing experience for all. All rowers are encouraged (but not required) to participate at the competitive level.
Non-Competitive program for 6th-8th Graders*: The ZLAC Junior Team is pleased to announce the opening of a Middle School Rowing Program for girls. Beginning October 1, 2019 the program will include practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the opportunity to join in Crew Social events, and participation at select local regattas as team helpers. The Fall season runs October-January, and the Spring season is February-May.
The Middle School Rowing Program objectives will include:
Rowing technique (on the water and on the ergs)
• General health and fitness
• Fun and friendship
The Middle School Rowing Program will be non-competitive, but rowers will have the opportunity to learn about racing technique and strategy, as well as participate in informal scrimmages with teammates as the fall and spring seasons progress. Middle School Rowing participants will be very well prepared to enter the competitive Novice program.
Crew social events include junior crew dinners, sleepovers, big sister/little sister, and club events such as Christmas Tea, Crew Classic, and Salt Water Day.
Practice: Tuesday & Thursday 4:00-6:30pm
*Experienced rowers in high school who are interested in a non-competitive program may also be considered on a case by case basis.
8th-12th grade competitive program (fall season August-December; spring season January-May):
$333 per month over the nine month season for novice (first year) rowers.
Varsity rowers pay a reduced monthly fee ($300) but also pay annual club dues, for approximately the same annual financial commitment. Varsity rowers also become full club members, allowing them a life-long membership to the oldest women's rowing club in the world. This membership comes with benefits such as unlimited use of the boathouse and equipment (great for collegiate rowers who want to continue training when home from college), reduced rental fees for the ZLAC clubhouse, and invitations to a variety of networking and social events throughout the year.
Program fees include coaching fees and most regatta travel expenses. More detailed information is available on request.
Middle school non-competitive program (fall season October-January; spring season February-May):
$133 for monthly payments.
$540 per season for one time payment.
$1000 for both seasons for one time payment.
For more detailed information about rowing fees, please contact us.
ZLAC believes that every girl should be able to row. If you require financial assistance, grants may be available! Click HERE for the application!
The Rowing Season
The team season runs from late-August through mid-May
Practices are held Monday-Thursday from 4:00-6:30 PM, and Saturday mornings from 6:00-8:30 AM
The rowers compete at regattas in the fall and spring, and do conditioning and skill building work in the interim
A typical year includes some or all of the following regattas:
Head of the Charles, Boston, the world’s largest 2-day rowing event October (select Varsity)
Head of the American, Sacramento, October
Row for the Cure, San Diego, October
Fall Classic, San Diego, November
Christmas Regatta, Long Beach, December
Indoor Classic, San Diego, January
Desert Sprints, Tempe, March (Tentative)
Empire Sprints, Lake Perris, March (Tentative)
San Diego Crew Classic, April (select Varsity/Novice)
Southwest Regional Junior Championships, Sacramento, early May
The team enjoys top-of-the-line facilities. The boathouse has two large boat bays holding over 30 boats. The workout room on the second floor of the boathouse (where the weight equipment and rowing machines are kept) has large windows and a wide balcony with expansive views of the bay.
The ZLAC clubhouse is the focal point of the members’ social gatherings and events as well as the home of rowing artifacts and trophies from ZLAC’s long history. Monthly team dinners are held in the clubhouse, with an accompanying parent meeting to keep everyone up to date on training and events.
Dianna Woods started rowing at the University of Puget Sound as a freshman, first learned to scull while completing her Masters at UC Santa Cruz, coxed and rowed with the mixed and women’s teams at the Texas Rowing Center in Austin, and started rowing and coxing at ZLAC shortly after discovering the club during strolls along the Mission Bay boardwalk. She became a member of ZLAC in January 2015, and though she never wanted to leave again, necessity brought her to Virginia for a short time. During her brief stint there, Dianna coached the Novice Junior Girls at TC Williams in Alexandria, while coxing with the masters women's team, Alexandria Community Rowing. Dianna began coaching with the Masters team at ZLAC after she returned to San Diego in 2018, and is truly honored to have the opportunity to return to Junior rowing. In addition to her rowing experience, Dianna brings 10 years of teaching and advanced degrees in Education to her coaching practice.
Demitra “Demi” Good began rowing at ZLAC in her sophomore year of high school. She had fallen in love with the sport during a summer Learn to Row class, and that passion only grew stronger as she practiced, learned, and competed. Demi transitioned to being a coxswain for the UCSB Men's Rowing team in college, where she learned how to see the boat from a different perspective. In 2015, she earned her undergraduate degree in English and won the Men's Collegiate Club V8 race at San Diego Crew Classic - a goal she'd had for seven years, ever since the first time she attended the regatta with ZLAC. After college, Demi began coxing with Chinook Performance Racing as a standing member of their men's team. Coach Demi's favorite thing about rowing is finding the peace in the chaos, whether it is the quietness in the morning, the focus during an erg piece, or the intense stillness between "Attention" and "GO!”
Upcoming Learn to Row Classes
+ I'm a male, can I row at ZLAC?
Sorry, we are a women's rowing club! However, we have one open water double that is available for men to use with a ZLAC member.
+ It’s raining, do you still go out and row?
Yes — we row in the rain! Learn To Row classes meet as scheduled, rain or shine. If severe lightning, fog, wind, or storms are present, rowers will not be permitted on the water. Instead the class or practice is moved into the boathouse where we can get a workout on the ergs or using weights.
+ I’m coming to row at ZLAC, what should I wear?
We recommend you dress in layers. San Diego can be cold in the early morning or after the sun sets. Dress appropriately for the weather, including a windbreaker if necessary. It's easiest if you are able to shed layers quickly as you begin to warm up. Your rowing clothes will likely get dirty and wet. Your outfit should be comfortable and snug. It should allow you to move freely but should not be baggy. Be sure to bring socks with you to wear once the boats are launched.
+ Where should I park?
ZLAC has a small parking lot that is for rowers and club members only. If your car is left in the lot past practice times and is not recognized by the resident manager (or there are no ZLAC stickers present on your car), you may be towed. When the lot fills up, there is always free street parking within the surrounding blocks. Please do not park in the lot if there is a black and yellow checkered flag at the entrance to the lot (this means there is an event at the clubhouse).
+ Can I rent your clubhouse for my wedding/party/memorial/event?
Yes! ZLAC is located on Sail Bay on the north shore of Mission Bay in beautiful San Diego. Our clubhouse offers a unique setting for your next event. The clubhouse, built in 1932, is a traditional Craftsman style designed by Lilian Rice with a unique redwood interior, historic rowing decor, and a scenic view of Mission Bay. More info here.