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ALL Practices take place at: 12901 Moss Park Rd, Orlando, FL 32832

The South Orlando Rowing Association promotes the sport of rowing in high schools throughout Southeast Orlando.  Additional programs include middle school rowing, adult rowing and adaptive rowing.

SORA provides coaching, equipment, administration and helps to work to enable parents to become active volunteers. We encourage new members to come and visit whether they receive support from a school or not.  Anyone is welcome!

COMPETITIVE YOUTH (HIGH SCHOOL)

Rowers from high schools throughout Orlando have the opportunity to practice and compete together as the South Orlando Rowing Association. This program has produced state champions and rowers who competed at the national level.

PROGRAM GOALS: Our goal is to produce the fastest boats possible while working with the individual athlete to instill a strong work ethic, pride, teamwork and a sense of responsibility.  Rowers will be grouped together according to skill level and coached accordingly. Rowers will earn seats in racing boats.

TEAM STRUCTURE:  The Novice Team is the group of rowers who are in their first year of rowing. They practice together and race other novice teams. The Varsity Team is made up of rowers who are in at least their second year of rowing. Novice rowers may be moved up to train and compete with varsity rowers when coaches deem they are ready.  All members are junior high or high school students.

PRACTICE & COMPETITION:  Practice Days (Fall): Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat (AM) - (Spring): Mon-Sat

Practice Time: 3:30-6:15 during the week and 8:00am-11:00am on Saturday (final times to be provided by boys/girls coaches at the start of the season and will be updated here)
Most competitions are on Saturdays with some travel regattas taking the weekend. 

For more information, email support@soracrew.com

SORA Middle School

One of the oldest & most successful Middle School programs in Central Florida, SORA Middle School program introduces middle school students to rowing through an organized and supportive program designed to teach skill and social development.  Participants will have the opportunity to race other middle school programs in local regattas.

PROGRAM GOALS: Our goal is to introduce middle school students to rowing in a fun and supportive environment.  Rowers will learn to properly use the erg (rowing machine), sweep (rowing with 1 oar) and sculling (rowing with 2 oars), stretching and weightlifting.  

TEAM STRUCTURE : All middle school rowers will train and practice with their group in boats of various sizes (1 person to 9 person).  SORA Jrs is the only Central Florida MS program to operate for the entire school year.  It is also the only Central Florida MS program to include Sculling (2 oars)

PRACTICE & COMPETITION: Practice is three days per week (Mon, Tues and Thurs 5:30-7:30).  Season Runs September-May. 

For more information, email support@soracrew.com

ADULT (MASTERS)

SORA Adult Rowing is a great way for adults of all ages to get or stay in shape, have fun and make friends while participating in one of best sports for building all-around fitness. Whether you're an experienced rower looking to get back on the water or new to the sport, this program will accommodate you!

Program Types: 

Masters: $85/Month-This program allows you to row as many times a week as you wish as long as there is a board member or a coach at the boathouse. We have regular groups that go out 2 times a week and are always looking for new members!

Masters Competitive: $120/Month- This program will get you the elite training you need in order to take your rowing to the next level. You will get one on one coaching to help you reach your personal goals 

NEW adult rowers are encouraged to participate first in our monthly Learn to Row class (4 sessions over 2 weeks) and then join the Adult (Masters) program that best fits your schedule.  Experienced rowers & rowers returning to rowing after time off are able to join our programs without participating in Learn to row

For more information, email lvarro@soracrew.com

VETERANS

SORA’s Veterans program is quickly growing into one of the largest veterans rowing programs in Central Florida. Because of our partnerships with the local VA hospital, USRowing, , and Freedom Rows, we can offer our local veterans a program that many other rowing clubs don’t.

Our goals:

  • To help Veterans with rehabilitation for both physical and cognitive injuries through one the water and erg rowing
  • Increase the number of disabled veterans participating and competing in adaptive and para-rowing events
  • Help veterans adapt to civilian life after returning home through team work, comradery and building a community of veteran support
Veterans Pricing: $35/Month - Our Veterans program is integrated with our Masters Program and rows as the same time they do.

Please also note, due to our location, we are able to offer a free entry  into the park for qualifying veterans - A free lifetime entry pass is available to: current military service members; honorably discharged veterans; honorably discharged veterans with a service-connected disability; the surviving spouse or parents of a military service member who died in combat; and the surviving spouse or parent of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic who died in the line of duty. An application form for Free Lifetime Entry Pass can be obtained at the gate house at Moss Park or by contacting Orange County Parks and Recreation. 


For more information, email lvarro@soracrew.com


ADAPTIVE 

The SORA Adaptive program began in 2008 and has had a lot of success getting athletes rowing on an elite level. We have trained 2 Para-rowing athletes that competed in the London 2012 Paralympic games and 1 that is training for Tokyo 2020 and recently took Silver in the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Because of our athletes, our Elite Adaptive Training Program continues to be a resource for the U.S. National Team in training and selection of athletes.

SORA has recently been named a partner and the only Paralympic Sport Club  for rowing in Central Florida. 

If you are a disabled athlete looking to row, but don't have Paralympic goals, we have programs for you as well! Our Adaptive rowers are integrated into our High/Middle school and Masters program and row when they row. We can support all categories of adaptive athletes of all levels of experience and all age groups. 


The three categories of adaptive rowers are as follows: 

PR3/LTA - Legs, Trunk, Arms
PR2 /TA - Trunk and Arms
PR1/AS - Arms and Shoulders

Adaptive Pricing: Since our Adaptive program is integrated into whatever age category the rower falls into, the pricing is the same as the the High/Middle school programs and the Masters/Veterans programs.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about adaptive rowing and if you qualify for an adaptive category. Please reach out if you have any questions about our program. 

If you are interested in supporting or joining the SORA Adaptive Program please contact  lvarro@soracrew.com

GENERAL INFORMATION

What to Wear/Bring:

  • Sneakers & Socks                               
  • Shorts (not too baggy) or spandex                    
  • Sunscreen
  • Filled Water Bottle
  • Sandals
  • T-shirt (not too baggy)
  • Hat & Sunglasses

Weather Contingency:

If there is bad weather during practice (lightning/thunder), all boats and rowers will be immediately removed from the water. Rowers will work out under cover at Moss Park for the remainder of practice or until the weather moves through.  If practice is cancelled due to bad weather (this does not happen often), a notice will be posted to Facebook (SORA crew) and sent via email.

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