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About OARS

About OARS

Oakland Athletic Rowing Society (OARS) is a rowing club based in Oakland, CA. We welcome athletes from across the Bay Area to join us.

Our vision is to be a mission driven youth program that crosses the finish line first


Our mission is to provide a competitive rowing experience for youth of all backgrounds that fosters hard work, passion, and drive for the next generation of community leaders. 

OARS youth | high school girls rowers

We are committed to developing youth into community leaders

Beyond a love for the sport, we aim to develop the character of the young men and women who row with us. Many life lessons are taught through the sport - teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship, leadership, competitiveness and community awareness.

We expect and place emphasis on our rowers excelling not only on the water, but academically at school and socially within our community. As rowing is one of the top recruited sports for college, we strive to prepare our athletes to be ready for the next step in the sport. Contact us now to learn more!

In 2020-2021 season, our alumni will be rowing at Princeton, Cal, Cornell, Washington, Syracuse, Wisconsin, University of San Diego, UCSB, OCC amongst other schools.


We strive to provide a balanced program that allows for family, school and social obligations while maximizing our athletic performance.


We keep our coach to athlete ratio among the lowest in our league - allowing us to provide focused, individualized attention to every member of our team.

Oars youth | high school boys rowers

We strive to make rowing accessible to anyone interested in participating in this sport. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are interested in this amazing sport. We are a 501c(3) non-profit focused on increasing access to this sport to anyone who wants to participate EIN 81-4329845

We take immense pride in our coaching staff

Our coaches have seen first hand how powerful this sport is. Beyond it's ability to help athletes attend top colleges, we know how the sport brings structure and direction to youth.

Our coaches have a wealth of experience working with the best coaches in the world. We pride ourselves on developing athletes with a strong technical foundation to excel in this sport for years.

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