Lake Merritt Youth Rowing

Lake Merritt Youth Rowing (LMYR) offer youth ages 12-18 the chance to try the great sport of rowing on beautiful Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland! Participants row in 8- or 4-oared sweep rowing shells and smaller sculling boats that help build technique and skills in a fun, safe environment.

The Fall and Spring sessions give youth and families a positive after-school experience that they can rely on, with continuous year-round coaching, and the opportunity to build their rowing skills and master this rewarding sport. Summer offers immersive half-day camps for rowers of all abilities in week-long sessions.

session dates:

FALL 2019 SESSION - $450
September 3 - November 27
SPRING 2020 SESSION 1 - $300
DATES TBA - Check back for opening of registration
SPRING 2020 SESSION 2 - $300
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Practices take place twice a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:45-5:45pm

Payment plans and/or fee waivers are available upon request. 
Apply for a Youth Rowing Fee Waiver here.



Required Forms:

A Signed Athletic Waiver and Completed Swim Test. Please print out and bring it to the first day of the session.  (Athletic Waiver in Spanish available here.)

Need to take a Swim Test? Click here

Oakland Aquatics will schedule a free test for all LMRC rowers! They will even teach you to swim and they offer scholarships to anyone who needs financial assistance with lessons. Just submit this form.


No rowing experience is needed for any youth rowing session. Swim test, waivers, and class fees must be received prior to the class. Participants without a completed Swim Test will wear a life vest provided by the program.



Got more questions? Click here! Or email


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Alexis Aiello, Co-Head Coach (Tuesdays, Wednesday): Alexis started her rowing career at RowLA in the summer going into her freshman year of high school. After rowing there for four years, she moved on to Orange Coast College. From there, she was recruited to Sacramento State University. Her passion for rowing made her interested in studying the human body and the role sports play in society. In May 2019 she graduated with a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on coaching and physical activity. In addition to coaching the youth program she also coaches the masters women at Lake Merritt and the novice women Berkeley High School.

Brandon Caesar, Co-Head Coach (Wednesdays): When not in Vietnam, Brandon lives in Berkeley with his wife and two sons. In addition to coaching the youth program at the Lake Merritt Rowing Club, Brandon also coaches the varsity women at Berkeley High School.

He started rowing at Berkeley High School in 1999 and joined the Lake Merritt Rowing Club in 2000. After high school he rowed at Orange Coast College (class of 2005) and Washington State University where he graduated in 2009. In addition to coaching various summer camps for Berkeley High School and Oakland Tech High School, Brandon coached the LMRC Summer Youth Rowing program almost every year from 2006 to 2018, coached over a year for the masters rowers at the East Bay Rowing Club, and has also coached three full years for the men's crew at Berkeley High School and one for Oakland Technical High School. Unrelated to all that he also knows Vietnamese.



Olivia Mcshea, Assistant Coach (Tuesdays): Olivia rowed competitively for 4 years with Princeton University. She placed 4th in the country in the woman's 4+ at the 2012 NCAA Championships. After rowing at such an intense level, Olivia enjoys being on the water in a different capacity.  Passing on the joys of rowing to the next generation with LMRC is one of the highlights of her week! If not coaching the youth program in the afternoon, you can find her jogging around the lake or going out for a paddle herself. 

thank you to our donors

Special Thanks to the Organizations who support Lake Merritt Youth Rowing:

Lake Merritt Breakfast Club Charitable Foundation


HElp Support us

We are always in need of donations to keep this rewarding program running. Please consider donating today!

Donations can be mailed to:

Lake Merritt Rowing Club
c/o LMYR Donation
P.O. Box 1046
Oakland, CA 94604