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Masters Summer Camp

General Camp Info

The Dolphin Masters Racing Camp is designed for the adult sweep rower looking to significantly improve their competitive success in rowing. Instruction and coaching will be geared to the experience level and talents of each master’s athlete. The camp includes two or three daily training sessions and one active seminar centered on the mental skills associated with racing at your best. Rowers and coxswains alike are video-taped, to review and evaluate the crew’s performance on the water as well as their own personal performance and technical execution after every rowing session.


This is a great opportunity for several team members, or even an entire crew, to work on building race specific fitness while focusing on the technical and tactical aspects that contribute to performing at your best. Every effort will be made to row you and your teammates in a specific group, or lineup, within a big boat or as an entire standalone crew. This will ensure we see you moving with teammates and can help you all develop the necessary synchronization in thought and movement required on the race course. If you are not traveling with teammates, don’t worry, we will build a lineup based on skill levels that will ensure an amazing learning opportunity with knowledge and experience you can bring back to your club or crew at home.


There will be two on-water sessions each day with a focus on racing performance and fitness. Water sessions will focus on themes like power application, distance per stroke, speed work that includes racing starts, power moves, and sprinting. We will also cover winning strategies as we discuss racing tactics and profiles. The afternoon training session when scheduled will be indoors to address ways we can support our competitive performance on the race course via work in the weight room, on the ergs, or on recovery techniques post workout. While we will be developing skills, this is not a skills camp. We will be moving boats at top speed and completing workouts that will require your full effort.


We will utilize facilities on Jacksonville University’s campus, notably the beautiful Negaard Rowing Center and the Jacksonville University Strength & Conditioning Center. All sessions will be scaled accordingly to the individual master’s athlete as needed.


Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Derek Mann. He will address the camp Friday and Saturday. The topics will be related to the field of sports performance psychology for the adult athlete. The staff will also lead discussions on real time topics with their respective crews and during our camp Happy Hour at the end of each day. Our athletes will have the option of staying in the camp sponsored hotel or make their own residential accommodations.


The directors of the camp have well over 40 years of combined coaching experience. Coach Mike Lane has coached all over the country from high school, to masters, to collegiate athletes. Currently Lane is the director of rowing and head women’s coach at Jacksonville University. His varsity women are the fastest team in JU history, most recently winning the MAAC Conference championship every year he has been the Head Coach as well competing at the NCAA Championships. He was named MAAC Coach of the year in 2016, 2017, & 2018. Prior to JU Lane spent 12 years at the University of Pennsylvania where he led the women’s team to the best finish within the Ivy League dating back to 1982. Lane has also coached at MIT, Everett Rowing Association (Everett, WA), & Lake Lanier Rowing Club (Gainesville, GA).


Director Paul Bugenhagen has been the Head Coach of Hobart College for 7 years. Under his leadership Hobart Rowing has enjoyed unprecedented success and become one of the Top 20 men’s programs in the country. Coach Bugenhagen’s crews have won 6 consecutive Liberty League Championships and 7 NIRC Championships. Bugenhagen has been named the Liberty League Coach of the Year four times and the NIRC Coach of the Year twice. He has mentored 3 USA National Team members during his time at Hobart. Prior to leading the Hobart program he was the Head Coach of Bucknell University Men’s Crew. The 2009 ACRA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year oversaw the development of five ACRA All-Americans and a Dad Vail championship crew. Additionally, Bugenhagen spent three summers as the head coach of the pre-elite program at the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. At Vesper, he coached 8 U.S. National Champion crews and 10 crews to gold medals at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Bugenhagen has spent four summers as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team. Prior to Bucknell, Bugenhagen spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Princeton University. He also has served as the head coach of the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association in Princeton, N.J where he guided the master’s women to several US Masters National Championships.

Camp Highlights:

  • Welcome Dinner and Happy Hour
  • Technically intensive rowing sessions
  • Learn strategies & tactics that can give you the edge of race day
  • Coxswains get the chance to work and learn from the inside what works and what doesn’t on race day
  • Top notch boathouse to work at for both indoor and on the water activities
  • Concentrated video analysis of your stroke
  • Complimentary land sessions focused on mobility and strength.
  • Seminars which can include talks on nutrition, rigging, sports psychology and much more
  • End of the Day activities which can include: Happy Hours, Jazz Piano, Magician, and a Saturday evening excursion (extra costs)
  • Row on the beautiful St. John’s River! See Dolphins Daily!
  • Working with top coaches from around the country!


Eight workouts on the water with coaches and video feedback in January! What could be more fun? Seriously, your head will be so full of great metaphors and lessons to help you master the details of being a better rower that even erging will seem interesting. I signed up for the Winter session to help me stay motivated during the dark cold days of January. Definite win. Looking to come back next year with my whole boat.

The coach to rower ratio, the knowledgeable and charismatic coaches, rowing a pair in circles, and of course being coached by an Olympian with two gold medals! I learned something new from every single coach - they are all very talented teachers

It’s not every day you get to train with an Olympian and a group of world class coaches. Dolphin Rowing Camp made me feel like a professional athlete for a weekend. From the high caliber coaching, to the guest speakers on sports psychology and nutrition, it was an amazing experience.

Amazing!! This camp was both informative and inspiring. The specific feedback and video review provided by highly qualified coaches helped me make positive changes in my rowing stroke in real time. We learned so much from the guest speakers and received great inspiration from our time with an Olympic Champion. After each full day of rowing and learning, we had so much fun bonding with fellow rowers at happy hour, dinner, and local excursions. 
I can't wait to come back next year!

Loved this experience! I am a different rower leaving camp than when I arrived. I could never have made that kind of progress in the rowing program I'm in at home. Thank you all so much!

I learned so much at this camp through many different methods, coaching from the boat, video and through conversations with the coaches. The coaches made themselves available to talk and seemed really invested in improving your skill as a rower, no matter your age or fitness level. I can't wait for next year!

Rowing is a sport you can practice for decades and never perfect. I can't believe how much I learned in such a short time at Dolphin Rowing Camp! I felt completely supported as an athlete and as a learner. The feedback from individual coaches was invaluable. I can't wait to come back next year and practice some more!

I truly believe that getting a variety of coaching is beneficial to everyone. Every coach is different and they have different input. I went back home super pumped up - started a work out journal and no matter what happens this season, I think about the camp experience and I am motivated to do my very best. Camp is like a 're-boot' and we all need that from time to time.

There are not enough great things I can say about the Dolphin Rowing Camp experience I had this year. Coaches were first class and the expertise they brought to the group, manner of motivation and great feedback left you with no other choice but to become a better rower by the end of it all. I can't wait to go back and see what else I can learn next year. Thank you for such a fantastic experience!

Transportation - Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)

Air Transportation

You have three options flying into Jacksonville – Jacksonville International (20mins to boathouse), Saint Augustine Airport (50mins), & Orlando International Airport (2 ½ hours to boathouse).

Ground Transportation:

All the major car companies are available for rent at Jacksonville & Orlando Airports. Please consult those websites directly for pricing information.

Camp Schedule


All athletes will register at the Negaard Boathouse, 2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32201 between 5-:530pm on Thursday


5:30pm Happy Hour – Dolphin Camp Signature Drinks of the Camp!
5:45pm Facility Tour
6:00pm Opening Remarks / Masters Athlete Presentation
7:00pm Italian Pasta Dinner
8:30pm Wrap Up


6:15am Arrive at boathouse
6:30am Warm up Routine
7:15-8:45am Rowing Session 1
9:00-9:45am Light Breakfast / Espresso Bar / Video Review
10am – 11:30am Rowing Session 2
11:45am – 12:15pm Video Review
12:30-3:00pm Afternoon Break
3:15-4:30pm Indoor Session 1
4:45pm – 6:00pm Key Note Talk
6:00pm – 8:30pm Dinner / Evening Entertainment TBD


6:15am Arrive at boathouse
6:30am Warm up Routine
7:15-8:45am Rowing Session 1
9:00-9:45am Light Breakfast / Espresso Bar / Video Review
10am – 11:30am Rowing Session 2
11:45am – 12:15pm Video Review
12:30 – 1:45pm Lunch & Key Note Talk
2:00pm – 3:15pm Indoor Session 2
3:30-6:00pm Afternoon Break
6:15pm Saturday Evening Excursion – TBD (Extra Cost)


6:15am Arrive a boathouse
6:30am Warm up Routine
7:15-8:45am Rowing Session 1
9:00-9:30am Light Breakfast / Espresso Bar / Video Review
9:45am – 11:00am Rowing Session 2 – RACE DAY
11:00 – 12pm Wrap Up
1:00pm Late Checkout from Hotel


  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or visor
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Running sneakers
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Socks… lots of them!
  • Bathing suit
  • Small bag to bring change of clothes to boathouse
  • Athletic Clothing
    • Rowing shorts of your choice or a unisuit.
    • Light, breathable t-shirts or tank tops.
    • Morning conditions could be cool. Bring long tops and bottoms just in case.

Special Activities:

Our Social Chair, Burton Whicker, will not only help reveal hidden insights in your rowing, but he will make sure every day of camp ends with a smile and joy in your heart! Our resident mixologist, jazz pianist, and all around great guy is the host with the most.

  • Our Thursday Pasta Dinner will come with a signature set of mixed drinks by Burt.
  • Our Friday Happy Hour will be a relaxing end to the day with a beer and wine happy hour along with a team dinner. We will also entertain you with a surprise for the evening!

Saturday Evening:

Our Saturday evening event is an optional addition to your camp package (details on how to add this will come out at a later date or email us if you have questions). We are exploring many options for the Saturday evening activity.

2018 Excursion – Sunset Cruise on group pontoon boat included tour of Jacksonville and on to Intuition Ale Works for brewery tour and happy hour.

2017 Excursion – Traveled by van to St. Augustine – the oldest city in America - where they did a Christmas Light Trolley Tour and explored Historic St. Augustine.

Master’s Camp Policies


Enrollment is limited to 4 coxswains and 32 experienced rowers. Priority is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp registration will be secured when the down payment of $100 is received. Down payments will be accepted until September 1st and then payments will be due in full. There will be a wait-list created in case of cancellations.


All requests for cancellation must be made via e-mail at dolphinrowingcamp@gmail.com. All monies paid, with exception of a $200 administrative fee, will be refunded provided the notice of cancellation is received one month prior to the start of camp. No refunds will be provided less than one month prior to the start of camp. In the event that there are less than 16 athletes registered by November 15th we reserve the right to cancel the camp so that we can ensure an outstanding experience for all.

**If you need to reach Director Mike Lane for any reason during camp please call the camp phone (215) 429-6624


**Group discount of 5 or more from your club will receive $50 off each registration*


We anticipate using:
Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville
Address: 9815 Lantern St, Jacksonville, FL 32225
Phone: (904) 247-6782

You will have one of three options for housing:

  1. Find your own place to stay.
  2. Select the shared room option under registration and be paired with another camper either someone you requested, or we will pair you with someone with similar interest. (We will make rooms based on when you registered, if you happen to be the last person and we have an odd number you will then be given the option of paying for your own room or finding other housing.)
  3. Select the private room option and you will have your own room in the Marriott.