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Welcome To Nathan Benderson Park

NBP Community Rowing Club

Rowing is a low-impact, full-body team sport that will help you exercise and build a healthy lifestyle — all while enjoying the beauty of the water!

Community Rowing

Masters Rowing: NBP’s Adult Rowing Team.

Masters rowers are a group of rowers ages 21 and up both competitive and recreational that are all focused on enjoying the water, achieving their goals, and growing as a team. Whether you want to compete or just get a workout in, this is for you!

Practice times: Mon/Wed/Thurs/Sat – 7-8:30 a.m.

New Crew SRQ: New Crew SRQ serves the Collegiate community of Sarasota through a Cross College Alliance. Through their partnership with NBP and Hudson, New Crew SRQ allows students to both compete and have fun recreationally.


Practice times: Mon-Fri – 6:30-8:15 a.m.

Sat – 7-9 a.m.

Learn To Row

Learn to Row: No experience necessary!  Learn to Row focuses on the fundamentals of rowing, including the basics of the rowing stroke and how to handle equipment. Individuals will be taken step-by-step through nomenclature, safety maneuvers, and independent boat-handling skills with the goal of you being able to join the NBP Masters Rowing Team if you choose. This six-hour course will provide a safe, engaging, and fun environment for you to learn in!

Provided by NBP:

  • Rowing equipment
  • USRowing-certified instructors, certified in first aid and CPR

Please Bring:

  • Shoes and socks
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Athletic-fit clothing (any loose clothing may be caught in the moving parts of the boat)

Participants will recieve an email with more information and class expectations after registration is submitted.


Dates: Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 26-27

Ages: 18 and older

Fee: $200



Regatta Island
Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Sarasota FL 34235

Team Building

Teamwork is a cooperative effort by members of a team to achieve a common goal. Team building occurs when a group of people with complementary personal strengths commit to achieve certain focused performance results. Dragon Boat Paddling and Rowing team building are designed to teach the basic skills required to work together as a team on the water. This experience is a fun and exciting way to work on your health and fitness while learning something new!

Let NBP lead your corporate team building event and tailor activities specific to you needs.

• Building morale
• Improving focus for intact teams
• Team building when under pressure is taught in both seminars.
• Building cross-functional teams from various disciplines and across all departments

With NBP corporate team building, training our focus is to get team members out of their comfort zone and help them to experience new awareness of their needs and how to meet them through team effort and “out of the box” training


Rowing: Your group will get to experience the ultimate team building activity, working together to move an Olympic-style rowing shell through the water. A competition component is integrated.

Dragon Boat Paddling: Participants will learn the basics of the paddling stroke before getting into the boat. Dragon Boats are essentially 22-person canoes. We have a lot of flexibility with this activity, and it is the most popular choice. A competition component is integrated.

Kayaks/Stand-Up Paddleboards/Pedal Pontoon Boat: Our third “team build” option also falls into our rental department. If you’re looking for more of a relaxed/less structured event for your group you can rent our fleet of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and pontoon pedal boat.


Rowing and dragon boating, per person: $30
Kayaks/stand-up paddleboards/pontoon pedal boat: $150 per hour (minimum two hours)
Administration fee (one-time): $70

For more information: Email programs@sanca.us


Become a member of Nathan Benderson Park and take advantage of all NBP has to offer.

Receive full access to the Finish Tower as well as a parking pass, 10% off merchandise and access to boat storage. Additional benefits available for select perks members.