Almost anyone can row. Some rowers start as young as 11 or 12 years old, others in college and still others as adults. At the high school level there are typically novice, JV and varsity teams for both boys and girls. At the collegiate level and above, men’s and women’s teams often offer both open and lightweight divisions. Lightweight teams restrict the weight of individual rowers and of the overall crew – allowing individuals of similar size to compete against one another. Finally, age is not a restriction. There are a growing number of older rowers training and competing, with 80 year olds not an unusual site at regattas like the Head of the Charles in Boston. While competing is often a natural result for those who involve themselves in the sport, throughout the world there are rowers who simply row for pleasure, for the incredible scenery and to simply stay active. Rowing is a low-impact exercise that can be performed at a paddle or at lung-busting race pace.