PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND REQUIREMENTS
This program allows our students to take an intensive Spanish language course starting at the beginning level or intermediate, and continue to practice rowing weekly at an elite level on a Spanish team under the guidance of a Spanish Olimpyc Rowing Coach.
To learn more about the city of Seville and why chose this destination to do your GAP YEAR abroad please visit our website at: http://www.saiie.com/the-school/seville-capital
- Open to Male and Female high school graduates
- Students must be rowing on their varsity team back home or at a rowing club.
- In the 2k Concept Rowing Ergometer test female student-athletes cannot exceed 7:40 and male student-athletes 6:40.
- Students must be 17 years or older at the time of their departure
- No previous knowledge of Spanish required
- Completed SAIIE application
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript, most recent grade report, or high school diploma
- Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES
Hours per week: 20hrs
Classes: Monday - Friday
Students per class: 6 to 12
Language levels: A placement exam is administered upon arrival to determine the student's Spanish level. Classes are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Courses: Spanish language classes will be held in the mornings from Mo - Fri (4 hrs per day)
At the end of the course the student will receive an official certification from SAIIE acknowledging the hours taken by the student.
It is the students responsibility to obtain credit for the course taken at SAIIE. SAIIE will help providing all materials necessary for students to obtain credit (course syllabi, professors background, etc).
ROWING ELITE PROGRAM
What makes this Rowing program different from other Rowing camps in Spain?
The Students on this rowing camp will join a Spanish rowing team with whom they will row throughout the year with.
David Cifuentes, head Coach for Club Naútico's rowing team, is one of the coaches for the under 23 Spanish national team.
Why row in Sevilla
If you are an experienced rower, you will know that the conditions of the river and weather are everything. Seville as a city is adapted to make the perfect rowing grounds to train or compete in the sport, and is actually renowned for having the best rowing training facility within Europe.
If you choose Seville, you are promised an all year-round rowing season thanks to the ideal Southern climate it hosts. What makes Seville an even more prime location for rowers is that its River, Guadalquivir, has an eventual end. It is divided off into two sections, meaning no strong currents, creating the perfect waters for rowing. Together, Seville´s weather and water conditions simulate the exact conditions that are set for the Olympics, assuring optimal rowing speed and performance.
SAIIE´s affiliation with the outstanding Club Naútico Sevilla provides an excellent network of reputable and accomplished rowers to train alongside you to develop your rowing skills further.
Finally, the one benefit that is guaranteed when placed on a Spanish rowing team is the opportunity to practice and develop your Spanish. With your teammates being Native Spaniards, your interactions with them will always be in Spanish, giving you sense of total immersion into the Hispanic culture as well as Sevillian dialect.
Where will you row?
At SAIIE, we work with the well-renowned local rowing club at Club Naútico Sevilla to help student rowers perfect their skills. The “Club Náutico Sevilla” was founded in 1952 by a group of water sports enthusiasts. Among the different sports disciplines, Rowing is one the main branches at the Club. The Club is comprised of over 8000 members, of which there are more than 300 athletes in the rowing, canoeing, sailing, basketball, and swimming sections.
SAIIE students on our Rowing program will be surrounded and integrated in a group of roughly 60 Spanish rowers from juniors to professionals and veterans. They form a varied and extensive network of athletes, making every training session and event a new and exciting learning experience. This has been the basis of the Rowing section´s successful growth within the Club over the 57 years since it was founded.
In its list of sporting achievements is the distinguished Stadium Cup (Copa Stadium), and the 1985 National Sports Award (Premio Nacional de Deportes), which was awarded to the Club for its special contribution to the development of its club sports.
Many rowers from the Club have participated in the Olympics. Here is a list of the names of past Club Nautico Sevilla´s Olympians:
- Rome 1960: José Antonio Sahuquillo, Enrique Castelló, Joaquín Real.
- Los Angeles 1984: Fernando Climent (Silver Medal).
- Seoul 1988: Fernando Climent, Enrique Briones.
- Barcelona 1992: Fernando Climent, José María de Marco, Fernando Molina, Enrique Briones.
- Atlanta 1996: Fernando Climent, José Mª de Marco (Diploma), Alfredo Girón, Juan Manuel Florido, Esperanza Márquez.
- Athens 2004: Juan Manuel Florido.
- Beijing 2008: Camila Vargas.
In 2009, The Seville City Town Hall awarded the club with the distinction of the best Club in Sevilla. The Club was named the best sports club in Andalusia in 1993, and again in 2003.
Some of the Rowing team´s major milestones include 1 Olympic Silver medal at the hands of the current president of the Spanish Rowing Federation (FER), Mr. Fernando Climent, as well as 11 Gold, 11 Silver, and 21 Bronze medals in World Championships. In Spanish Championships they have won 596 medals (203 Gold, 197 Silver, and 196 Bronze). In the 2011-2012 season, Club Náutico Sevilla was ranked in first position in the national ranking of rowing clubs by the Spanish Rowing Federation.
Meet the Head Coach
David Cifuentes is the head rowing coach for the senior team at Club Nautico. Not only is he the coach of the senior team but he oversees all other rowing teams in the club as well. In addition to his crucial role at Club Nautico, Cifuentes coaches Spain’s National Under 23 Rowing team. Previously an international rower himself, he rowed 25 times for Spain on the national team and his history of accomplishments showcase a bronze metal from the world cup in the under 23 level. He has vast experience in the rowing world. He started rowing at the age of 13 until 34 during which time he has competed in several world championships and Spanish national championships. Many rowers under his swing have competed in world and national championships. Ex. Álvaro Romero was second in the world junior champinship or Javier García and Jaime Canalejo who ended up 5th in the under 23 world championship
Rowing Program Requirements
- Students must be rowing on their varsity team back home at their school or a rowing club.
- In the 2k Concept Rowing Ergometer test female student-athletes cannot exceed 7:40 and male student-athletes 6:40.
For more information about the rowing program we offer to our students in Seville please read the following interview with the student Austin Letorney from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
How do you find the trainings in comparison to back home at Club Nautico? Do you find them at a good level? How would the level compare to an average college team in the US? In the US, you are used to only rowing in a boat with 8 people, right? At Club Nautico you row in all boats, correct? Do you find it useful that you have to row all styles or boats here? What type of exercises do you do on the river while your rowing? What about the coaching? Does David give instructions? Has he helped you? You do weights. How often (Days and hours)? Have you found these trainings useful? Do you find the weight training organized? What about the rowing machines, do you do any type of exercises or tests? You only use the rowing machines on weight days? How about running? Is running part of your trainings as well? If so, how often do you run? For how long?
The training is very different. Usually my team at home trains 2-3 times a day and all the guys are there. The training here is a lot in a little amount of time which is good. Even though there is one practice a day, the coaches pack a lot into them.
Yes. The lifts are tough, but you definitely see improvements. The rowing is a great base fitness builder and the team is technically very good.
The level is different. To compete as a top 20 program in the U.S., it takes a couple practices a day. Here, it is just different style of doing things and it works for them. It doesn’t mean one is better than the other. The two countries just have a different way of doing things.
Typically, the U.S. races in eights. However, for trainings purposes, a lot of high caliber programs train in pairs (two people) and fours. Racing in these boats occur as well, but usually not during the racing year.
Yes, at Club Naútico we row all kinds of boats, sculling (with two oars) and sweeping (with one).
Yes, it is very useful to row all kinds of boats because for the eights, fours, and pairs, it keeps me in boats that I row at school. For doubles and quads (two oared boats), it gives me a change of pace and I can row something I traditionally do not row.
Usually on the river we just row to where David, the coach, tell us. Self-coaching is big here. David will also tell us to do drills at certain points on the river which include anything from body prep drills, to rowing on the square, to pause drills.
David is a very good coach in my opinion. He has a lot of boats on the river at once so he is bouncing around from boat to boat, but he will watch you for a little, give you some things to work on, and then he will tend to another boat. This is why I said there is a lot of self-coaching. In the U.S. I am used to my coach staying with us the whole practice. No one way is better, just different.
Usually we do weights two times a week as the practice. These are very useful lifts and I have seen major improvements with my strength. It can be a little crowded in the gym, but the lifts are organized and David has groups and separate workouts for each group.
We have used the rowing machines a little bit. Some hard workouts here and there and a couple test, but definitely not as many as my team at home
Machines differ depending on what the workout is and on what day David wants to use the machines.
Running is usually for warmups on the days before lifts to get warmed up. Usually it is a short run before practice to get the muscles warm, but there is no extensive running done.
How do you find the trainings in comparison to back home at Club Nautico?
Do you find them at a good level?
How would the level compare to an average college team in the US?
In the US, you are used to only rowing in a boat with 8 people, right?
At Club Nautico you row in all boats, correct?
Do you find it useful that you have to row all styles or boats here?
What type of exercises do you do on the river while your rowing?
What about the coaching? Does David give instructions? Has he helped you?
You do weights. How often (Days and hours)? Have you found these trainings useful? Do you find the weight training organized?
What about the rowing machines, do you do any type of exercises or tests?
You only use the rowing machines on weight days?
How about running? Is running part of your trainings as well? If so, how often do you run? For how long?
PROGRAM DATES, COSTS AND PREREQUISITES
September 12: Arrive in Seville, Spain
September 13: Orientation and welcome dinner
September 14: Classes Begin at SAIIE, and rowing at Club Nautico
October 2-4: Portugal Weekend Trip
October 12: Spanish holiday
October 16: Hiking day trip
October 23-25: Weekend trip to Granada
November 1: Spanish Holiday
November 6: Ronda day trip
November 13: Córdoba day trip
November 20-22: Weekend trip to Morocco
November 27: Day trip to Itálica (Roman city)
November 28: Thanksgiving dinner
December 19: End of term, Accommodation Checkout, and First Day to Leave
December 19 – January 7: Spanish Holidays (Christmas break)
January 8: Check in back to Spanish home
January 11: Classes Begin at SAIIE, and rowing at Club Nautico
February 5: Ronday day trip
February 19-21: Granada weekend trip
February 28: Spanish Holiday
March 5: Hiking day trip
March 12-14: Weekend trip to Morocco
March 19: Itálica day trip
March 28- April 4: Spanish Holiday (Semana Santa)
April 9-11: Portugal weekend trip
April 16: Córdoba day trip
April 18-24: Spanish Holiday (Feria)
May 14: Last day of class and rowing practice
May 14: Farewell dinner
May 15: End of term, Accommodation Checkout, and First Day to Leave
APPLICATION CYCLE OPENS
Academic Year 2020/21
Program Dates: September 11, 2020 - May 15, 2021 (32 weeks)
September 11: Depart de United States
Program costs includes:
Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Out-of-Pocket Costs Include:
Students have to get a health and medical evacuation insurance and we recommend all of our students this company (CISI): https://www.culturalinsurance.com/#cultural-insurance
All students participating in our program are placed in carefully screened Spanish homes, usually in pairs. Living in a Spanish home is one of the most important aspects of the students’ intercultural experience because it helps to improve language skills and increase cultural awareness, two key goals of the program.
Naturally, adjustments with regard to customs, food, and heat must be anticipated by the students. SAIIE does take dietary and other personal restrictions into consideration when assigning students to their host family.
The principal goals of increased fluency in the language and greater familiarity with the culture are an integral element of the experience that SAIIE strives to provide. Therefore, all students must live in Spanish homes; that is, no students are allowed to live independently in their own apartments or in any other housing situation that is not approved by and under the direct supervision of the Institute's staff.
HOST FAMILY INFORMATION
All students will receive their host family information two weeks UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. The Spanish families will pick up the students at the airport and help them get to their home. If it is the case that students arrive outside the airport pick-up hours, then it is the students responsibility to get to their Spanish home.
All students will receive their roommate information UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. All students are housed with other students studying abroad at SAIIE. Each student will have 1 to 2 roommates. NO roommate information is released prior to arrival.
Students can easily walk from their homestay to SAIIE, with travel times ranging between 15 and 30 minutes. If students would like to rent a bike while in Seville, the city has an excellent bike rental program called Sevici which many past students have used.
The host family will provide breakfast and mid-day meals Monday through Friday and evening meals Sunday through Thursday. The remaining meals must be arranged and paid for out-of pocket by the student.
Internet may or may not be available in the home, but wi-fi is easily accessible at local cafes and at SAIIE.
Each student is allowed 1 load of laundry per week, which is washed by the host family.