Promoting Wellness, Learning, and Lifestyle

Community Rowing of San Diego (“CRSD”)

The first rowing club in the United States, Narragansett Boat Club was founded in 1838. Fifty years later, the sport of rowing had spread all the way across the continent to San Diego, where in 1888 its first boat club was formed. Four years later its second club was formed.

In the intervening years, San Diego County’s population has increased 100 times, from just over 30,000 to over 3 million. But until 2012 and the formation of Community Rowing of San Diego, the number of rowing clubs remained unchanged.

Our Mission

The Mission of Community Rowing of SanDiego

is to make the sport of rowing available to all residents of San Diego and in so doing to make San Diego the rowing capital of the United States and ultimately of the World, because we have the people, we have the water, and we have the weather–and because the children of San Diego deserve the opportunities and life-lessons that rowing can provide.

The Imperative

We have the people,

we have the water, we have the weather–and the citizens of San Diego deserve the opportunities and life-lessons that rowing can provide.



the number of high school and high-school affiliated programs serving our youth.


the size, number, capabilities, and services of rowing facilities in San Diego County, including a central CRSD boathouse at South Shores Park on Mission Bay, and satellite facilities in North and South County.


venues for local, state, national, international rowing competition.

Board of Directors

Left to Right: Mia Gonzales, Carl Balediata, Peter Fayette, Meryl Chaffee, Dave Frost, Art Sloate


Shane Farmer

Shane Farmer


Shane is a competitive rower and Crossfit Rowing coach.

He established and leads Darkhorse Rowing to train thousands of people in proper indoor rowing skills.

Shane is an acknowledged advocate for fitness and personal development for indoor and on-water rowers of all ages.

Carl Balediata

Carl Balediata

Board Member

Carl Balediata, a beginning/recreational rower and immigration attorney of over 17 years in the San Diego area, is a recent addition to our Board of Directors. In addition to his daily law practice, Mr. Balediata supports community empowerment by providing legal workshops for low income and indigent communities with the Community Law Project at California Western School of Law, and therefore strongly believes in the Mission of CRSD.

Heather Huckaby


Heather Huckaby serves as the Athletic Director for Sweetwater Union High School.

She established an innovative Aquatics Physical Education Program for her high school and the Swwetware Unified High School District of 12 high schools, and is leading the formative buildup of a Sweetwater Red Devils competitive crew.

She also was instrumental in establishing San Diego’s Erg Education program which began in October 2018

Arthur Sloate

Arthur Sloate

Vice President

Arthur Sloate is a competitive Rower, certified personal trainer, Juniors Coach for Cathedral Catholic High School and small business owner (as a professional photographer).  He coordinates all prep rowing efforts for CRSD which are growing yearly.  In 2014 – High Tech High Chula Vista began its rowing program, joining the Gompers Preparatory Academy and CCHS.
Peter Fayette

Peter Fayette

Director Emeritus

Peter Fayette is an attorney/entrepreneur. He lives in the San Diego neighborhood of Clairemont, with his wife Sandra, and their two children, Zoie and Shane, ages 20 and 18.  Peter founded and was the Chairman and CEO of Televator Corporation; a San Diego based new media company launched in January 2000. He remained in that role until September 2007, when the Televator board voted to move the company’s headquarters to Burlington, VT. While Peter was born and raised in Vermont, he chose to keep his family in San Diego.  Peter’s legal and professional experience within the framework of non-profits began just after graduation from law school (1990) when he was elected to the board of directors of the City Heights Community Development Corporation. He remained on the board until 1993. In 1995, he was elected to sit on the board of the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF).
He spent 10 years with the GQHF helping it become a financially viable and diverse community-based organization whose mission was to promote the cultural and historical significance of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
Finding satisfaction working in the non-profit sector, Peter made a presentation to the Hickman Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) board in October 2010, and offered his professional services and expertise to take on a large-scale redevelopment project at Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa.
Peter received his BA in Political Science from San Diego State University in 1987. He went on to the University of San Diego School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1990.
Dave Frost

Dave Frost


Dave Frost continues his active support of non-profit organizations and public benefit causes via: The SD Maritime Museum, Kiwanis International, The Armed Services YMCA of San Diego, and also the San Diego Rowing Club(SDRC). He served on the SDRC Board for three years, and was the Club’s President from 2010-2011. He successfully pursued grants for that venerable service Club – to expand rowing in this region for military and veteran athletes – including physically challenged individuals.
His professional chapters in business and adult learning assignments as an adjunct faculty professor are enablers for the CRSD missions.
He is a Masters Rower with national and international Medal experiences.
Dave offers his certification as a Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach to better represent our targeted youth.
Mia Gonzales

Mia Gonzales

Board Member

Mia Gonzales is a seasoned communications professional working with a global public relations firm for nearly 20 years in developing and implementing public relations initiatives for major companies across diverse industries. Mia has been a resident of South San Diego for the past 15 years and is an aspiring rower. Learning from her childhood experiences growing up in Southern California as an immigrant from the Philippines, she understands the importance of motivating our youth to fulfill their potential and become active and positive citizens of society. As such, Mia is a supporter of community programs, like Community Rowing of San Diego, that provide opportunities for underserved youth to realize their strengths and abilities and enhance their self-esteem.

CRSD welcomes interested candidates for our open Director positions.

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