Rowers from King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby tested themselves on open water for the first time recently.
The 16-strong group travelled to Boston Rowing Club in a step up in their training.
The students have been improving their competition fitness levels as part of the HALS (High Aerobic Low Skill) project initiated by the academy’s head of sport, Mike Irving.
The project, funded by the David Ross Education Trust, has been operating indoors throughout the winter on Concept2 rowing machines.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for our students and it is my intention to develop the squad to a point where they can compete in regattas against other schools and clubs,” said Mr Irving.
“It is my aspiration that the most talented individuals will compete in the National Junior Rowing Championships next March in 2014.
“This is a big step and an exciting development in the academy’s sporting curriculum and we are the first academy under the David Ross Foundation to offer this opportunity.
“It is David Ross’s aspiration to talent find, encourage and support students in his Education Trust in the hope that one or several will compete in the 2016 Rio Games.
“I’m pleased that we can play our part in that process. Maybe one of our rowers may make the grade”.