Youth Rowing School - Learn to Row:
This program is designed to teach boys and girls ages 10 – 14 the basics of rowing in an 8 person shell. Included will be conditioning techniques along with on water instruction. When the weather is inclement fitness oriented on-land activities will be provided. A swimming safety test is required.
Youth Rowing School - Advanced:
This program, with a low student to instructor ratio, is designed for boys and girls ages 12 - 17 who have participated in at least two (2) sessions of the Learn to Row program* and want to further build their rowing skills and fitness level. High school athletes aged 14 or older who want to develop their sculling and small boat skills are also invited to attend. The Advanced Program will focus on small boat and sculling instruction as well as training and conditioning for rowing and racing. Video analysis will be used to enhance instruction. A swimming safety test is required.
Registering for Youth Rowing School
Registering for Youth Rowing School
There are two steps to registering for the Youth Rowing School Program.
Information for Parents re: YRS 2017
Hello rowers and parents, and welcome to the 2017 season of the St. Catharines Rowing Club's Youth Rowing School! We are very excited to continue with both a beginner session and an advanced session.
Session 1: Monday July 3rd - Friday July 14th
Session 2: Monday July 17th - Friday August 4th
Session 3: Monday August 14th – Friday August 25th
Times: Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm
We ask to have rowers arrive around 8:50am to assure best use of our session. Rowers will meet instructors in the grassy area past the boathouses. Supervision is provided from 8:30 until 12:30 to facilitate drop-off and pick up of your child.
For safety reasons, if your child needs to leave the school early, please speak to the head instructor, or provide a signed note that provides permission to allow us to release them early.
Please bring both the signed Youth Rowing School Participation Waiver and the signed Youth Rowing School Code of Conduct form with you on the first day.
The swim assessment is mandatory for all of those who have not completed it in previous years. On our first day we will be administering our swim assessment after the regular rowing session. Those who need to pass the test will be escorted from the rowing club to the pool by our instructors. Parents can pick up their rower by 1:00 pm. Location: Port Dalhousie Pool. (Located behind the Lion's Club on Main St.)
The assessment is intended to ensure that all rowers feel comfortable in the water and can stay afloat in the rare chance that they should find themselves in the water. Rowers in the beginner program will be asked to tread water for 4 minutes with their rowing clothes on (e.g. shorts and t shirt) wearing a banana belt that will be supplied by the rowing school. Then they will be required to swim 4 lengths of the pool, any style, no time limit. Advanced rowers will do the same but without a banana belt.
In each session exemptions for the Advanced Rowers can be made by parents who are willing to sign off on a Swim Test Waiver expressing their confidence in their child's swimming ability. Alternately, proof of Level 8 swimming badge or equivalent is required.
All rowers in the beginner program will be asked to complete the test in their first session. If rowers are enrolled in more than one session they will only be required to complete the swim test one time.
What to Bring
Be prepared for the weather; weather on the water can range from very hot, to cool and breezy.
Parents are always welcome to stay and watch what is going on. If you have questions, feel free to ask! You can address any questions or concerns our way.
Income Tax Receipts for this program will be issued to all eligible individuals electronically at the beginning of the next calendar year. It is important to ensure that your e-mail address is current and correct in our files in order to receive this receipt.
SWIMMING SAFETY TEST REQUIRED:
A swimming safety test, held on the first day of the session, is required for all participants.
IMPORTANT SAFETY MEASURES: An instructor with coach boat and life jackets will be on the water with each rowing shell. While out in shells all participants will be required to wear "Banana Type" life preservers which are provided. Safety is our number one priority and windy days are considered to be unsafe for rowers. We will endeavour to provide quality time for students on these days.
SPECTATORS: Parents are invited to stay and watch the program. Please observe the Island rules.
Full details about the program and the swim test will be e-mailed to parents approximately one week before the program begins.
Questions or more information? Contact the program director, Marion Markarian