Youth Rowing School - Learn to Row:
This beginner program is designed to teach boys and girls ages 10 – 14 the basics of rowing in an 8 person shell with coxswain. 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) years of the Learn to Row program or similar or by recommendation of a rowing coach. The Advanced Program focuses on sculling and small boat instruction, as well as, training and conditioning for rowing and sculling. The program is designed for those who want to further build their rowing skills and fitness level. Secondary school athletes who want to develop sculling and small boat skills are also invited to attend. A swimming safety test is required.
Please place completed and signed Waiver in Mailbox Bay 4
Safety Videos from Rowing Canada Aviron (view to complete the RCA Rowing Waiver requirement)
Full details about the program and the swim test will be e-mailed to parents approximately one week before the program begins.
The swim assessment is mandatory for all rowers in the beginner program and for those advanced rowers who did not take the test last year. 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.
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 required to roll sideways into the water then 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. Athletes will then put on and take off a PFD in the water. Advanced rowers will do the same but without a banana belt.
In each session exemptions can be made by parents who are willing to sign provided 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 and those in the advanced who have not taken the test before. If rowers are enrolled in more than one session they will only be required to complete the swim test one time. The Swim Test waiver can be found at:
Questions or more information? Contact the program director, Marion Markarian