These programs are designed for experienced Senior and Master rowers who are committed to training for competitive racing

Senior Competitive:

This competitive rowing program is for U23 (under 23 years of age, Sr. B) and Senior (23 years and older, Sr. A) athletes in the Training to compete (T2C) phase of Long term athlete development.

Training will include two workouts 6 days/week; 5:30-7:30 AM; PM training times TBD.

Initial crew selections will be made in early to mid-June. Final crew selection for the Ontario Championships and the Royal Canadian Henley will be determined by mid-July.  Selections will be based on fitness and ability as determined through, but not restricted to, ergometer testing, on-water technical assessments and seat racing as required.


  • Small Boat Trials (selected)
  • CORA Welland (all)
  • CORA St. Catherines (all)
  • Row Ontario Championships (selected)
  • Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (selected).

Head Coach:

Dave Leger

Athlete Eligibility

Completion of a Learn-to-Row program or High School Rowing

Athletes in this program should have previous rowing experience – racing experience is a definite asset

U17/U19 athletes with competitive experience are welcome to register

All athletes, coaches and volunteers must submit a signed GRC Safety Program Form to the program coordinator/coach prior to going on-the-water.

Masters Competitive:

GRC Masters is a competitive rowing program for rowers whose goal is to develop their rowing skill and strength and compete successfully with other masters rowers at regattas. GRC Masters rowers compete with masters rowers from clubs in Canada, the United States, and the world at regattas held locally or anywhere our rowers are motivated to compete. Local regattas provide regular opportunities throughout the summer and fall for competition that will motivate you to develop your abilities.

Masters races are typically grouped into age classes or handicapped by age and involve head-to-head, 1000 m sprint races during the summer and timed head races from 3 km to longer in the fall. Registration for a regatta involves a seat fee for each crewmember and shared transportation costs for carrying shells to the competition venue using the GRC truck and/or trailer. These costs are not great for local regattas. Local Canadian competitions are held in St Catharines, Welland, London, Guelph, Gravenhurst, Peterborough, and Ottawa.

Athlete Eligibility

The GRC Masters program is for experienced rowers 21 years of age and older who are committed to training for competitive racing during the summer and/or fall season

Prerequisite: minimum of one full season of rowing

Mandatory Safety Program

  • Every year all athletes must complete Parts A, B and C of the GRC Safety Program.
  • Part A – supervised viewing of the Rowing Canada Safety Video (usually combined with Part B);
  • Part B – attendance at a Site Safety & Emergency Procedures Meeting.
  • Part C – submit a GRC Safety Program Form [link] to the Rowing Committee prior to going on-the-water.
  • Masters athletes must be able to swim.