Spring High School Rowing

Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with guidance of Row Ontario, Rowing Canada Aviron, and public health agencies, we have had to postpone or cancel certain programs for the 2021/22 year. Please watch for further updates as we learn more.

Thank you for your understanding.

This program is designed for high school athletes as an introduction to the sport of rowing and those returning from previous rowing programs. Athletes will train for and race in local competitions.

CONTACT: highschool@guelphrowing.ca

WHO: This program is for high school athletes who want to learn and compete in the sport of rowing. Students must be in full time attendance at a high school and be under 19 years of age on January 1, 2020.

Due to coaching and equipment limitations, we are currently offering this program to students who are attending John F. Ross CVI, GCVI and Centennial CVI.  If you are from another school, please contact the coaches at the above email.

WHERE: Guelph Rowing Club boathouse, rain or shine. Membership includes access to Guelph Lake Conservation Area

WHEN: The program runs from mid-April to the CSSRA Regatta in the first week of June

Practices are held Monday to Friday 5:00 to 7:15 am and Saturday 6:00 to 8:15 am

WHAT: This program focuses on the Sport For Life Learn-to-Train and Training-to-Train phases of Long Term Athlete Development.

Participants will learn . . .

  • Safety rules and navigational protocols
  • Fundamental rowing technique
  • Learning to be a member of a crew
  • Introduction to training for and participating in competitive racing
  • Care and maintenance of equipment – racing shell and oars
  • Proper boat handling and dock procedures

Crews may compete in sprint races at three regattas during the spring season.


See Program Fees page.

Additional costs may include team uniform, regatta fees, and equipment transport.

  1. Watch this RCA video on youth rowing.
  2. Watch the RCA safety video before the first lesson.
  3. Forms: Download, print, and complete the following forms and bring them to the first lesson.

Parents and Students are also required to review Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resources:

The High School Rowing Program and associated events are under the control and supervision of the GRC and are not school-supervised events.  Participants are insured through their registration with RowOntario and Rowing Canada Aviron.