High School Rowing On-Water

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, 2018.

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

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

Practices are held Monday through Saturday 5:00 am to 6:30 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 will compete in sprint races at three regattas during the spring season.

  • Mother’s Day Regatta – St. Catharines

Sunday, May 13

  • South Niagara High School Invitational – Welland

Saturday and Sunday, May 19, 20

  • Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association – St. Catharines

Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3

At the latter two events, days of attendance depend on specific event participation and success in race heats and semifinals.


FEE:        see Program Fees page

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

Forms: If you have not already done so, please download, print and complete the following forms . . .

Medical Information Form

GRC Safety Program Form

GRC – Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk under 18

Letter of Acknowledgement

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.

Register with Guelph Rowing Club here.




The GRC policy is that there will be no refunds of program fees. Under special circumstances, a program fee may be partially refunded.  This is based on provision of timely, officially documented medical reasons, which cannot have pre-existed at the time of joining GRC. This decision is solely at the discretion of the Board, and subject to  deduction of fees committed on behalf of the registrant.