Spring High School Rowing

Due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus, and following the guidance of Row Ontario and Rowing Canada, as well as our public health agencies, we unfortunately have to postpone registration for the High School Rowing Program until further notice. Please watch for further updates as we learn more.
Thank you for your understanding.
-GRC President

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, 2019.

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.

  • Sunday, May 12 – Mother’s Day Regatta – St. Catharines
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 18, 19 – South Niagara High School Invitational – Welland
  • Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2 – Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association – St. Catharines

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 :

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.

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.