High School Rowing Winter Training

This program is a physical training program for the spring on-the-water rowing program. The program runs from mid-January to mid-April, Monday to Friday, 6:00 am to 7:15 am at the Guelph YMCA/YWCA.

CONTACT:  highschool@guelphrowing.ca

WHO: This program is designed for high-school athletes as training for the spring competitive rowing season.

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


WHEN: Compulsory Parents Information Meeting: Wednesday, Jan 9, 6:30 pm (sign in) 6:45 (meeting starts) at the YMCA/YWCA boardroom. Adults and students must sign in and have photo ID with them before the meeting begins. Please bring completed forms, downloadable from the links below.

Indoor training begins Monday, Jan 14, 2018, 6:00 am to 7:15 am. Coaching available Monday to Friday, 6:00 am to 7:15 am.

The program runs until early to mid-April when it becomes possible to get on the water.

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

The program includes:

  • core strengthening
  • bike spin class
  • erging (rowing machine)
  • some weight training
  • opportunity to compete at indoor rowing competitions

REGISTRATION DETAILS: All participants must register with both the Guelph YMCA/YWCA and the Guelph Rowing Club.

YMCA/YWCA registration special for rowers (for those not already members):

  • One month $43.51 (includes HST)
  • Two months $87.01(includes HST)
  • Three months $130.52(includes HST)
  • Four months $174.02(includes HST)

With each of the above choices, memberships will be paid in full and automatically end after their term. You will not have to cancel; memberships will simply run out. Membership runs from the date of the month you sign up to the following date of the month, i.e. January 11 to February 11.

FEE: See GRC Program Fees

Bring a parent and student I.D. to register at the Y, before attending class.

Forms: Download, print and complete the following forms:

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

Please bring the completed forms to the Information Meeting on January 9 at the YMCA/YWCA.

Register with the Guelph Rowing Club here (note: if you participated in the 2018 spring competitive program or the fall learn-to-row program there will be no charge for winter training)

Registration page

NOTE: 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.