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:  info@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.


Parent’s Information Meeting: Date TBD

  • 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


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.

If you participated in the 2020 Spring High School or the Fall High School Learn-to-Row programs there will be no charge for winter training, but you still must register for this program. There may be additional fees associated with indoor rowing competitions and tank rowing.

See GRC Program Fees

Forms: Download, print and complete the following forms:

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 Row Ontario and Rowing Canada Aviron.

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