Youth Programs (Spring 2020)

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Our programs value the young athlete and encourage teamwork, supporting them regardless of ability and experience. We work with those that are stepping into a boat for the first time and help them strive to be the very best they can.


Recreational Rowing

 No experience needed, all abilities are welcome. These sessions usually occur 3 times per week (Mon and Wed afternoons and Sat morning) and involve practicing on the water in rowing shells as well as working indoors on our rowing machines and on other sports equipment. This program aims to build technique, power and endurance for our new rowers. We also seek coxswains, an extremely important person who motivates, steers, directs during practices and is critical to the success of the crew.


Novice Rowing

 This is recreational rowing plus the introduction to  the competitive world of rowing. Most of our club youths are new to the sport of rowing when they started out. Many of them, some in their first few months, have medaled at the regatta races and appreciate the opportunity to compete with other  youth rowing clubs. Practice times are the same as recreational rowing.

Novice athletes will practice 3 days a week, where they will learn the basic fundamentals of rowing, along with the proper form and technique behind the stroke. In addition to that, these athletes will also learn the ins and outs of racing within the world of rowing. Novice athletes will have the opportunity to compete in 4 races throughout the fall racing season. 


Varsity Rowing

 The Varsity Program is an extension of two seasons (1 year) as a Novice. All members of the Varsity squad must have completed at least one season of racing. It is our most competitive Junior program, taking our youths’ skills and abilities with rowing to the next level.  These athletes practice 5 days a week (4 afternoons on weekdays and Sat mornings) excelling in both sculling and sweeping. Youths are required to attend all practice sessions and are accountable to their teammates for training. Varsity youth athletes will compete in a minimum of 4 regatta races during the spring season.  


NEW THIS YEAR:  Varsity and Novice Athletes will work with Go Performance Trainers for winter conditioning at Go Performance's new state of the art facility.  All fees for Go Performance have been included in Fall PTCRC Fees. 

Information for all programs

  • A swimming test is required. Every youth registred for a rowing program must be tested for swimming capability. This test is provided at Kedron Fieldhouse pool with one of our coaches. This is mandatory to ensure the safety of the youth.
  • Windy days are considered to be unsafe for rowers. We will provide alternate training exercises on those days. Sessions are cancelled due to thunderstorms and fee are calculated to include this provision.
  • Programs include learning water safety, boat rigging and maintenance.
  • Fees do not include regatta costs (race fees, travel, accommodation and meals) and uniforms.