Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Welcome to our FAQ section. Questions are listed below. If you would like the answer, please scroll down.

Adult Learn to Row
1.      I’m signing up with a partner/friend/significant other; can we be in the same boat? 
2.      Do I get to try a single?
3.      I really liked the Learn to Row course, what does it cost to join the club? 
4.      Do you offer sweep courses?
5.      I have 8 friends that want to row but your lessons don’t fit our schedule. Can you accommodate us outside your regular lesson hours? 
6.      I can’t swim, can I still row? 
7.      Do you recommend sculling or sweeping? 
8.      I’m very experienced in a kayak/canoe/sailboat etc., can I go straight to the recreation program? 

Youth Camps
1.      It says the minimum age requirement is 13. My son/daughter is 12 years old, can she enter the program? 
2.      Are they actually on the water for the entire 8 hours of camp? 
3.      How many youths in a camp? 
4.      What qualifications do your instructors have?
5.      How can my child continue with rowing after the youth camp? 

Members
1.      Do I need my own boat? 
2.      I already have my own boat, can I store it at the club?
3.      How many youths in a camp? 
4.      I’d like to look great in some Calgary Row Club clothing. When are orders placed? 
5.      Will my clothing order be delivered to my house? 

If your question isn't answered here please email us: office@calgaryrowing.com


Adult Learn to  Row 

1.      I’m signing up with a partner/friend/significant other; can we be in the same boat?
Because there are many factors (weight, weather, ability, etc) that must be considered when creating boats during a Learn to Scull we can’t guarantee you will be placed in the same boat for that would allow you to row together.

2.      Do I get to try a single?

Isn’t that always the way? You’re in a relationship, you want to be single; you’re single, you want a relationship. It’s a no win. Well we’ll do our best to get you winning. If weather and skill level allows for it, then you may be placed in a single. We do not place Learn to Row members in singles during May or September however, due to cold, windy and rough water conditions

3.      I really liked the Learn to Row course, what does it cost to join the club?

Well we’re just tickled pink you enjoyed our company! Just for that we’ll offer a $100  Learn to Row credit off the membership cost. 2012 Calgary Rowing Club Membership is $615. That provides you with access to the building facilities (washrooms and weight room) boats and oars, as well as year round coaching. Not a bad deal! We pro-rate membership fees at a rate of $10/week starting from the first of May.

4.      Do you offer sweep courses?

Sure! Then you can start mopping and dusting the place after! Oh, you mean sweep rowing! Oh, okay, I got ya. Well, we don’t offer sweep courses on the schedule but if you have 4 or preferably 8 people wanting to sweep we can organize a special lesson group for you.

5.      I have 8 friends that want to row but your lessons don’t fit our schedule. Can you accommodate us outside your regular lesson hours?

Yes, we have a few friends willing to coach you. Give us a call at 403-249-2880.

6.      I can’t swim, can I still row?

Well I can’t juggle but I still seem to look like a clown sometimes. So yes, you can row even if you can’t swim. We supply inflatable PFD’s and our coaches are safety trained to ensure you will be safe in case of an accident.

7.      Do you recommend sculling or sweeping?

Normally I recommend a full-bodied red with a rib-eye done medium but in this case I would recommend sculling. Because the recreational and competitive rowing programs in Calgary focus on sculling, it would be the most beneficial for you.

8.      I’m very experienced in a kayak/canoe/sailboat etc., can I go straight to the recreation program?

No. Rowing is a different animal altogether. Feral rowing can be quite temperamental and hard to control. But once our Learn to Scull coaches teach you the basics, you’ll have a gentle, graceful beast at your hand – ready to take on the rec program.


Youth Camp 

1.      It says the minimum age requirement is 13. My son/daughter is 12 years old, can she enter the program?

Give us a call at 403-249-2880.

2.      Are they actually on the water for the entire 8 hours of camp?

No, there isn’t enough room in the boats for their lunch so we do come in for that. Seriously though, the camp participants will likely be on the water for a maximum of 4 hours per day. Remember sunscreen! The other hours will be spent on land learning more about rowing, or doing dryland activities like capture the flag.  

3.      How many youths in a camp?

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchu... okay, okay, I know you’re just looking for an answer. Our camps won’t have more than 20 youths. This makes the camps a good size which allows our instructors to coach each participant on the water, and still have a big enough group to play soccer with.  

4.      What qualifications do your instructors have?

Well, one of our instructors has been raised on the reservoir since she was 7, but both our instructors have their boating licences and up-to-date Standard First Aid and CPR. Additionally our two main instructors have both been obsessed with rowing for 4+ years.

5.      How can my child continue with rowing after the youth camp?

You could just leave them here, or you could sign them up for our recreational or junior rowing programs. Talking to your child’s camp instructor will be helpful in determining which program your daughter or son should join next.

Members 

1.      Do I need my own boat?

No we will supply you with a boat and oars. The only thing we won’t give you is a ride here.

2.      I already have my own boat, can I store it at the club?
Free boats!? We’ll take that anytime! We currently have a waiting list for boat storage space at the club. To be put and remain on the waiting list there is a $150 deposit. If you decide to remove yourself from the waiting list your $150 deposit will be returned to you, or can be credited towards another club cost. Once we have space in the club, you will be notified and your $150 deposit can go towards your seasonal $315 boat storage fee.

3.      How much is it to become a member?
Some members here think that the CRC membership is priceless and the experience they have here is unforgettable. Our executive is a big fan of numbers through, so they like to put a price on things. 2013 membership cost is $615. Best explanation is at our Members page

4.      I’d like to look great in some Calgary Row Club clothing. When are orders placed?
We place an order in April and one in September. If you believe there is enough interest then you may approach us about one during the season as well.
You may also choose to go to regattasport.com and place an order yourself.

5.      Will my clothing order be delivered to my house?
We wish regatta sport was that fancy, but unfortunately they aren’t. You will have to pick up your clothing order at the rowing club.


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