Junior Program (10-18 years)

Our Junior program trains rowers aged 10-18 years in a variety of rowing shells from singles, to doubles, quads and the big 8s. Some regattas will have more specific age divisions or novice events. Junior A events are U19 (in the calendar year) and Junior B events are U17 and Junior C events are U15. The program has an open door policy, come when and as often as you can. The more you come, the faster you get fast!


  • On-water rowing season: May 1 – October 31
  • Indoor season: November - April

Junior Athlete Development Pathway

Novice Program:

  • For athletes that have no prior rowing experience
  • Program goal: Learn to Train stage of athlete development & Fun!
  • Athletes are able to join us the first Monday of every week throughout spring/summer/fall
  • Training times: Friday 8AM, Sunday 12-2
  • Athletes will graduate the program after having attended at least 3 practices or after all the basic rowing commands and skills have been learned
  • Athletes and parents must print and sign the waiver found at calgaryrowing.com/formsdocs and bring it to the first practice
  • Email office@calgaryrowing.com to start the program
  • Athletes will learn:
    • Rowing on the indoor rower to practice body sequencing
    • Rowing in the water tank to practice sculling skills
    • All safety language and skills/drills associated with rowing
    • Flow pattern, PFD usage and safety rules of the CRC
    • Handling equipment, carrying boats and oars safely
    • Basic on-water rowing skills in a single (one-person boat), double (two-person boat), quad (four-person boat) or eight (nine-person boat)

Development Program

  • For athletes that have completed the Novice Program
  • Practices are all on water, barring weather
  • Athletes will remain in the Development program until the end of summer or until coaches are confident that athletes will be able to keep up safely with the Competitive group
  • Training times: Monday, Thursday 4:45-6:15PM and Saturday 9-11AM
  • Email office@calgaryrowing.com to start the program after Novice Program – registration with the Junior program is required
  • Youth Camp graduates join the Development group
  • Athletes can compete in the Novice regatta in June and at AB Open and potentially at BC Champs based on Coaches’ discretion
  • Athletes will:
    • Develop on-water rowing skills in a single (one-person boat), double (two-person boat), quad (four-person boat) or eight (nine-person boat)
    • Learn how to be able to operate various boat classes safely and with confidence
    • Be able to complete the RCA skills test and complete workouts on-water
    • Learn to train for rowing and learn to compete
    • Learn how to row in time with others in both sweep and scull rowing
    • Have fun and build crew unity
    • Learn how to get back into a single after capsizing
    • Gain racing experience through exposure at local and regional regattas and learn RCA rules of racing
    • Have mastered all of the boat handling and boat operating skills

                    Competitive Program

                    • For athletes that have completed the Development program and have mastered skills to be able to effectively participate in workouts
                    • Athletes can train 6-9 times per week during the summer
                    • Athletes are in the train to compete and train to win stages of athlete development
                    • Athletes participate in local, regional and national regattas including BC Champs, Regina Sprints, Canadian Henley, Head/Tail of the Gorge and National Rowing Championships
                    • Rowers are comfortable in all boat classes
                    • Focus of training is on improving rowing skills and finding speed on the water

                    Indoor rowing season

                    • November to April
                    • Athletes will be able to join us on the first Monday of every week
                    • Athletes will participate in:
                      • Rowing on the indoor rower to practice body sequencing
                      • Age-appropriate weight training
                      • Circuit training
                      • Rowing in the water tank to practice sculling skills

                    Graduating the Junior Program

                    Graduates of the Junior program (over 19 in the calendar year) can move on to university rowing program such as the one at the University of Calgary Rowing program or the CRC Senior Program.

                    Regattas and Competitions

                    Local regattas include Calgary and Edmonton. Regional regattas include Regina and Victoria, while the pinnacle of rowing competition takes place in St. Catherine's at the Canadian Henley Regatta. Athletes with the talent and determination to take it to the next level can go on to compete at the Canadian Junior National Team Trials. Check out our regatta calendar for dates!

                    All competitions and regattas are optional. All travel expenses and associated regatta fees are covered by the athlete (or parents). Information about the travel details and specifics of who should attend each event is provided by the Junior Program Coach.


                    Junior Program Coach Chris Davidson has been developing CRC Junior athletes for over decade. Chris is a certified RCA Performance Coach with a Masters degree in exercise physiology and is the Master Learning Facilitator Rowing Coaching Certification Courses in the Prairies. He is also a high school teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. A former Canadian National Team member, Chris represented Canada for 11 years at World Championships and the Sydney Olympics Games in 2000. Joining Chris as Assistant Junior Program coaches are Alexandra Marchuk (RCA Performance Coach certification in progress) and Douglas Doyle Baker, both are current CRC Senior rowers. Our In-Training Coaches Miranda Kirker, Trevor Bartoli and Olivia McMurray will assist the Junior Coaching Team and spearhead the Novice Program.


                    Our membership year runs from May 1 - April 30 of the next year. Juniors are welcome to join during the on-water season (May - October) or the off-water season Nov - April). We are currently updating our Novice and Competitive program structure so please contact our Club Manager at office@calgary should you have any questions about joining the Junior program.

                    For membership fees, please see HERE.

                    Required Equipment

                    The only equipment required of members is a belt pack PFD (lifejacket). The City of Calgary requires PFD's be worn on the Glenmore Reservoir. The requisite "Fanny-pack-style-CO2 cartridge" PFD's are available at Mountain Equipment Co-op or AutoMarine for ~$140. Loaner PFD's are available from the club for Novice Program participants. It is the expectation that all athletes own his/her own pfd.


                    Please e-mail the CRC Club Manager: office@calgaryrowing.com

                    Weekly updates, training programs and information about upcoming events will be posted in the Facebook Group "Calgary Rowing Club - Juniors", please click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CalgaryRowingClubJuniors/ and just ask to join to get in the loop! Chris will be happy to add you. Parents, and any who do not use Facebook, can still get the same weekly update via email by self-enrolling in the: CRC Junior Parents/Guardians Contact List from this website. (It's kind of like registering for a free "event" in our system that never ends).

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