Senior Program (19+)

The CRC Senior Program trains rowers with the ultimate goal of winning races at local, regional, and national regattas. Training is daily, intense, and in a variety of shells from singles, to doubles, to quads, to the big 8s.


The core session times are in the early morning's weekdays from 5:30 - 7:15 AM and Saturday's from 7-9 AM from May - October. During the on-water season, training mostly consists of on-water rowing.Depending on one's stream and aspirations, evening sessions may also be on the program. During the off-water season (winter training) from November to April, the sessions run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6:15AM - 7:15AM and Saturdays from 8-9AM. Sessions mostly consist of indoor rowing or erging, tank work and weights.


Local regattas include Calgary and Edmonton. Regional 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 compete at the Canadian National Trials.


Coach Michael Simonsen is a level III certified coach and has helped Calgary athletes achieve their rowing goals for well over a decade. Michael is the provincial Technical Director for  the Alberta Rowing Association, and a former Canadian National Team member. Coach Mike has ben awarded Rowing Canada Aviron Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016 for his successes as CRC coach and ARA Provincial director helping his athletes win 2 Henley Gold medals in 2015 and 5 Henley Gold Medals in 2016. Mike is joined by Coach Tony Toth, previously a Hungarian National team athlete, who will take care of the Senior Novice program and Mark Laidlaw, previous Canadian National Team coxswain. 


The membership year for CRC members runs May 1-April 30 ("in transit" students can access monthly memberships). The month of May is the typical entry date for this program, though with prior rowing experience, one can step into the program at any point in the year. Athletes are welcome to join our winter program anytime between January and the end of April.

A full-year membership is $615. Local university student memberships are $450 and non-local university student memberships are $500. The only equipment required of members is a PFD (lifejacket), which can be purchased at Auto Marine or MEC for approximately $140. All travel expenses are covered by the athlete.

There is no age limit for the Senior category - while the Masters entry age is 27, many continue to race in the senior category well beyond this point. The Masters Category is the obvious progression for those wanting to continue to race in the sport, while the Rec Program is the destination for those wishing to take this forward at a more leisurely pace


For questions of an administrative nature, to register or for training specific questions, please e-mail the Office Manager:office[at]

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