Calgary Rowing Club

 Winner of the 2020 Rowing Canada Aviron Club Outstanding Achievement Award

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 and doubles/pairs, to quads/fours and the big 8s.


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

Senior Athlete Development Pathway

Novice Program

  • For athletes that have no prior on-water rowing experience in a sculling boat
  • Program goal: Learn to Train stage of athlete development & Fun!
  • Training Times: First two weekends in May (Sat & Sun)
  • If you are joining later in the season, please get in touch at
  • Athletes will graduate the program after having attended the two weekends or after having completed a skills test on Sunday of weekend 1.
  • Athletes must print and sign the waiver found at and bring it to the first practice
  • Register with the CRC Senior program at under the Local University student, non-local university student or annual membership.
  • Email 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)
    • Complete the RCA skills test in a quad

Development Program

  • For athletes that have completed the Novice Program or have previous rowing skills in a quad
  • Practices are all on water, barring weather
  • Athletes will remain in the Development program until June 15  and will have to complete a skills test with at the Novice regatta on June 2.
  • Athletes will be able to join the competitive group once coaches are confident that athletes will be able to keep up safely with the Competitive group
  • Training times: Please email
  • 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 in a single
    • 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 on Monday – Sunday 
  • 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


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. The cost of regattas will be covered by athletes attending. All travel expenses will be covered by the athlete.


Program Coach Pascal Ferraro is currently completing his RCA Performance coach certification. He has been coaching and mentoring rowers in France and Calgary for over 20 years. Pascal is joined by Coach Tony Toth, previously a Hungarian National team athlete, who will lead the Senior Novice program.  Coach Nicolas Krause will be assisting both Tony and Pascal with the Senior Competitive and Development Programs. Coach Michael, previously Senior Program Coach, will be assisting Coach Pascal with the Senior Competitive Program. 


The membership year for CRC members runs May 1-April 30. There are memberships available for annual members, non local students, in-transit students and local students. Please check HERE for membership fees. 

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.

Required Equipment

The only equipment required of members is a PFD (lifejacket), which can be purchased at Auto Marine or MEC for approximately $140. 

Additional Info

There is no age limit for the Senior category. Athletes who wish to be competitive, are over the age of 21 years and would like to train only 3 days a week should consider the Club program. The Club program offers competitive opportunities to athletes who still wish to compete but also would like a lower intensity of training.


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