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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 8+.

    Novice Program

    For athletes with little to no prior experience to rowing

    Program Goal: Learn to skull comfortably in a single

    Training: Includes 3 coached practices in the evenings and a coached erg session in the morning

    Boats: Mostly singles 

    Progression: Once athletes have approval from the coach they can move into the competitive program and start training to compete 

    Equipment: While having your own PFD is preferable, no equipment is necessary at this stage

    Competitive Program

    For athletes who can comfortably row in a single looking to train to compete

    Program Goal:  
    Training to compete and reaching an on-water standard in a pair or single

    Training: 5 mandatory coached practices (including time trials), one optional coached practice and a mandatory erg session

    Boats: 1x, 2-, 2x, 4- , 4+, 4x, 8+ 

    Progression: Once athletes have reached an on-water standard in a pair or single and have received approval from the coach, they can move up to the high performance group to train to compete and win

    Regattas: Main regattas include Alberta Open and Island Summer Regatta. As well as Regina sprints, Dino sprints, others in the fall season 

          Equipment: PFDs are mandatory

    High Performance Program

    For experienced athletes looking to train to compete and win

    Program Goal: Training to compete and win at the Canadian Henley Regatta as well as other local, regional, and national regattas

    Training: 6 mandatory coached practices (including time trials), mandatory erg session, and a weights sessions

    Boats: 1x, 2-, 2x, 4-, 4+, 4x, 8+

    Regattas: The main regatta is the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catherines, Ontario. Others include Alberta Open, Dino sprints, NRCs, and other fall regattas

    Equipment: PFDs are mandatory


    Local regattas include Calgary and Edmonton. Regional include Regina and Victoria, while the pinnacle of rowing competition takes place in St. Catherine's, Ontario, at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Athletes with the talent and determination to take it to the next level compete at the National Rowing Championship. The cost of regattas will be covered by athletes attending. All travel expenses will be covered by the athlete.


    Head CoachPascal Ferraro

    • 30+ years of rowing experience in both France and Canada
      Head coach since 2018

    Assistant Coaches: Amelie Schumacher, Michael Simonson, Wesley Ernst, Courtney Kruschel

    Dryland Coaches: Landon Foley


    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 SportChek 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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    PO 36117 6449 Crowchild Trail SW, Alberta, T3E7C6

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