The Regina Rowing Club has a proud history of developing regional, national, and international rowers. We recognize that to get to the top, you must first learn the basics. As such, the RRC offers programs to suit rowers of all abilities – from the beginner who has never been in a boat, to the Club level athlete training for regional competition, to the athlete aspiring to Canada's National Rowing Teams.
The Club offers six membership categories:
- High School
- Fall / Winter
- Rowing League
The RRC is utilizes a Skills Assessment tool to evaluate new member’s rowing ability. The Skills Assessment is intended to help coaches ensure that new members and less experienced rowers have the skill, ability and knowledge to safely handle equipment, navigate the lake, and respond appropriately in emergency situations. Members who successfully complete the Skills Assessment may row independently of coached program.
The Competitive and Non-Competitive categories offer multiple programs. A brief description of all membership and program options follows. For more information on each, please contact the RRC Vice President Programs David Millar.
Competitive Memberships are for rowers who want to compete at local, regional and/or national regattas. Crews are formed by coaches based on a variety of factors, including a rower's age, weight (lightweight or heavyweight), ability, fitness level, goals, and commitment. Competitive Sprints Membership is for members who want to compete only at our local regatta, Western Canada Sprints regatta, no other regatta.
The competitive racing categories (age as of December 31, 2013) are:
- Competitive Novice Men & Women (some regional events only)
- Under 17 Men & Women (formerly Junior B)
- Under 19 Men & Women (formerly Junior A)
- Under 23 Men & Women
- Lightweight Men & Women (under 160 lbs. for men, 130 lbs. for women)
- Senior Open Men and Women
- Masters Men & Women (21 and older)
Independant Programme (Seniors and Masters Ages)
The Independent Programme is for individuals with advanced rowing skills who are 19 year of age or older (as of December 31, 2013). This programme is for members who have extensive competitive experience and/or have successfully completed the Skills Assessment and are able to row independently of a coached program.
The Novice Programme is for new members, 19 years of age or older, who have completed the Learn-to-Row and those who have yet to develop the skills to row in the Independent Programme. The Non-Competitive Novice Programme is coached on a full-time basis by the New Members Coach. A Skills Assessment determines whether an individual is sufficiently prepared to advance from this programme into other programmes. The Novice Programme runs from May until the end of August. Rowers in this programme can choose to compete if they upgrade to a Competitive membership. Rowers may choose to participate in the Novice Programme even after successfully completing the Skills Assessment.
Learn-To-Row Membership (LTR)
LTR is for individuals with no previous rowing experience. Participants learn basic rowing techniques and terminology over three days (eight hours total). Classes begin in May. Please call the Club for specific times. All new members must complete the LTR before they can join the Club. Snug-fitting exercise clothing (tights, bicycle shorts) is recommended. Participants are encouraged to join the Novice Programme after completing their LTR classes.
Learn-to-Row classes are run over a Wednesday evening (2 hours), a Thursday evening (2 hours) and a Saturday morning (4 hours).
High School Membership
This membership category is for high school students with little or no previous rowing experience. High School rowing runs from early May until the end of June. Athletes in this programme may then choose to finish rowing at the end of June or upgrade to a Competitive Membership.
Fall membership is available to rowers who have successfully completed the Skills Assessment. Fall memberships run from September 1 through March 31. Winter membership is available to individuals who want to train after the on-water season. Winter memberships expire on March 31.
Associate members are registered with the Saskatchewan Rowing Association and Rowing Canada Aviron to provide insurance coverage for volunteers and to facilitate the flow of information. There is no cost to register as an Associate. Parents of junior rowers are strongly encouraged to register as Associates.
The Rowing League is for individuals who are 19 years of age or older. Members must have extensive experience and/or have successfully completed the Skills Assessment and able to row independently of a coached program. Rowing times are on Monday and Thursday evenings only.
Members of the Regina Rowing Club are entitled to the following:
- Opportunities to develop fitness and build incredible friendships.
- Membership in Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) and the Saskatchewan Rowing Association (SRA). Portions of registration fees are directed to these associations on your behalf.
- Use of RRC equipment, at the discretion of Club coaches or staff and based on individual skill and ability.
- Instruction and coaching.
- Year-round access to the training facility.
- Opportunities to compete for the RRC in local and out-of-town regattas (depending on membership type).
- Eligibility for funding assistance from SRA. This includes athlete assistance for travel to RCA National Rowing Championships and certain coaching and officials courses.
- Voting rights at RRC and SRA general meetings and eligibility to run for office at the provincial and local levels.
- General liability insurance through RCA.
- Opportunities to attend RRC social events throughout the year.
- Associate members are entitled to participate in non-rowing activities such as coaching, board membership and socials. Associates are registered members of the RRC as well as the provincial and national associations (SRA and RCA), and as such receive voting privileges. All volunteers with the Club are encouraged to register in this category.
Members of the Regina Rowing Club are required to observe the following duties and regulations:
- Only members in good standing shall be allowed Club privileges. Renewing members with outstanding fundraising commitments shall not be considered members in good standing and shall be required to fulfill their outstanding fundraising commitment before participating.
- Prior to going on the water, all participants must sign a waiver, complete registration forms, pay membership dues, and submit the required fundraising cheques.
- Wet launching is not permitted on Wascana Lake.
- Equipment use is at the discretion of Club coaches and staff. Equipment privileges will be afforded to individuals and crews based on:
- Experience and technical ability, including Skills Assessment;
- Availability of equipment;
- Programme priorities;
- Commitment to a programme at the Regina Rowing Club; and,
- Other factors that may be pertinent to the individual's or crew's situation.
- No person shall use Club oars or boats, including Club singles, unless authorized by the Club
coaches or staff. The boats to be used in specific programmes will be determined by the Club
coaches and staff, and will be posted at the boathouse. All equipment must be reserved using the
sign-out board posted at the boathouse.
- Oars have been specifically designated to boats and/or crews; the use of designated oars is required unless directed otherwise by the Club coaches, staff or the Facilities & Equipment Coordinator.
- Use of privately owned boats is at the prerogative of the owners; unauthorized use is prohibited.
- Suspension of membership or equipment privileges, as determined by the RRC Board of Directors, may occur due to:
- Non-maintenance or abuse of equipment
- Abuse of membership regulations
- Other factors that are not in the best interest of the RRC
- All individuals and crews are required to clean and maintain Club equipment and facilities.
- No horseplay will be tolerated in the boathouse or around equipment.
- Bicycles or other personal equipment cannot be stored in the boathouse without prior authorization by the coaches, staff, or Facilities & Equipment Coordinator.
- Unsportsmanlike behaviour and/or use of profane language are not permitted around the boathouse or dock, on the lake, or at any RRC event.
- All equipment damage shall be reported immediately to a coach, Club Manager or equipment manager, and noted on the equipment repair board.
- Like most non-profit organizations, our Club relies heavily on the volunteer efforts of our members to survive and grow. It is a condition of membership to contribute volunteer time. Volunteering keeps the membership fees down and makes programmes available to all Club members.