Summer Employment 2019

The St. John’s Rowing Club is currently accepting applications for employment for the 2019 summer season. This year, we are pleased to offer 7 summer staff positions, which includes 1 boathouse manager position, 3 coach positions, and 3 coach trainee positions. Detailed information about each of these positions can be found in the document attached here:

The Summer Program (Boathouse) Manager (1) is responsible for overall management of the summer rowing programs and facilities, which will include novice rowing programs for youth and adults. Previous employment as a boathouse staff member (coach or manager) and access to a vehicle (holding a Class 5 license) are both assets.

Coaches (3) are essential for running programs such as Youth Learn to Row, Adult Learn to Row, and Adult Masters. They are to assist the boathouse manager and work with coach trainees, providing coaching to program participants of all ages.

Coach Trainees (3) will build coaching experience by working with senior coaches, initially learning to assess the performance of other rowers, and with time taking on some coaching duties themselves. They will help other rowers learn about the sport and improve their skills.

All employees should have skills in teamwork and leadership. They must be experienced slide-seat rowers with general knowledge of boathouse operations. They will be expected to assist in the majority of club programs including Youth Development, Adult Learn to Row, Adult Masters, and Youth Learn to Row. These positions will involve shift work that may include both weekdays and weekends. 2-day staff training will be provided, which will include a safety orientation and the Rowing Canada Learn to Row coaching course. A Code of Conduct with Vulnerable Sector Check must be obtained before the start of employment, as well as a Pleasure Craft Operator’s License. Photocopies of these documents must be provided. First aid training is an asset – those with formal first aid training will be given preference.

All employees must be available for staff training (date TBD) and for the duration of the summer programs (July 2nd-August 31st). To apply for one of these jobs, please contact us at [email protected] with your resume and indicate which position you are applying for.

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, June 2nd at 5:00 pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

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2019 Program Registration

Registration is now open for all of our 2019 spring and summer programs!

Visit the programs page for links and descriptions of all of our programs, and see our homepage for the current program schedule. Registration information can be found on the individual program pages, and detailed instructions for how to register and submit your payment is found on our membership page.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected].

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Annual General Meeting 2019

Please join the St. John’s Rowing Club at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 28 at 10:00am in the museum at the boathouse.

The agenda will include (but is not limited to):
– President’s report on last year’s activities
– Treasurer’s report
– Election of officers and new board
– Plans for rowing programs for this summer
– Any new business

All club members and parents of youth members are invited to attend – we hope to see you there!

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Adult rowing update

Adult rowers (and anyone else who may be interested in joining adult rowing) – this message went out a few days ago to those whose email addresses we have:
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A follow-up to the message sent a few days ago regarding the coaching shortage for adult Learn-to-row. For on-the-water sessions, there is still a shortage that can only be filled after the summer coaches are hired by mid-June, with a schedule of adult novice rowing to be determined for July and August. In fairness, we will adjust the fees to a lower cost and we will be in touch with you personally this week if you have already paid the full season fee online. We do appreciate your patience and understanding in this situation.

It is a priority goal of the SJRC to build a base of adult rowers and reinforce the number of experienced rowers in our community. Experienced adult rowers would support our recreational or competitive SJRC programs of the future, but may also have the interest to train as entry level coaches. Having a pool of trained folks would help us in the future to support adult rowing in the spring and fall months before, during or after the summer coaching contracts. The SJRC recognizes this growth is a long term process and we have learned a few key lessons this spring alone, in terms of building our capacity for the adult programs.

If you have immediate concerns or questions, please reply to my email with a cc to the SJRC email ([email protected]) and copy Ann Dorward ([email protected]).

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We will keep you posted!

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Registration for 2018 Programs: Now Open!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for –  registration is now open for our 2018 programs!

Visit the programs page for links and descriptions of all of our programs. Registration information and instructions can be found on the individual program pages.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected].

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Summer Employment 2018

May 7, 2018

Are you looking for a rewarding summer employment experience in the sport of rowing?
The St. John’s Rowing Club is seeking motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic individuals to work for our summer programs. Applicants must be students (high school or post-secondary) planning to return to school in the fall.

Employees will have excellent opportunities for training in the areas of leadership, professional development, administration, interpersonal relations, coaching development and much more. This position will allow you to utilize your knowledge and skills of rowing to teach others the sport we love.

The St. John’s Rowing Club is currently accepting applications for employment for the 2018 summer season. Please send your resume by email to [email protected] Any questions can be answered by email as well.

Spend your summer working with us!

Deadline to apply: May 16th, 2018. (Applications will be considered as they are received, so we encourage you to apply ASAP!)

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Annual General Meeting 2018

April 10, 2018

Please join the St. John’s Rowing Club at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 22 at 11am. The meeting will take place in the Quidi Vidi Boathouse Museum (upstairs).

The agenda for the AGM will include (but is not limited to):

  • President’s report on last year’s activities, including purchases of new boats
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Election of officers and new board
  • Plans for rowing programs this summer
  • Any new business

All club members and anyone interested are invited to attend – we hope to see you there!

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Open House – Sept 9, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Are you interested in slide seat rowing? You’re already with us, but want to get your friends in?

SJRC is having an open house down at the boathouse (around the back of the Regatta Boathouse on Quidi Vidi Lake). Come learn about the sport, check out the boats, try out the ergs, talk to the coaches, figure out which program is right for you, and sign up to join us in the fall!

We have programs for novices, experienced rowers, fixed-seat rowers who want to try something new, for youth 12 and up and for adults, for people who want to compete and people who’d rather just get along, for super athletes and all the rest of us. So come on down and see if this is the sport for you.

When? Saturday, September 9, 8:30 to 11:30

Where? At our boathouse, which is down on the lake around the back of the Regatta boathouse.

What do I have to do? Just show up.

What about the weather? It won’t matter – this is an off-water event. If it’s snowing we’ll stay inside the boathouse. 😉

What if I want more? You want to join us? Great! You’ll be able to register at the event!

More questions? Send us an email at [email protected]

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Boathouse closures / August schedule

July 24-26 Learn-to-row practices are still on, though some of our boats have already left for the Games.

July 27-August 7 The athletes are away at the Games, so all programs are off and the boathouse is closed.

August 8-11 Learn-to-row and adult rowing are back on, though the Canada Games boats will still en route back from Manitoba. See our home page for the new schedule.

August12 Boats should be back, and the new late-summer schedule is expected to resume. See our home page for the new schedule. Note that the schedule will change again once it’s getting dark earlier.

September 1 Last day of the summer learn-to-row program.

Questions? Send us an email at [email protected]

Tentative Program Schedule – August 12 to early September:

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Come and Try It Day – July 16, 2017

SJRC is holding a free come-and-try-it event where you can check out slide seat rowing.

When? Sunday July 16, 7:30 to 11:00 – but come early. Slide seat boats are narrow and tippy, so it’s hard to learn in the wind. And this is Newfoundland, so it’s sure to be windy. Conditions usually kick up over the morning, so it’s best to come early.

Where? At our boathouse, which is down on the lake around the back of the Regatta boathouse.

What do I have to do? Just show up. No fees, no registration. You’ll sign a waiver when you get there, then our coaches will work out who’s going out in which boats and get things organized.

What to wear? Ordinary athletic clothes are fine. It’s best not to wear a big baggy t-shirt, as it could get caught in things. Sunscreen is good. Shoes don’t matter – you leave them on the dock when you get in the boat.

Will I get wet? You could. Shells can flip, though it doesn’t happen often. Our coaches will be there to fish you out and help you into the launch if it does. But please, if you aren’t comfortable swimming, this isn’t the event for you.

What about the weather? Ah, you would have to ask… If it’s too windy, we can’t row. If in doubt, check our home page for an update the morning of the event. If we have to cancel, we’ll try to reschedule for the following Sunday.

What if I want more? The club has a range of programs for rowers of different ages and levels of experience. Adult novices and fixed seat rowers can join our adult rec program – half-season memberships begin after the regatta and drop-ins are possible. We can work with fixed seat teams who’d like to stay together (though we have no six-seat boats!). Young novices can join our learn-to-row program, which runs weekday mornings from 9-12 for eight weeks in the summer. Check the program page on our website.

More questions? Send us an email at [email protected]

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