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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Summer Employment 2017

Summer Staffing 2017

May 10th, 2016

Are you looking for a rewarding summer employment experience in the sport of rowing?

The St. John’s Rowing Club is looking for motivated, enthusiastic and energetic individuals for our summer recreational programs. Employees 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.

Positions available include:

  • Head/Senior Boathouse Manager (Supervisory)
  • Recreation Instructor (3 positions) – Youth and Summer Programs
  • Additional program staff (as funds allow)

Spend your summer working with us.

The St. John’s Rowing Club is currently accepting applications for 2017 summer season. Please send your resume to by email to [email protected] Any questions can be answered by emailing.

Deadline to apply: May 20th

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Annual General Meeting 2017

March 30, 2017

Please join the St. John’s Rowing Club at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 23, 2-4pm. The meeting will take place in the Quidi Vidi Boathouse Museum (upstairs).

All club members and anyone interested are invited to attend!

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Atlantic Rowing Championships

September 9, 2016

On October 15 and 16 the Lochaber Center will be hosting the 2016 Atlantic Rowing Championships and Atlantic University Rowing Championships. The Lochaber Center is home to the Antigonish Rowing Club and the StFX Rowing Club. Athletes from the St. John’s Rowing Club and Memorial University’s rowing team will be representing St. John’s and Newfoundland.

For the information of those athletes there is a preliminary cost breakdown for the trip that can be found here. A meeting will be held at 8:30pm Sunday, September 11, at the boathouse. Athletes are encouraged to attend this meeting. Results from this regatta will be used as part of selection for Canada Games.

We look forward to an exciting and enjoyable regatta with many excellent results from our athletes!

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