The Youth Learn to Row program is a summer camp-style program that introduces youth to rowing in a fun, relaxed, and safe environment. Participants will learn basic sweep and scull technique in a variety of boats, equipment handling and safety, getting in/out of the boat, stroke sequence, rowing, backing, turning and docking. On poor weather days, camp activities will include team-building games, education on nutrition and hydration for rowing, stretching/yoga, and ergometer/dryland training at Max Fitness. After having completed the Youth Learn to Row program, rowers may choose to transition to the Junior Development program to continue developing their skills in the Fall season. 

Age: 12-17 years

Participants under 17 who have not rowed with SJRC before must complete a swim test in order to participate. Swim test form is available here.

Practices: 5 sessions per week (Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm) from July 3 to September 1, 2023.

No previous experience required! Returning summer youth day camp rowers are welcome!

Registration is now open for the Summer 2023 season!

Financial support available (2 pathways):

The St. John’s Rowing Club is a partner of the City of St. John’s R.E.A.L. program. Youth who come from families in low income circumstances who are interested in rowing can apply for financial support with their registration. Read more

Eligible youth can apply for financial assistance through the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Individual Child Grants. Read more

Optional: Strength and conditioning training at APS

Athletes in the Youth Learn to Row program can opt to sign up for weekly strength and conditioning sessions with a certified Kinesiologist from APS. The sessions take place on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm at Studio 6 of Max Fitness. On Tuesdays, rowers will bring a lunch and be supervised for the walk to Max after lunch. Pick up will be at Max at 1:30pm. This is a great option for athletes to learn the basics of resistance training and injury prevention for rowing.

Strength and conditioning sessions will take place in the last 6 weeks of the program, from July 18th to August 22nd. The price for this 6-week block is $141.31/rower.

Program fee
  • (July 3rd to September 1st, 2023)
  • *Payment plans available upon request
RCA/RNL membership fee (annual)