Ages 19-80+, including U23, Seniors and Masters racing categories
  • General Information

    Welcome. Find information on membership, regatta information, and general program structure here.
    • Welcome

      Welcome to the VCRC community. Become a member for life.

      The Victoria City Rowing Club offers year-round rowing for adults of all ages, abilities, and goals. We have a diverse range of members from 19 to 80+ years old, training for local, provincial, national and international regattas, as well as for fitness, health and fun. The Adult program includes athletes in Learning to Train, Learning to Compete,Training to Compete, Competitive for Life and Active for Life stages of Rowing Canada Aviron's Athlete Development Pathway.

      VCRC recognizes that adults row for a wide variety of reasons and are often juggling work, academic and family commitments.  We offer a range of opportunities for you to get out and row with like-minded people.

      The VCRC coaches and members will help you find a training group that suits your goals, schedule and skill level, whether you are interested in rowing a few times a week for fitness and fun or training hard to race at a major regatta.  

      Whether you are a new rower, a graduate from the Junior program, a University, National Team or Junior alumnus returning to rowing after a few (or more !) years away, a long term member or a rower from another club there is a place for you to train and race as part of the VCRC community.

      VCRC has two committees to help guide and support our Adult rowing programs:.

      Young Adult Competitive Rowers (aka YACRs) works closely with the coaches to support rowing programs and initiatives for rowers who typically race in the U23 and Senior divisions. The YACRs  organise social events, work with the coach to identify key competitions for the group and work on recruiting more YACRs.

      Send your ideas and questions to: 

      Masters Committee works closely with the coaches to support programs and initiatives for rowers who race in the Masters age division as well as those who are "Active for Life". The Masters Committee has organised ski trips, singles sculling camps, and dinners, acted as mentors for new members and addressed issues ranging from safety for older members to recruitment of new members.

    • VCRC is a member-based club, with a membership year that runs from September 1-August 31. Rowers are welcome to join part way through the year, for a pro-rated fee (please contact the VCRC Club Manager).

      REGISTER NOW (click here to go to the RCA Web Registration site) 

      Need help or have questions? Please check the Registration Instructions on our website.

      FEE SCHEDULE  Click here to see a complete schedule of VCRC membership fees.


      VCRC offers a number of membership categories:

       Adult Full member: for experienced rowers who are interested in rowing and being part of the VCRC community year round. 

      Adult Student member (term): for full time students, U27, at a university or college.  25% fee discount. Terms start: September 1, January 1, May 1

      Adult Restricted member: for experienced rowers who do not want to participate in coached sessions. 

      Adult U30 Part time member (pilot): for experienced rowers between 18 and 29 years old who want to train 4 times per week or less. Join by the term (September 1, January 1. May 1).

      To support  young adults who want to stay involved in rowing and be part of the VCRC community but  who are not in a position to train full time or pay full fees, VCRC is piloting a part time membership with a special discount. To support VCRC, members taking advantage of this fee are required to volunteer  a  minimum of 15 hours per term. The volunteer requirement will be waived if you bring in another person who registers as a rowing member with VCRC.

      Associate member: for nonrowing supporters of VCRC

      VCRC also offers the following special memberships: Honorary, National Team/National Development Centre, Row to Podium.  Please contact the Club Manager for more information and eligibility for these special memberships.


      • Use of VCRC equipment*.
      • Coaching (Full, Student and Part time U30 members). See training times and training groups for details.
      • Opportunity to race in regattas, as part of a crew or as an individual (entry fees and travel costs are not included in the membership fee).
      • Access to VRS boathouse, including ergs, lounge and showers.
      • Membership in Rowing Canada and Rowing BC
      • Eligibility to vote at AGM and run for VCRC Board.
      • Being part of a welcoming, vibrant rowing community!

      *members may take out VCRC equipment at unsupervised times if they have demonstrated understanding of VRS Safety rules and the ability to handle a boat competently and safety. Please contact a coach for more information or to be evaluated.

      Questions? Please contact the VCRC Club Manager or one of the coaches.

    • Please click here for a list of regattas.

      Regatta entries

      Regatta entries are made by the VCRC Adult Coaches. Please submit complete entries, including full fees, to VCRC by the club's deadline in order to be entered. Please contact the Adult Coach for more information on submitting entries. Membership fees do not include regatta entry fees.

      Boat Allocation
      Allocation of club boats for regattas is determined co-operatively by the Head coaches of the programs attending the Regatta. In most cases, you will be sharing boats with other club members (Juniors or Adults).

      Trailer loading/unloading
      Members attending regattas are expected to help with derigging, trailer loading and unloading, rerigging and boatwashing. Specific responsibilities for each crew/program for each regatta will be determined by the Head Coaches. Please ask them!

      Regatta fees and expenses
      Entry fees, trailering costs, and coach expenses for regattas outside the Capital Regional District are not covered by member fees. Members will be charged a trailering fee that typically includes expenses for the trailer driver. Members are expected to cover the travel expenses for a coach, if they want them to attend the regatta.

      Only those registered as Competitive members with Rowing Canada Aviron may race in regattas. Participants in introductory programs are registered as "Sport" members with RCA and are not eligible to compete in Rowing Canada sanctioned events. 


    • VCRC has about 30 spaces available to members for storage of private 1xs. Racks are in high demand and there is usually a waiting list! You must be a member of VCRC to store your boat in the boathouse.

      Racks are allocated in October of each year, based on the number of logged rows in the previous year. The person with the most logged rows gets first choice of rack, and so on. Those on the waiting list and those with fewer than 10 rows are put into a lottery for any remaining racks.

      Please contact the for more information or to be added to the waiting list.

      VCRC does not have space to store kayaks, canoes or other boats, or boats for non-members.



  • Training Groups and Training Times

    VCRC supports a number of training groups. Please contact one of the coaches to discuss the group that best fits your goals, skill snd fitness level. The training groups are fluid, allowing athletes the flexibility to find the training environment that works for them.
    • For Adults (19 and over) who are interested in training to get fit and to race at local and regional regattas, Canadian Henley or other cool regattas (Head of the Charles, San Diego...).

      The focus is on training consistently to get fitter and faster, compete and have fun. Do you like training with a goal in mind? Do you like to race for the love of racing? Do you like to socialise with your crewmates after training and racing?  Do you have a life and commitments outside rowing? You are a Club Competitive athlete!

      The Club Competitive program is flexible, offering a number of coached sessions in order to accommodate rowers with different work, academic and family commitments. Attendance at all sessions is not mandatory- come to the sessions that work with your life, goals and schedule.  Full and part time options are available. Please check the Membership page.

      TRAINING TIMES  "Doug's Group"  Doug White  

       M, T*, W, Th, F  5:45-7:30 am and  Saturday 6:45 am (time trial) and 11 am (small boat session)

      * T is either an onwater or  core session. Please contact the coach for details.

      2 days/wk will be designated "BIG BOAT" days - a chance to have some fun and go FAST in  8+s or 4xs.

      early December-late January:  Rowing before 7 am is not permitted, so weekday  training includes 3 erg and 2 core workouts. 

      Doug offers extra sessions (typically M,T, Th, F 2 pm) at certain times of year and may adjust the training  schedule from time to time based on weather, regatta preparation, etc. Please contact Doug for more details. 

      Additional coached sessions: athletes who want some extra sessions or who just like to come out later in the morning are  welcome to join in with the Active for Life/Competitive for Life sessions offered T/Th 8:30 am.

      "Doug's group" is a good fit for young adults with rowing experience and older athletes who want the challenge of racing against faster crews.

    • For Adults (19 and over) with rowing experience who  row for fitness, health, fun and sometimes to race.

      Recommended Prerequisite: Adult Introduction to Club Rowing ("Adult Novice")or equivalent.

      If you have less experience (e.g., Community Corporate Challenge, Introduction to Rowing, or private lessons) please contact one of the coaches or the Club Manager to discuss the training group that will fit you best.

      Rowers who are Active for Life enjoy rowing for fitness; rowers who are Competitive for Life row for fitness, but also enjoy competing in local and regional regattas. This training group accommodates both, with most rowers coming out 3-5 times per week.

      Typically, the coach makes up compatible crews. Rowers who come out at 5:45 am are asked to sign up on a google doc each week so the coach can make up crews in advance and people can get on the water efficiently. The T/Th 8:30 am row is a little more relaxed, with crews  made up each day based on who is there. For both practice times, crews who are preparing to race are encouraged to train in their set crews. 

      TRAINING TIMES  "Roger's Group" Roger Meager 

      T/Th 5:45-7:15 am*,  T/Th 8:30 -10:30 am, Wed 7:00 am (technical row), Saturday 6:45 am (time trial)

      * erg sessions from early November-late February

    • High Performance

      For athletes training for National Team selection and/or competing for VCRC in major international regattas.

      VCRC offers excellent year round training (on the water) and experienced coaching for those athletes with high performance goals.

      VCRC coaches  Doug White and Roger Meager are Level 4 certified coaches with experience coaching crews at the international level (including U23 and Sr World Championships). 

      Please contact Doug White ()  to discuss your goals and training options.

Rowing Programs
  • VCRC High Performance Training Group
    VCRC is creating training opportunities for high performance/elite rowers training towards National Team selection and racing in international regattas. Please contact coach Doug White for more information.
    Read less...