Welcome + Program Overview

Welcome to the Victoria City Rowing Club (VCRC) Junior Program.  VCRC offers competitive rowing programs for youth aged 12-18 years old, from novice to high performance levels, as well as a non-competitive, Row for Life program.  VCRC programs are aligned with Rowing Canada's Athlete Development Pathway and Canadian Sport for Life.

The goals of the Junior program are:

  • to foster a love of rowing,
  • to encourage all participants to work hard and strive for excellence,
  • to build self-confidence and intrinsic motivation by helping athletes develop skills, fitness and competence, and
  • to foster the development of Juniors as athletes and as citizens.

Prerequisite: completion of the Fall school season, an Introduction to Rowing program, Youth Summer Camp or equivalent. VCRC is happy to arrange custom Introduction to Rowing lessons for youth who wish to register for the coming season but do not meet the prerequisite.

Juniors are grouped by age and gender: Junior A (U19), Junior B (U17) and Junior C (U15). * 

*There is some flexibility in the age groupings to accommodate juniors who are either early or late developers. Please contact the if you wish to register in a group outside your age group.

Juniors register for programs by the season:

Winter/Spring Season: January-end of May

Summer Season: June-end of July

Winter Training Camp: mid November-mid December

Row for Life:  early February-end of July, in 8 week or 4 week blocks.

Fall (early September-early November): VCRC encourages athletes to row for their school. Please visit  Greater Victoria Youth Rowing Society or contact your school's Athletic Director for more information on the Fall school program.

VCRC runs a small Fall Development program for high performance Junior athletes. 

Find more program details, including start dates and training schedules under Program Information.

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 Isolda Penney (vcrcadults@gmail.com) for more information.
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