Junior Novice Program

For those new to rowing. No experience required.

Program Overview

The Junior Novice Program is for those who would like to learn to row and become part of the VCRC Junior program. Athletes will learn to row in coastal and pontoon singles, moving to racing singles when comfortable and safe. This program is designed for athletes grade 9 and up. All pontoon singles will be reserved for this program so if you are not comfortable in a racing single, this program is for you!
When an athlete has reach a comfort and skill level to be part of the Fun & Fit group a transition will be suggested by the coach.

LTAD Stage: Learn to Train – Train to Train 

Start Date:  November 9th, 2020       End Date: March 14th, 2021

Fee: $656.25, and RCA/RBC fee if applicable.

Tentative Practice Schedule (depending on COVID restrictions and school schedules) Please select the training times that work for you on the VCRC junior Winter Season 2020-2021 questionnaire.


Novice 1: Monday, Friday 4:15pm - 6:15pm and Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Novice 2: Tuesday, Thursday 4:15 - 6:15pm and Sunday 12:30 - 2:30pm 

Novice 3: Wednesday 4:15pm-6:15pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:30am - 11:30am

* Schedule is flexible to work around school schedules.

** Start time might be 4pm on weekdays, depending on the flow of athletes we can welcome within COVID regulations.

*** If you are currently part of the program and would like to change practice schedule, please contact Katie Bahain-Steenman before November 1st via Slack.


With COVID restrictions still in place there will most likely be no sanctioned regattas this Fall. Instead, we will be running "in-house" challenges to prepare you for local events in the future. 


All communication will happen via 'slack' please send all email addresses you would like to link up to our communication tool to vcrcjuniors@gmail.com

To Register
Register via https://membership.rowingcanada.org


Priority to athletes who are registered in the Fall 2020 Junior program and to those in Grades 9 and up.

16 spaces.

Prerequisite:  none. (Completion of a Youth Introduction to encouraged.)

(Novices who have completed an Introduction to Rowing program or who can row with an experienced sibling may be permitted to row a 2x).