Adult Recreational Rowing is intended for those who want to row without competing. It is perfect if your goal is to improve your cardiovascular fitness. During a typical session, rowers will cover 5 - 15 km depending on weather, boat traffic and the mix of rowers participating.
Since the rowing is less intense, there is more time to experience the beautify scenery of Indian Arm. Different parts of Indian Arm are visited depending on wind and water conditions. It is also a good time to catch up with old friends or make new friends.
Rowing technique coaching is available if desired. Group size, time and circumstances may constrain the amount of individual attention that can be provided.
Rowers must have previously taken a learn to row course. Recreational rowing is a perfect followup to the adult learn to row program or the community challenge program.
You haven't rowed in years but would like to get back on the water? No problem. It is our experience that you will knock the rust off pretty quickly.
Do you row at another club? Are you visiting Vancouver? Come join us and experience the beautiful scenery of Indian Arm. As long as you have sculling experience, even if it is rusty, you are welcome.
We charge visitors the same fees as our own rowers.
In April and May, we row Sunday mornings from 8:00 - 9:30 AM.
From June through September, we row Monday to Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. On Friday mornings, we row from 9:00 - 10:30 AM. On Sunday mornings, we row from 8:00 - 9:30 AM.
In October, we row Friday mornings from 9:00 - 10:30 AM. On Sunday mornings, we row from 8:00 - 9:30 AM
The program does not operate on statutory holidays. Missed or cancelled sessions (e.g. weather) are not rescheduled.
Pricing is quite flexible depending on the time of year and how often you plan to row:
|June - Oct season pass||$515|
|20 session punch card||$325|
|10 session punch card||$175|
|5 session punch card||$90|
All prices include taxes and Rowing Canada fees.
You can pay the club directly in advance or at the first session. We accept payment via credit card, debit card, cheque or cash.
Alternatively you can pay by credit card when you register on the Rowing Canada membership web site.
Punch cards expire at the end of the year, so please be conservative when estimating how many times you will row.
Recreational rowing is operated on a drop-in basis. You do not need to reserve ahead of time. Show up at one of the sessions and we will put you in a shell.
The only requirement is that if you have not rowed with us previously in the current calendar year, you will have to register. To avoid wasting time on the water, it is preferred that registration be mostly completed before you show up.
Registration is a two step process: filling out the forms in the registration package and registering with Rowing Canada.
Please fill out the forms and bring them to your first session.
It is imperative that you register with Rowing Canada on their membership web site. Rowing Canada provides insurance and support services to rowers and clubs. Most important from your perspective is the insurance coverage. Unless you register with Rowing Canada, you are not covered by insurance. The cost of the Rowing Canada membership is included in your program fee, so there is no extra cost to register. You only have to register once as a Rowing Canada member, but you have to register each and every program you participate in and this must be done each year.
You can access the registration forms and the Rowing Canada membership web site using the two buttons at the bottom of this program information list.
Seasonal and Annual
If you withdraw from the program (in writing) before it begins or within the first week of the season, you may receive a refund, minus a $60 processing fee. In lieu of a refund, you may defer your fees to another program which takes place within a year.
If you withdraw after the first week and before the fourth week of the session, you will receive 75% of your fees, minus a $60 processing fee. In lieu of a refund, you may defer the remainder of your fees to another program which takes place within a year.
If you withdraw after the fourth week and during the sixth week of the session, you will receive 50% of your fees less a $60 processing fee. In lieu of a refund, you may defer the remainder of your fees to another program which takes place within a year.
After the sixth week of the session, no refunds will be granted regardless of the reason. Exceptions may be made due to injury. Apply to the Board of Directors for consideration of a refund on a case by case basis. A doctor's certification is required.
If you withdraw from the program (in writing) before it begins or before the second week, you may receive a refund, minus a $25 processing fee. In lieu of a refund, you may defer your fees to another program which takes place within a year.
If you withdraw after the second week, there will be no refund. You may defer the remainder of your fees to another program which takes place within a calendar year.
Rowers will be assigned to shells based on weather & water conditions, the number of rowers showing up, their skill level, available equipment and other considerations. The coach will try to satisfy expressed preferences for shell assignment, but the coach has final say.
Indian Arm is a large body of water and conditions can change quickly. Shells are required to row together as a group. Shells must be accompanied by the coach in a safety boat. The coaches are familiar with the local weather and typical boat traffic patterns.
Rowing will be cancelled if the water is rough enough that there are white caps. The coach has final say on whether a session will be cancelled. In marginal conditions, the coach may restrict rowing to the cove.
We launch shells from a gravel beach. You will have to wade into the water to mid shin depth. Wear foot and lower leg wear that you don't mind getting wet. The gravel is rough and there are barnacles, so some type of footwear is necessary. Flip-flops are not a good idea, because they do not stay on. Neoprene and rubber kayak shoes, plastic clogs or even boots work well.
Dress in layers. Clothing should be snug. Loose shorts or pants will get caught in between the seat and the slides. Loose tops will catch the oar handles. There should be no open pockets on the front of the torso to prevent the oar handles from catching. We row if there is rain.
Bring water. We stop every couple of kilometers for a short break.
Early and late in the rowing season, some morning and evening sessions experience partial darkness. Bring a light that can clip to your body to make you more visible to boating traffic. We provide navigation lights for the shells, but personal lights are good at drawing attention.