Adult Masters Rowing is intended for those who want to row at a competitive level. An emphasis is placed on developing good rowing and racing technique. Physical conditioning builds strength, stamina and control.
The early season is oriented towards sprint race training. Mid-summer the orientation switches to the fall head race season.
Rowers should row at an intermediate level or better. Previous racing experience is desirable but not essential.
Rowers who join in mid-season should have good cardiovascular fitness. A typical session may require rowing at full power for 15 - 20 minutes without stopping.
It is preferable that rowers be prepared to attend the majority of practices and attend at least one regatta each year. If the program ever gets popular enough to strain the available resources, this will be a factor in curtailing participation.
Visitors from other clubs who meet the prerequisites are welcome to join us for one or more sessions. Visitors will be expected to participate in the planned practice
Rowing with the Deep Cove masters is perfect if you want to get experience with salt water rowing or rowing long distances.
Visitors will be charged a drop-in fee or can buy a punch card.
The Adult Masters Rowing program operates from March through October. During the months of March through May, practices are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. From June until October, practices are held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. All practices are held from 5:30 - 7:00 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:
|March - October annual pass||$1,075|
|March - May season pass||$650|
|June - August season pass||$650|
|September - October season pass||$450|
|20 session punch card||$375|
|10 session punch card||$200|
|5 session punch card||$105|
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.
Before you register for Masters, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-929-4510 to confirm that it is the best program for you and to get any questions answered.
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.
Our Adult Masters Rowing program is not large enough, nor can most rowers be there consistently enough, to warrant fixed boat assignments. Rowers are assigned to shells by the coach at the beginning of each practice. Consideration is given to weather & water conditions, balancing crew strengths, entries planned for upcoming regattas and other factors.
Coaching is provided to develop rowing and racing technique. The coach will structure the practices to develop physical conditioning.
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.
You should bring water to practices.