Junior Competitive Rowing

The Junior Competitive Rowing program is geared toward rowers (aged 13-19) who have finished a Learn-to-Row, Summer Youth Rowing Camp, or have previous rowing experience. This program runs year round and is geared towards competitive athletes. This program requires a large commitment to training, and rowers are expected to attend a minimum four training sessions per week. The prgram is divided into three levels:

  • Level 1 - trains 4x/week, all Juniors entering the competitive program must start in Level 1, this group introduces Juniors to the competitive side of rowing, with continued emphasis on skill development. 
  • Level 2 - trains 6-8x/week, after completing one season in Level 1 Junior may progress to Level 2, this group compunds on skills developed Level 1, higher training volume and commitment.
  • Level 3 - trains 8-12x/week, only Juniors with Coach approval may train in the Level 3 group, this group is geared towards Juniors that want to take their competitive rowing to the next level - and perhaps one day represent Canada at a world rowing event!

During the Spring, Summer and Fall months (typically start of April to end of October) training will be outside when weather permits. During the Winter months (November to end of March) training will be inside at the rowing club.

All Levels of the Junior Competitive program race at numerous regattas throught the year:

  • Fall regattas include:

Head of the Welland, Head of the Trent, Head of the Fish

  • Winter ergattas include:

Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships, Ontario Indoor Rowing Championships

  • Spring Regattas include:

Mother's Day Regatta, High School Invitational, CSSRA Regatta

  • Summer Regattas include: 

Canada Day Regatta, CORA Regattas, Ontario Rowing Championships, Royal Canadaian Henley Regatta

The Junior program also holds a "Spring Training Camp" over March Break to help develop rowing skills and fitness at the start of the Spring season in March. Past training camps have been held in Tempe, Arizona & Mexico City, Mexico.


  • Training Times:

Level 1 - Mon, Wed, Fri from 4-6pm & Sat from 11am-1pm. 
Level 2 - Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri from 4-6pm & Sat from 11am-1pm. 
Level 3 - Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri from 4-6pm, Sat from 7-9am & 11am-1pm.

  • Full Year Membership:

April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 - $1,015 + HST & Three (3) Bingo Sessions

  • Half Year Membership:

September 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 - $495 + HST & One (1) Bingo Session

Ready to Register:

Before you register, remember that rowing is a water sport so you must be able to swim. All participants must hold a 'Swim To Survive' certificate or equivalent (roll into deep water, tread water for 1minute, swim 50 metres). You do not have to produce the certificate. However, when registering with Rowing Canada you will be signing a waiver declaring that you are capable of swimming and treading water. If you are not a strong swimmer and are unsure of your swimming ability, we recommend that you schedule a test at a local Mississauga swimming pool. 

There are two steps to registering at the Don Rowing Club:

1. Register with the Don Rowing Club on ClubWorks

To register, click on the "ClubWorks Club Membership" button in the top-right corner of this page. Create an account, and then purchase the appropriate 'package' for the session of your choice.

 2. Register with Rowing Canada

After the payment has been made on ClubWorks for your desired session, please proceed to the Rowing Canada wesbite (using the link below) to register with Rowing Canada and be added to our insurance policy - there is no aditional cost for this step.

Rowing Canada link: https://membership.rowingcanada.org/JoinProgram?id=229

** Please note that your registration is NOT complete until you have completed both steps!**

If you have any questions about this program, please send them to [email protected]