Junior U19 Program

This program is for youth ages 12 – 18 looking to row for fun or compete at various local, regional and national regattas.

The ERC Junior Development program offers young people access to structured and organized training, supporting personal and life skills development. At the Edmonton Rowing Club, we value respect, inclusiveness, teamwork and volunteerism. 

ERC’s Junior/Junior Development program is based on the “Long Term Athlete Development” (LTAD) model created by Rowing Canada Aviron. LTAD consists of several training stages, including “Learn to Train”, “Train to Train” and “Learn to Compete”. As rowing is a ‘late entry sport’, most athletes will start at the “Learn to Train” stage regardless of their age. We highly recommend and encourage that all athletes do other physical activity while enrolled in any of the LTAD stages.


The Junior program trains throughout the year. We offer afternoon sessions throughout the week. From May to October, training is usually on the river, and from November to April training is indoors. Indoor training is offered at our training facility and primarily consists of workouts on the ergometers and in the rowing tank. Depending on the time of year there are up to six (6) coached workouts per week, but there is no expectation for rowers to attend every session. Just know, the more you show up, the faster you get!

On water, athletes can expect to train in a variety of rowing shells from singles, to doubles, pairs, quads, fours, and coxed eights. For those wishing to race, regattas have more specific age divisions and novice events for first-time racers.

Age categories are divided in the following manner and athletes must fit in their category based on their age at December 31 of that calendar year:

  • Junior A/U19 (Under 19)
  • Junior B/U17
  • Junior C/U15


Recruiting 2024 Juniors

All Juniors will be registered with RCA as “Juniors/Youth” and will be split into Performance and Development groups as determined by the Juniors Coach. This enables the club to support its staff and members as they negotiate the RCA development pathways (LTAD).

Development (New, Learn-to-Row (LTR) Upgraded and Train to Train athletes):

This program is for athletes with no prior rowing experience.

If you are in this group of athletes, you are looking for scheduled introductory training to improve your rowing skills and/or to improve your aerobic capacity. Development athletes will have the option of competing in local and regional regattas. Upon recommendation of the program coach, you may be moved into the “Performance” group.

Intake Period:

May 27 – 31 (click to register)

June 17 – 21 (click to register)

June 24 – 28 (click to register)

After each session, and no later than June 29, you will need to decide whether you would like to continue with the Junior program. Information on joining the program will be communicated to those who participate in our Learn to Row Sessions.

If you miss our intake periods, please explore our Summer Camps.

At your Learn-to-Row Session expect to learn:

  • Rowing on the indoor rower to learn proper body sequencing
  • Rowing in our indoor tank to develop body sequencing and learn basic rowing techniques before hitting the river.
  • Flow pattern, PFD usage and safety rules of the Edmonton Rowing Club
  • Safe equipment handling
  • Basic on-water rowing skills in a single (one-person boat), double (two-person boat), quad (four-person boat), and/or a coxed eight (one coxwain and 8 rowers).

Performance (For Experienced, Learn to Compete, Train to Compete athletes):

Member of the Performance group of athletes are in this group based on the recommendation of the Junior Coach. The workout plans followed by this group include higher volumes of rowing at higher intensities to prepare athletes for competition. Athletes will have the option to compete in local, regional, provincial, and national regattas.

Spring 2024 Recruitment Learn-to-Rows


Start: May 27, 2024

End: May 31, 2024

Location: Buena Vista Park

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5 lessons of Learn to Row Monday through Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

  • Monday, May 27
  • Tuesday, May 28
  • Wednesday, May 29
  • Thursday, May 30
  • Friday, May 31


Start: June 17, 2024

End: June 21, 2024

Location: Buena Vista Park

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5 lessons of Learn to Row Monday through Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

  • Monday, June 17
  • Tuesday, June 18
  • Wednesday, June 19
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Friday, June 21


Start: June 24, 2024

End: June 28, 2024

Location: Buena Vista Park

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5 lessons of Learn to Row Monday through Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

  • Monday, June 24
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • Wednesday, June 26
  • Thursday, June 27
  • Friday, June 28


The ERC primarily competes and participates in regattas located in the Prairie provinces. We do attend regattas in British Columbia and have attended the Royal Canadian Henley regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario. ERC Junior rowers have also competed at the Provincial level in the Western Canada Summer Games, the Canada Summer Games and the National Rowing Championships.


Our membership runs from April 1 – March 31 of the next year. Juniors are welcome to join at any point during the year.

Costs in the below chart include estimated costs for regattas, both local and overnight. Regatta costs are not charged with membership but are collected ahead of each regatta. Members must commit to three (3) bingos and thirty (30) volunteer hours at the club and/or associated events. Bingos must be completed by parents or friends over the age of 18. Bingo’s must be prepaid ($330) with membership and are refunded $110 after completion of each Bingo commitment. Membership and bingo can be paid in 1, 3, or 5- installments.

Edmonton Rowing club junior membership investment including membership fees, racing gear costs, and estimated regatta costs.

Interested in Joining the Juniors?


If you are interested in joining the ERC Juniors program please contact our Junior Coach.

Contact our Juniors Coach