High School Rowing/Jr Competitive (Gr 7-12) – Indoor Winter Training

The Barrie Rowing Club is expanding youth programming in 2022.  In preparation for that roll out, we are starting with Indoor Training Sessions this winter.  We welcome any grade 7-12 who has a desire to compete in the 2022 rowing season.  Indoor sessions will be designed to work on technique, establish better training habits and increase fitness levels going into the 2022 on water season.

There will be 3 levels of Junior rowing in 2022.  Junior Scullers will continue to be our entry way into the sport; there will be a development group that practices regularly; and there will be a competitive program that will require selection.  More details are to come on all these but this winter training would be an ideal 1st step for anyone looking to compete.

The classes will run Tuesdays (5 to 6 pm), Thursdays (7 to 8 pm), and Saturdays (9 to 10 am).  Minimum of 2 practices per week must be attended.  The fee for practices is $180.  These sessions are free for BRC annual members.  The Indoor Winter Training Sessions begin Thursday, December 2nd, and end Saturday, February 26th.  There will be no sessions the week of December 27th to 31st.

Proof of Vaccination status will be required and distancing during workouts will be maintained for the safety of all.  An online Covid-19 Assessment will be required before participation in each session.

If you recently participated in sessions at the club, you do not need to re-register, just send an email expressing your interest in participating and payment through etransfer will save your spot.  For those who require registration, please complete the BRC Registration and Waiver Form.  There will be a minimum of 5 participants required to run the program and a maximum of 18.


High school rowing crews – August 2021   Photo by Jürgen Schubert

For over 25 years, athletes from High Schools in Barrie have trained and competed with the help of the Barrie Rowing Club.  The Club has always valued the partnerships it has with local schools in offering rowing as a club or competitive team activity. With indoor heated facilities and over 100 seats in rowing shells, over 60 Barrie athletes train from February to June each spring.

We are currently drawing students from all high schools in Barrie and Area who will compete under the banner of Barrie Rowing Club.  In the past we have had great partnerships with students from St Joseph’s High School, St Joan of Arc Catholic High School, École Secondaire Nouvelle Alliance, Barrie North Collegiate, Unity Christian High School, St Peter’s Catholic Secondary School, Innisdale Secondary School and Nantyr Shores Secondary School.

High School students may enter the program by gaining initial experience through the Junior Scullers or Learn-to-Row Programs offered by the Club.

Rowing and LTAD:
Rowing is considered a late entry sport which means many athletes never learn to row until they are 12 – 13 years of age or older.  This is why High School Rowing is a very important entry point for athletes into our sport and is also a unique sport from many others.  With many High School athletes learning for the first time in grade 9 or 10 they are on a very level playing field with most of their peers across the province who are also just learning the sport.

A stable base:
Most athletes entering the sport start with some sort of dryland training and orientation which will allow coaches to assess the athletes through the Rowing Canada Movement Screen tool.  This helps athletes and coaches identify areas of weakness such as flexibility, core strength, coordination, and strength.  At this point athletes enter their Learning to Train phase which as it sounds teaches them how to properly train for the sport using weight circuits, long slow aerobic workouts, short fast anaerobic workouts, stretching and mental preparation.

Next stages:
Once athletes have learned the theory and importance of properly training all aspects of being a good athlete, they enter the Training to Train phase of their development as rowers.  Most high school athletes will spend the majority of their High School rowing career in this stage as there is so much to learn and perfect in the sport of rowing and the room for improvement physically at this age seems endless.  At the senior level or for athletes who make rowing a multi season sport they may enter the Learning to Compete stage which is taking the skills they have learned and placing more structure into the training with very specific goals and races in mind.  The Barrie Rowing Club hosts an event geared towards our novice athletes that provides a competitive experience from their home club. 

Beyond High School Rowing:
There are several pathways after High School rowing to keep athletes engaged in the sport at a variety of levels.  Every year Barrie Rowing Club proudly sends athletes to compete at a University level.

Other rowers find they would prefer to continue rowing with a local club where they can row for fitness, they can compete or they can give back to the community by volunteering their time as a coach, umpire or administrator.  There are dozens of clubs across Ontario and Canada to continue rowing with.

High school rowers getting on the water May 2015

High school rowing in Canada. Thank you to Kevin Light for making the video.