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Q: Do I have to attend all classes?
A: The first two classes of Level I and the first class of Level II (along with Para and Junior) are mandatory attendance as they include foundational information. Participants should plan to attend regularly as any absences affect both your own learning, and the experiences of the other participants in your crew.

Q: Is it necessary for me to buy any equipment for my class?
A: No. All sport-specific equipment and Transport Canada required marine safety equipment is provided for you.

Q: What should I wear for rowing?
A: Most athletic clothing is suitable for rowing, but you do not want anything too loose. Clothing suitable for running or yoga is generally good. You will need to dress appropriately for the weather conditions, and  you do require a brightly-colored shirt at all times.

Q: Do I have to be able to swim?
A: Yes. While the goal of rowing in any boat is not to end up in the water it is always a possibility. You do not need to be an expert swimmer, but you do need to be able to remain afloat for a period of time.

Q: Do I need to know anything about rowing before I attend classes?
A: Our classes are for beginners. There is no need to worry about studying before you attend your first class. However, some people find it helpful to be familiar with basic Terminology before their classes begin.

Q: What is RCA Registration?
A: Participants are required to register with Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA), the governing body of Rowing in Canada. This covers our liability insurance for participants in Learn-to-Row classes. There is a Registration Guide to help you.

Q: Do I have to join the Vancouver Rowing Club?
A: No. You do not need to become a member before, or after, taking Learn-to-Row classes with us. Learn-to-Row classes are operated outside of Member Programs and are priced separately.

Q: What can I expect at my first class?
A: Classes meet at the Rowing Office on the Seawall level of our Clubhouse in Stanley Park. You will meet your Instruction Team, fellow participants, and the Rowing Coordinator. The first class focuses on orientation, including a welcome to the Vancouver Rowing Club and an overview of the Club's rich history dating back to its beginning in 1886 and the beginning of introductory rowing classes in 1983.

Q: A friend and I want to take the class together. Is it possible for us the be in the same boat?
A: Yes. We often have friends, couples, even families, taking classes together. We are very happy to accommodate; however, please be sure to identify this and plan ahead. Don't wait to register last minutes. It's a lot easier to assign groups to boats when it still has several seats available.

Q: What do I learn in my month of classes?
A: We teach you to row. You learn the fundamentals, and during the month you develop your skills. You are instructed on all aspects of introductory rowing from boat handling to stroke technique.

Q: I've learned to row...What's next?
A: Many particpants have an enjoyable time with us on the water and leave with that. Others are interested in continuing to row; both are options for you. Intake into our Novice Program takes place in early November annually.

Q: Can you explain your cancellation and refund policies?
A: You will be asked to review and acknolwedge this Policy in your registration. our classes depend on registered participants to be operational and a cancellation can affect the viability of the class being offered or have resulted in other participants having been turned away in some circumstances. Additionally, after the start of a class we cannot re-sell a seat.

2017 Pricing

Level I            $295+GST ($309.75)
Level II           $295+GST ($309.75)
Para               $295+GST
Junior             $tba+GST
Corporate        Pricing available upon request (dependent upon number of participants and options)