Learn more about the different programs and categories of rowing in Nova Scotia. Click the heading to learn more about each group.
Learning the basics of the rowing stroke take only a few lessons (and a lifetime to master!). Whether you are interested in recreational or competitive rowing one of Nova Scotia’s four affiliated clubs has a program for you.
Find a program at a local club – click here
Clubs also offer ‘Come and Try’ days in late May to take advantage of the spring weather and to students to register for a summer program. Watch for information on the next ‘Come and Try’ near you.
After this entry level, athletes have an opportunity to move through the LTAD rowing pathway, either along the high performance track or into the active-for-life side of the sport. Junior categories of rowing include:
Under 17 (Junior B) – A rower or coxswain shall be classified as an Under 17 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which he or she reaches the age of 16.
Under 19 (Junior) – A rower or coxswain who is no longer an Under 17 competitor shall be classified as a Junior competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which he or she reaches the age of 18.
Under 23 – A rower or coxswain who is no longer a Junior shall be classified as Under 23 until the 31st of December of the year in which he or she reaches the age of 22. After that date, the rower shall be classified as Senior.
Find a junior rowing program at a local club – click here
Row Nova Scotia plans to support the establishment of new university club teams at other post secondary teams across Nova Scotia, and promote higher standards of participation and organization surrounding these teams. Our goal is to inspire and promote long-term participation of our university athletes at the club, university and Provincial Team levels through Learning to Compete and Training to Compete programs.
For more information on University rowing in Canada follow the links below:
Row Nova Scotia has three groups under the umbrella of the Provincial Team – Development Group, Training Group, and Performance Group. These three groups form a pathway for Nova Scotia rowers from entry to the sport, into the long term athlete development (LTAD) rowing pathway, and competing at National and International regattas.
Learn more about joining one of the provincial team groups:
To learn more about joining the Row Nova Scotia Provincial Team contact: Patrick Cody – Provincial Team Coach
Masters Age Categories
AA 21 – 26 years
A 27 – 35 years
B 36 – 42 years
C 43 – 49 years
D 50 – 54 years
E 55 – 59 years
F 60 – 64 years
G 65 – 69 years
H 70 – 74 years
I 75 – 79 years
J 80 years or more
At some regattas, rowers of different age categories can form crews and average their age. At other regattas, younger crews compete against older crews with a time handicap. Many Masters regattas also include mixed crew events.
For more information on how to participate in rowing at any age, contact a local club – click here.
Para-rowers learn elements of the stroke: drive, recovery, catch angle, oar handling, etc. Crews accommodate many different types of disabilities, allowing for integration into regular programs within a club. Coaching techniques, program structure, and equipment adapt upon the needs of individual participants.
Para Rowing Sport Classes
Athletes competing in para-rowing do so in one of three sport classes:
Legs, Trunk, and Arms (LTA)
In the LTA boat class athletes sit on a sliding seat and use legs, trunk, and arms to propel the boat. The LTA boat class is further broken down into the following subclasses:
1. Physical Disability (LTA-PD)
2. Visual Impairment (LTA-VI)
3. Intellectual Disability (LTA-ID)
Trunk, and Arms (TA)
In the TA boat class athletes sit on a fixed seat with strapping across the lap, and use trunk and arms to propel the boat.
Arms, and Shoulders (AS)
In the AS boat class, athletes sit on a fixed seat with fixed back support (shown below) with strapping across the chest and lap, and use arms and shoulders to propel the boat.
Row Nova Scotia holds ‘Come and Try’ events to show interested individuals equipment and let them try the stroke on a rowing machine or on the water. Through these sessions, we can determine personal needs for equipment and program adaptations. If you require special equipment including seating cushions, braces or prosthetic devices, please bring all these things so that we can get a sense of your abilities and any needs for equipment adaptation.
Nova Scotia has offered para-rowing for over a decade. Two clubs in Nova Scotia, Halifax Rowing Club and North Star Rowing Club offer para-rowing programs. Contact the clubs to learn about their each para-rowing equipment, programs and coaching.
As RCA continues to align programs with the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, rowing clubs are directing their attention to sculling programs that teach basic rowing techniques and boat handling skills that are fundamental to safe, enjoyable and injury-free rowing. Learning good movement patterns and boat sense is critical to success successful and enjoyment in all stages of the athlete development model, especially in the beginning.
For more information : RCA Can Row Skills Event Book
The Skills Event is designed to encourage athletes to master the basic the basic boat handling skills that:
1) are fundamental to safe, enjoyable, injury-free rowing;
2) are required in order to race safely and with confidence in sanctioned regattas; and
3) encourage rowers to practice good techniques while training. Crews that row well technically will be able to to perform the skills more effectively.