Athletes & Parents

Why Try Rowing

Why Try Rowing

Rowing is for everyone. Whether you are an aspiring Olympian or a weekend warrior, rowing is a diverse sport with programs suited to athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Rowing = Community

The rowing community in Ontario is a tight-knit group where participants can establish strong bonds with their fellow rowers and life-long friendships.

A social sport at its core, many rowing clubs have a clubhouse where members can meet to train together and socialize. Clubs and rowing organizations may also host social events and the encouraging and positive environment when attending a regatta is a great way to meet new people and cheer on your fellow rowers.

Rowing promotes teamwork and camaraderie, not just for rowers but for all coaches, umpires and volunteers who work together to make the rowing community in Ontario such a vibrant and welcoming group.

Get To Know Our Sport

Rowing is a sport that appeals to people of all ages and abilities. Many clubs offer flexible ways to take part in social rowing or in a competitive rowing program. If you’ve rowed before and want to get back in a boat, or want to try it out for the first time, you can get started by finding a club in your area today.

Sculling vs. Sweeping

The are two styles of rowing which rowers compete in – Sculling and Sweeping. Two-oared sculling is a form of rowing in which a boat is propelled by one or more rowers, each of whom operates two oars, one held in the fingers and upper palm of each hand. Sweeping, or sweep-oar rowing, is a type of rowing when a rower has one oar, held with both hands. As each rower has only one oar, the rowers have to be paired so that there is an oar on each side of the boat.

Rowing Offers Something for Everyone

Rowing provides many different forms of adventure, whether it is a gratifying training session on the erg, a serene trip down on one of Ontario’s glass-like flatwater venues, or being hit by large waves as you try coastal rowing. The sport of rowing offers a variety of options for all.

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