Volunteer Opportunities with Edmonton Rowing Club

Our club relies heavily on the involvement of all club members to maintain our operations, programs, and services.

ERC athletes (or their parents) commit to 20-30 hours of volunteering every season. For the current membership year, you must complete your volunteer hours by March 31, 2019.  You will have many opportunities to complete your volunteer hours. Coaching or coxing a row For Kids team, assisting at regattas, participating in facility cleanups, and committee work are just a few examples.

Large numbers of volunteers are required to host this year’s scheduled events, so please consider these dates in your plans:

  • April 28 or May 5, 2018 (firm date to be confirmed based on river conditions):  Club facility cleanup and dock installation at the ERC
  • June 16, 2018:High School Regatta at Telford Lake, Leduc
  • June 23, 2018: Prairie Championships at Telford Lake, Leduc
  • September 8, 2018: Row for Kids Regatta at Telford Lake, Leduc
  • Fall 2018 – Date TBA:  Head of the North Saskatchewan at the ERC

If you would like more information about volunteering with the ERC, please contact your Volunteer Coordinators, Cathy Block and Justina Watt, at ercvolunteering@gmail.com.   New for this year, you can sign up on-line for various volunteer tasks.  Please use this sheet to sign up. Pick a task in the y-axis and a month in x-axis, connect the two in the grid and add your name. Tasks will be updated throughout the season, as will regatta details.

Logging Volunteer Hours – IMPORTANT 

Please use this link to record your volunteering hours at the ERC. This is important for members to keep track of the hours they have completed, but also for the club to be informed about the number of hours of volunteering it takes to run our club.

Regatta Opportunities

You may be asked to fulfill some of your volunteer hours by planning and operating a particular event such as a regatta. These  ‘one-off’ commitments usually involve a full day (or two) worth of time, either in the lead-up to the event, or on race day. Experience is not necessarily needed and other club members and volunteers are happy to help instruct newer volunteers.

Some examples where volunteers provide important assistance at a regatta are:

  • Timing & Results: Operating a backup stopwatch, marking times, working with results software. Taking the results and posting them in the designated places, taking timing tapes from the start/finish line to the results office.
  • Start-line  Marshalling (or assisting) at the start, helping to organize and to arrange boats into the correct order for the umpires.
  • Control Commission – Helping with duties at the boat launch; supporting umpires, ensuring required boat numbers are available and properly distributed, and that coxswains have appropriate weight.
  • Race Course Set-up and Take Down – Helping prepare the start/finish areas for the beginning of each race day, putting equipment away for the day.
  • Hospitality  Helping prepare lunches and snacks for volunteers prior to race-day. Managing snacks and available refreshments on race day.
  • Safety boat/Umpire boat drivers – Operating a motor boat during the race,  assisting any boats that may have technical difficulties or safety issues, watching for and recording any rule infractions, reporting as directed.  Boat drivers must have a pleasure craft operator’s licence.
  • Medical personnel – Attending the regatta to manage any medical emergencies that occur during the event.  This position is suitable for individuals who are trained  healthcare practitioners (a doctor, nurse or emergency medical responder).