Sport Program

The Sport (Recreation) Program is aimed at individuals looking for casual rowing in the wonderful River Valley on the North Saskatchewan River (up to 5 times per week during peak season) with some local racing, and occasional touring around the Alberta/BC Rockies.


Sport Rowing on the North Saskatchewan River

Sport rowers have dedicated, coached rowing time slots 5 times per week during peak season between June 1 and September 30, and three (3) times per week during May and October (subject to water and weather conditions). A qualified coach provides coaching from a motorized boat.  The schedule is as follows:

May and October: Tues & Thurs evenings @ 6:00pm, Saturday mornings @ 9:30am

June – September: Mon – Thurs evenings @ 6:00pm, Saturday mornings @ 9:30am

Sport rowing operates on a session by session sign up basis where you sign up a few hours before each session so the coach can organise boastings beforehand. You can also drop-in but you may not get seated in a preferred boat and it’s important that you arrive on time. There are serious equipment, supervision and safety issues that are compromised if rowers arrive too early or too late. Plan to arrive at the boathouse at least 10 minutes before your scheduled rowing time.

Skill Development (year round)

Rowing is a developed skill and most rowers are interested in ongoing skill maintenance and improvement. The Sport coach will implement a program of progressive skill development that will be made available to all interested rowers both on the water and in our indoor training facilities.  If you have just completed a learn to row program, or are returning to the sport after a long absence, we provide transitional coaching until you are ready to participate fully in the regular sport program.

Fitness Training (summer and winter)

Many rowers are attracted to the sport by ongoing health and fitness benefits. It is a great cardiovascular workout, and also increases core muscle strength and a dedicated fitness schedule is followed during the winter months in our indoor facilities.

Touring for ERC members

Touring is a great way to combine a love for the outdoors with rowing and social camaraderie. As a result of an increased interest by club members in touring opportunities, a tours program has been developed. Past tours have focused on the lakes in Alberta/BC Rockies such as Maligne Lake, Slave Lake, Lake Louise, Cold Lake and lakes in regional Alberta resulting in some stunning pictures as you can see below.

Further Information

Click here for a comprehensive overview of the sport program.

For further information on the Sport rowing program, please email Maria Nanninga  (

Purchase Your Sport Membership

The following sport membership options are available for purchase on the Rowing Canada Aviron web registration system; registration opens April 1, 2018:

  • 0418S01 – Recreational Program $590.00 (3 bingos & 20 volunteer hours required) This membership option is for individuals looking for casual rowing (up to 5x/week during peak season), occasional touring around the Alberta/BC Rockies, and both summer/winter indoor fitness training and skill development.


  • 0418S02 – Recreational Program with Bingo Payout $890.00 (20 volunteer hours) This option is for rowers who want to join the recreational/sport program without working the bingos otherwise required of ERC members. Please be aware that revenue from bingos is a key part of the ERC’s annual budget, and your help with bingos would be much appreciated.


Click here for instruction on how to purchase membership/register for programs.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please email membership director Mei Wah Fong (

For a more competitive approach to rowing, consider the Competitive or Masters programs.