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ARGONAUT ROWING CLUB

Adult Membership Programs

The Argonaut Rowing Club has adult and youth programs to get you on the water. Our entry level programs are followed by skills development programs and, depending on your goals, we help you prepare for fitness and/or competitive programs. Our programs are designed to help you reach your rowing goals.

Interested in Para rowing? Learn more

Visiting from another rowing club? Check out Guest Rows.

I want to row. How does this work?

 We start with Learn to Row.

 Come Try It Day

 A free one-day event focused on experiencing what it's like to row

Learn to Row

10 hours of hands-on lessons over 3 weeks. Offered throughout the rowing season.

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 Then we help you develop your skills.

Learn to Train

For Learn to Row grads. Join our coached sculling and sweep sessions. Mix with more experienced members to hone your skills. Learn More

Learn to Compete

You've completed Learn to Train, or rowed before, and want to become competitive at regattas.

 Be fit for life.

Club Rowing

Row in a variety of boats. Gain confidence and independence, progress towards your goals: fitness, proficiency, racing. Learn More

 You want to excel.

Senior / Under 23

Our most elite competitive program limited to 25 athletes 6-9 times per week, with dedicated coaching. Learn more

Masters (21+)

Competitive crew, high level training, 3+ days a week. Learn more.


Get more information on being a coxswain.

Non-Rowing Memberships are also available. Check out dry land training, or becoming a Social Member

Member Programs

Any athlete can move between programs based on program capacity and athlete ability. Generally crews start to form in the spring; however, you can join any adult rowing program at any time in the season. 

If you are unsure of which program to join or just want more information, please contact us at rowingmanager@argonautrowingclub.com


Learn to Train - Continue Your Learning

Requirements: Learn to Row (LTR) graduate. Ages 18+

Fees: Contact membership@argonautrowingclub.com

The Learn-to-Train (“LTT”) recreational program is geared towards rowers who have either recently graduated from a Learn-to-Row class or are coming back to rowing after some time away from the sport. All registrants become a full member of the club and membership lasts until March 31, 2024.

LTT is a semi-introductory program where participants will hone their boat-handling skills, improve their technique, and build their rowing fitness to help them reach their rowing goals in a fun and engaging environment. Graduates of the Learn-to-Train program will have gained the skills necessary to join Club rowing or the Learn-to-Compete program.

Learn-to-Train participants have two practice blocks that they can choose to sign up for: morning sessions or evening sessions. Each block offers three rowing practices per week, and rowers can come to as many of these practices as they would like. The sessions are six weeks in length with each week dedicated to learning a new skill.

2023 Learn to Train Practice Schedule

 Session  Dates  Time
 Spring - AM  May 15 - June 23  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
 Spring - PM  May 16 - June 22  Tuesday - Thursday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
 Summer - AM  June 26 - August 4  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
 Summer - PM  June 27 - August 3  Tuesday - Thursday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
 Late Summer - AM  August 14 - September 22  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
 Late Summer - PM  August 15 - September 21  Tuesday - Thursday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
 Fall - PM  September 5 - October 5  Tuesday - Thursday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

 * Learn to Train rowers are asked to stay in their session (i.e. only mornings or only evenings) to maximize crew improvements and team bonding. 

Please read the 2023 Learn to Train Program Package for further information on the program description, expectations, selection process, practice logistics, and more.

Benefits: This program will allow you to improve your rowing technique and fitness levels. You are also entitled to all the benefits of a full member, including year-round access to the club, weight room, erg room, and social events.

Safety: All Learn to Train sessions are taught by qualified coaches.

Eligibility: Graduates of LTR. Ages 18+

More Information: Please contact rowingmanager@argonautrowingclub.com


Club Rowing - Fit for Life

Requirements: Learn to Train graduate or experienced rower. 18+

Frequency: Approximately 2-3 evenings per week and Saturday mornings

Our Club Rowing Program, formerly known as Recreational, typically rows two or three times per week in both sweep and sculling boats. Club Program crews often participate in sprint races over the summer and in several fall regattas, depending on interest.

This program is the ideal next step for new members who have completed Learn to Row or Learn to Train, as well as for those looking to row in a non-competitive environment and with a less rigorous training schedule. The objective is getting on the water and having fun rowing with others while continuing to build rowing skills – racing is the secondary objective.

An information session is held annually at the start of the season, usually in mid-April, which provides a great opportunity for Club Rowing members to form new crews or join existing crews with available space. However, you can join the Club Program at any time throughout the season.

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Masters (21+)

Requirements: Learn to Compete graduate or experienced competitive rower. 

Frequency: Approximately 4-5 days (morning or evenings) per week and Saturday mornings

The program is designed for rowers, aged 21+, who would like to continue rowing at a competitive level, while trying to combine it with their other commitments. The objective is to form crews that are compatible in technical competency, physical ability and age. Crews generally practice up to 7+ times per week and often compete in numerous sprint races in the spring/summer and head races in the fall.

You will see Argonaut Masters in action at the Tony Biernacki Sr. Memorial Masters Regatta, the CORA regattas in southern Ontario, as well as the ROWONTARIO Masters Championships, Rowing Canada Masters Championships, Royal Canadian Henley and several Head races (Head of the Trent, Head of the Welland).

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Seniors / Under 23 (18+)

Requirements: All competitive rowers Ages 18+

Frequency: Training minimum 6 mornings per week

The Senior program is for athletes who are over 18 and racing 2000m. The program includes a wide range of athletes; from those who are currently rowing in a university program and wish to continue training over the summer, to those who wish to continue pursuing a competitive rowing program at the club. The program involves an intensive training schedule with morning and afternoon practices.

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Coxswain - The Coach in the Boat

Requirements: no experience necessary

Frequency: flexible

Fees: Contact membership@argonautrowingclub.com

Like being on the water?

Be a leader and navigate Lake Ontario for your crew!

Every program needs a coxswain or two!

As a coxswain (a.k.a. coxie) you are in control of the boat both on and off the water. You are responsible for your own safety, the safety of your crew and of other water users and the equipment, much of which is extremely expensive to repair or replace. Therefore you need to be aware of what is going on around you at all times.

Within the boundaries of safety and working as a team with the rest of the club, your job is to make sure that your crew gets the most out of every outing, and wins races.

New to coxing?

We’ll give you the tools you need to feel confident guiding your crew.

For more information contact membership@argonautrowingclub.com

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1225 Lakeshore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C1

 


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