Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need previous experience to join the team?
No. The program is divided into novice, experienced and advanced categories. We have an appropriate level for everyone.
How do I join the team?
The Best Way: Attend the student meeting at school and leave your contact information or email a teacher sponsor expressing interest. Then, bring your parents to the parent meeting that is usually on the first Thursday back in September. Full details for registration are covered and all your questions will be answered.
Alternatively: The full registration has three parts and can be done from home online. Use the link to registration on the main menu of this website. This process can be glitchy, but does work. It might be worth contacting the teacher sponsor prior to attempting to register online.
Is the team fully insured?
Yes. All athletes are insured through the school district insurance policy as this is a school-related activity AND through Rowing Canada.
How much does rowing cost?
Each athlete pays a $257.20 registration fee which covers a GVYRS membership ($200), a Rowing BC membership ($10), and a Rowing Canada membership ($20). It also covers a $17.20 flat rate for regatta fees at all three of the sanctioned high school regattas. There is also a $100 volunteer bond that must be submitted, and it is only cashed if you do not do any volunteer shifts at the three regattas. There are opportunities for reducing these fees through Kidsport or potentially through Parkland Secondary's Administration team.
When are practices going to be for 2018?
The water practice schedule is posted on the website with more details, but water workouts are on Tuesdays and Fridays after school and on Saturday mornings. Dry-land practices will be at school on Wednesdays or Thursdays beginning at 3:20 pm and ending between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm.
How do athletes get to and from the lake?
Transportation to and from the lake is the sole responsibility of the parents/guardians. If there is interest from our parent group, then a school bus could be arranged to get students to the lake for weekday practices. Parents would still be responsible for pick up, and a fee would apply. Map to the Elk Lake Boathouse