Interested in rowing? You’re in the right place!
Rowing takes place at the more than 40 local rowing organizations across BC. The entire rowing community in BC emphasizes creating a safe and welcoming experience for all regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or other factors that make each of us unique! Whether your interest is just for fun or you have competitive aspirations, there is a program for you.
Use the map below to find out more about local rowing organizations in your area and the opportunities available through each. For additional support, contact [email protected] and click through the other information pages in this “Find your place in rowing” section.
Rowing in BC has long led Canada in terms of diversity and inclusion.
- Born in Alert Bay, BC, 1956 Olympic silver medallist Carl Ogawa was the first Asian-Canadian Olympian/Olympic medallist.
- From the Vancouver Rowing Club’s launch of the first Canadian women’s rowing program in 1971 and the launch of the UBC’s women’s program in 1976, and with ground-breaking BC athletes like Tricia Smith followed by Silken Laumann, Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle along with coaches like Al Morrow, Rowing BC has been a key player in balancing the boat for women’s participation in sport. According to Rowing Canada, “Starting in 1977, Canadian women’s crews initiated a series of medal wins unparalleled in the western world.”
- Vancouver Rowing Club programs introduced Deaf Sport athletes to learn-to-row programs in 1979.
- As of 2018, Para rowing is included in all regattas held in BC.
We are confident there is a safe and welcoming place in rowing just for you too!