We are a dynamic non-profit organization that provides the sport of rowing to the Region of Waterloo. We are located on the Grand River across from Freeport Hospital. We’re affiliated with the City of Kitchener (Community Services), the City of Waterloo, RowOntario and Rowing Canada Aviron.
Come join us on the Grand River to experience this wonderful sport!
Rowing is a low impact sport which emphasizes both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning while increasing strength, endurance and flexibility.
A long thin boat known as a shell is used in rowing. The seat slides forward and back, allowing the rower to use the strength of their legs to drive the shell through the water. The upper body provides stability and the arms guide the oars.
There are two basic types of rowing: sculling and sweep.
In sculling, each rower uses two oars, whereas in sweep, only one oar is used. A sweep oar is longer than a sculling oar.
Rowing is a fun sport for all ages.
At the Kitchener Waterloo Rowing Club, we provide ergometers (rowing machines) to support your workout. The following shells are available:
A Coxed Four has four rowers each with one oar, and a coxswain* to steer the shell and call commands.
A Quad has four rowers, each with two oars. The shell is generally steered by the bow person.
A Double has two rowers, each with two oars. The shell is steered by the bow person.
A Single has only one rower with two oars.
There are additional types of shells at other clubs in Ontario which you may find yourself in should you compete in a regatta:
An Eight is a shell which has eight rowers, each with one oar, and a coxswain* to steer the shell and call commands.
A Straight Four has four rowers each using one oar. The steering is generally done by the bow person using their foot.
A Pair has two rowers, each using one oar. The bow person is generally the one who steers with their foot.
*Coxswain: member of the crew who sits stationary at the stern of the shell facing forward. The coxswain’s main job is to steer the shell, and also to coach and motivate the crew. Also known as a ‘coxie’, he/ she is selected for their small size, rowing knowledge and positive attitude.
Coxies NEVER yell “Stroke!”