Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club Vancouver

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In a Nutshell

A non-profit club that teaches participants the basics of coastal rowing between the Jericho and Locarno Beaches

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jul 17, 2017. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. 72 hr cancellation policy applies. Must be able to swim comfortably for 25 meters. Life jackets are provided and mandatory. Must be able to understand safety instructions (verbal & written) in English. If less than 3 students are signed up for a session, you may be moved to the next available class. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choice of:

  • Four Lesson “Learn to Row” (Session One: June 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th) Valid Wednesday
  • Four Lesson “Learn to Row” (Session Two: June 19th, 21st, 26ht, 28th) Valid Wednesday
  • Four Lesson “Learn to Row” (Session Three: July 3rd , 5th, 10th, 12th) Valid Wednesday
  • Four Lesson “Learn to Row” (Session Four: June 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th) Valid Saturday-Sunday
  • Four Lesson “Learn to Row” (Session Five: July 8th,9th,15th, & 16th) Valid Saturday-Sunday

-Each session is 1.5 hours long and must sign up for all 4 separately  -Coastal rowing is easier than other forms because the boats are balanced & do not tip over  -Learning curve is a few hours at most  -Learn in groups of 8 with 2 coaches

Established: 2015
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Brands Used: EuroDiffusion, Row2K, Concept 2, Croker, Whitehall,
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Dress appropriately and read the Welcome Package to ensure you’re prepared
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: surrounded by Vancouver’s natural beauty

Q&A with Jen, Secretary

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Coastal rowing is the extreme version, the adventure side of rowing. It involves rowing along a sea coast and out into the sea and is one of the fastest growing communities of rowers. It is especially popular in Italy, France and Great Britain to name a few. It can be found in all corners of the world including the Maldives and many parts of Africa. Coastal rowing boats are also used inland on some lakes and rivers where the water tends not to be flat.

As the old adage says, “Stuff happens.” What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Being safe of the water requires ongoing vigilance. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Coaches are trained through Row Canada who are the governing body of rowing in Canada. We have Jericho’s own volunteer Rescue Services. Every rowers is trained and is expected to understand the hazards of our environment. We have safety regulations and the first class reviews safety and capsize drills. All of this and more ensures that Coastal Rowing is a very safe sport.

What is the one feature of your business that you’re most proud of?
As a non profit our coastal rowing community at that of Jericho Sailing Centre are extremely supportive, kind, and love sharing their passion for the sport with others. This club has come together because individuals wanted a venue to share this passion and help it grow.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn’t cover?
Coastal Rowing enables you to go out in nearly all conditions, waves - we love them, wind - awesome challenge, rain? - who doesn’t like a little shower. Most of our rowers love going out for a row at their convenience and love distance. We regularly row 10km but can easily row 20 or 30 km is that’s what you feel like that day. It’s a non impact sport which has great physical benefits. It’s important to be comfortable on the water and in it. Although our boats are stable and capsizing is unlikely, and life jackets are mandatory, it is not the venue to address fear of open water.

Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club

Captain George Vancouver's journey through North America more than 200 years ago took him through the Salish Sea, a vast network of coastal waterways along the Northwestern Pacific Coast. The Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club (SSCR) take their name from the same sea that Vancouver traveled, and draw inspiration from his independence and imagination. The pioneering spirit is why the FISA (also known as the World Rowing Federation) recognized the SSCR as the first coastal rowing club in the British Columbia region.

Based out of the Jericho Sailing Centre, rowers of all skill levels are welcome, and instructors help students master the techniques required for handling all manner of watercraft. In addition to taking engaging hands-on lessons, club members can also check out crafts from the club's impressive fleet. Their Eurodiffusion boats are dedicated to coastal rowing, which means their boats are better built to withstand waves and chops than standard flat water rowing boats. That allows visitors to row in more diverse weather conditions. It also provides more time to row throughout the year in places like Vanvouver's English Bay, where rowers can see grey whales, harbor porpoises, seals, and a variety of sea birds.


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