We Love Novies

One of the aims of CRC is to promote the sport of rowing within the community. An avenue that the Club actively pursues to achieve this aim is through the development of Novice Rowers.

The aim is to provide an entry-point for members of the public to learn and develop the basic skills of rowing. No upfront commitments for the first few sessions, such as membership of the club, are required to participate, thus allowing anyone to try their hand at the sport before joining the Club.

Sessions are conducted from the Canterbury Rowing Club boatshed by the Avon River at Kerrs Reach.

Club/Senior Squad

We are always on the lookout for school leavers and other rowers who have moved to Christchurch from other centers to join this squad. The Senior and Club Rowers include all CRC members who wish to be considered for the top crews to compete at the National Rowing Championships. The members of this squad will compete at all regattas throughout the season in differing boat categories.

School Rowing

Christchurch secondary schools that are affiliated to the Club are: 

  • Avonside Girls' High School
  • Cashmere High School  
  • Christchurch Girls' High School 
  • Christchurch Boys' High School 


Someone who is just starting out in the sport who wishes to be competitive in the Novice grade (for first year rowers) will probably train 4-5 times per week with the rest of the squad or crew. These sessions will normally be in the evening on weekdays or mornings in the weekend but can scheduled to suit the group and coach.

Most regattas are held in the weekends and are both days (travel Friday night and return to Chch after racing on Sunday PM). We do have an annual training camp in early January for 5-6 days which we encourage everyone to attend. The season culminates for the out of School athletes with the National Champs which are held over 5 days in February and for the Secondary School Rowers the finale is Maadi Cup (NZSS Champs), this is a six day regatta held during summer tournament week.