Mic Mac AAC Rowing Programs Resume June 9, 2020


Revised June 2, 2020

We are pleased to share preliminary plans for resumption of rowing programs at Mic Mac AAC!

COVID-19 safety precautions have changed the way the club can be accessed and deliver programs. Volunteers from the Mic Mac AAC Rowing Steering Committee, and Mic Mac AAC Board have been working with Row Nova Scotia (RNS) and Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) to ensure that any activity offered by the club is compliant with current restrictions and best practices.

Given the rapidly changing environment, the club will start by offering access in a 4-week block (Block 1). Rest assured that the intent is to keep the boathouse operating for the remainder of the on-water season, however this document will solely outline plans for the first four weeks. If things go well, further blocks of club access will be released.

Block 1 Highlights:

  • The goal is to facilitate access to rowing equipment for personal enjoyment and recreation. There will be no specific programs or practices. The focus of staff will be to ensure that our risk mitigation plan is being followed, and only addressing safety issues while on the water. There will be no technical coaching or formal practices/training plans.
  • Thorough site access, social distancing, cleaning/disinfecting, and logging procedures have been developed, and will be shared with those who register for Block 1.
  • Equipment access will be limited to singles and doubles. Doubles may only be used when both of the rowers are from the same household.
  • The club will offer 5 sessions/day, 5 days/week for 4 weeks.
  • Registrants can sign-up for up to 3 sessions/week.
  • A sign-up link will be sent to those who have registered, so they can reserve size-appropriate equipment for their preferred days and times. Individual schedules may vary from week to week, but where possible, rowers are encouraged to maintain consistency, to reduce the number of people they are in contact with.
  • Only those with confirmed boat assignment should attend the session. Private boat owners must also register via this link when they are using their own boat to ensure that maximum group size restrictions are not exceeded.
  • Maximum group size is 9 rowers + the staff person.

Block 1 Rower Competency:

Rowers using singles and doubles during Block 1 must self-identify as competent to do so. How do you know if you are considered “competent” in this context?

  • For those using singles, you have rowed in a single at least 5 times without tipping.
  • For those using doubles, you have rowed in a double at least 5 times without tipping.
  • You have tipped in a rowing shell at least once, and when you have tipped, you have been able to get back in the rowing shell either with/without assistance.
  • You are able to swim at least 50m and tread water for 5 minutes, without assistance from a PFD.

Feel free to contact a recent coach, or email micmacaacrowing@gmail.com if you would like a second opinion on your competency. Individuals who know that they do not meet these criteria should not register for Block 1. Hopefully restrictions will ease enough for the club to provide appropriate support for your level of rowing experience in future blocks. Sadly, this means that no Learn to Row programs will be offered during Block 1.

Block 1 Dates:

Based on current conditions, programs will run from Tuesday, June 9 to Saturday, July 4, 2020. In the event that conditions change, the Block 1 start date will shift into the future as needed, but will remain 4 weeks long.

Block 1 Schedule:

One session/day is designated for Junior rowers, and four sessions/day are designated for Adult rowers. This is based on past registration numbers, and may be adjusted based on actual registrations for Block 1. Exceptions are permitted for Adults/Juniors from the same household who wish to row together. For example, a parent and child who wish to row together may attend either a Junior timeslot or an Adult timeslot.

Sessions may be added on Sundays and/or Mondays if registration numbers warrant doing so.

Block 1 Program Fee:

  • Program fees are the same for Junior and Adult participants.
  • The RCA Online Registration system will automatically add annual membership fees of $24 to RCA, and $15 to RNS to the program fee for the first program each participant joins each membership year (April 1-March 31).
  • For up to 3 sessions/week: program fee = $100, + $24 RCA + $15 RNS = $139 total

Registration and Payment:

Registration and payment is only being processed via the RCA Online Registration System. Click HERE for step-by-step instructions.

Questions?

Contact us via email at micmacaacrowing@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you (from at least 2m away) very soon!