Rules and Guidelines
It’s a team effort!
The following age categories are per Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Rules of Racing, revised January 28, 2018:
1. Under 17 – A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 17 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which s/he reaches the age of 16.
2. Under 19 – A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 19 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which s/he reaches the age of 18.
3. Under 23 – A rower or coxswain may compete as an Under 23 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which s/he reaches the age of 22.
4. Senior – A rower or coxswain of any age may compete as a Senior.
5. Master – A rower may compete as a Master from the beginning of the year during which s/he attains the age of 21. Master’s Age Classifications (age reached as of the current calendar year):
- AA age: 21-26 years
- A age: 27-35 years
- B age: 36-42 years
- C age: 43-49 years
- D age: 50-54 years
- E age: 55-59 years
- F age: 60-64 years
- G age: 65-69 years
- H age: 70-74 years
- I age: 75-79 years
- J age: 80-84 years
- K age: 85-89 years
- L age: 90 years and over
MMAAC Rowing participation guidelines include:
- Please arrive 15 minutes before practice. Being on time will ensure each participant gets a seat in a boat. Late arrivals may not be able to participate.
- Please report all broken or damaged equipment to your Coach.
- Please wear snug fitting and weather appropriate clothing, as the MMAAC Rowing programs run ‘rain or shine’!
- Socks must be worn while rowing. This is an important measure to ensure proper hygiene in the rowing shoes.
- Follow the lake traffic pattern at all times.
- Conduct yourself in a mature and responsible manner and treat other club members and club equipment with respect at all times.
- Members, family, and friends are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the club, including all social events! Members are encouraged to volunteer with the club including fundraising, boat bay maintenance and assisting with regattas.
- Click HERE to review the Mic Mac AAC Rowing Cold Water Rules.
The Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club Rowing program (MMAAC Rowing) designates a limited amount of space for members in good standing to store privately owned rowing shells (PORS). Details on the process for requesting and maintaining storage of PORS on site are outlined in the following document:
Please feel free to contact the club at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
All coaches at Mic Mac AAC Rowing are in-training, trained, or certified by Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) as either Learn to Row Instructors, RCA Coaches, and/or RCA Performance Coaches. Each are experienced rowers, have completed Emergency First Aid / CPR training, obtained their Pleasure Craft Operators Card, and have been approved through the Criminal Records check with HRM Police.
Rick Storm, Coach – Junior / U23 / Sr / Adult Competitive Programs
Rick came to MicMac Rowing club in 2020 with over 30 years of rowing and coaching experience. He started rowing in his early teenage years winning several Henley medals and continues rowing to this date.
Rick started coaching rowing in 1990, coaching High School programs for many years. In 2005, Rick began coaching with the St. Catharines Rowing Club. He became Head Coach of the Jr.A mens program from 2012-2014, leading his crews to 4 gold Henley medals. During this time Rick was invited as assistant coach with the Jr. National Team winter training camp at Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia.
Rick will be overseeing and implementing the MicMac training and coaching program. He will also be coaching our Jr. Competitive and Adult Competitive program.
Josh Barucha, Coach – Jr. / Novice/ U23 / Adult Competitive
Josh is originally from Uxbridge, Ontario and came to Halifax to study marine biology at Dalhousie university. I began rowing in 2016 on my high school team and fell in love with the sport. I continued to row competitively and rowed in regattas across the province. I joined the Dalhousie varsity rowing team my first year and have been an active member since. I am now starting my fourth year on the team and as co-president.
Maya Foster Thompson, Coach – Adult Learn to Row, Sumer Camps
Maya started rowing in 2016. She rowed recreationally for two years before beginning to compete in the fall of 2018. She has participated in multiple local regattas, and looking forward to travelling to Montreal to compete at ERA’s this summer. Maya attends Dartmouth High, and spends her free time practicing karate, painting, and drawing. She is looking forward to her first summer of coaching this year!
Angela Hersey, Coach – Adult Learn to Row, Novice
Angela started rowing as a Junior in 1998, right here at Mic Mac AAC. In 2001 she rowed with team Nova Scotia at the Canada Games, competing in the W8+. Soon after, she was recruited by Halifax Rowing Club to cox their master’s women’s 8+ crew that went on to compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. In 2006 Angela taught Learn-to-Row at the Vancouver Rowing Club, sharing her knowledge and love for the sport to the eager new athletes. After a few years hiatus from rowing she came back to rowing in NS, and rowed for several years at Halifax Rowing Club and Mic Mac AAC. After successfully leading the Adult Masters Competitive program since 2017, she is excited to continue on the coach for this program in 2019.
A committed group of volunteers serves as the Steering Committee for the MMAAC Rowing Club. They manage all aspects of club operations including membership, programming, staffing, finances, equipment, and facilities.
Steering Committee Members for 2023-24:
- Sandra Bermingham – Co-Chair
- Rhonda Wilson – Co-Chair
- Catherine Ozon – Registrar Rowing
- Linda Young
- Mark Sebestik
Rowing Representatives on the Mic Mac AAC Board of Directors (effective March 2023)
- Graham Judge
- Sandra Bermingham
- Rhonda Wilson
MMAAC Rowing is organized and managed almost exclusively by volunteers.
“It takes a village” to maintain and grow the club, and provide a positive experience for program participants. MMAAC Rowing encourages its members to become involved in the clubs operation. Volunteering is a great way to make friends and to become part of the rowing community.
There are various ways you can help out at the club!
- Volunteer at regattas as a timer or safety boat operator. Consider becoming certified to serve as an Official.
- Be on a Committee
- Volunteer specific skills, services, or materials
- Fundraising activities
Our goal is to share the work, make new friends and have fun!
Parents – you are already supporting our athletes by engaging them in an activity that allows them to be active and outside, learning life skills such as teamwork and communication. Thank you for the many drives back and forth to their practices; for ensuring they are well fed, hydrated, and rested; and that they can pursue their rowing dreams of success!
Coaches – Most coaches work many hours beyond what they are paid for. They attend various training sessions to ensure they are providing a safe environment for their athletes to perform their very best. Ask your Coach what you can do to help… simple acts of assistance help the Coach focus on what is most important.
Fans – Come cheer us on! Whether at a local or international regatta, Novice or high performance, all athletes deserve a cheering section. See our calendar for a list of upcoming events.
Fundraising – there is a cost associated with providing suitable equipment, environment, programs, and coaching to athletes, The best fundraising strategy is to build our membership. Please consider any of the following financial contributions:
- Refer a friend to join one of our programs
- Support a young athlete by sponsoring their registration fees, uniform purchase, etc
- Attend or support one of our many annual fundraisers
- Contact our Steering Committee regarding a large contribution. We are open to various forms of recognition, to be discussed with the donor.