COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Contact RCA ( and and your PRA immediately regarding any possible COVID-19 exposure at your club.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak rapidly evolves in Canada, we are all now facing significant and unique challenges. These are exceptionally difficult times and our number one priority is the health and well-being of our rowing community. 

Working with RCA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mike Wilkinson and informed by the Canadian Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, we continue to closely monitor the situation. We encourage our member organizations to remain informed through regular updates from health authorities and other governing agencies within their jurisdiction. 

The RCA office, located in the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), is currently closedStaff are working remotely and are accessible via email and phone.  

We are updating our online events listing as regattas, workshops, and special events are cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Please refer to our Events page for more information.

RCA Updates 

July 31 – Indoor Activity/Use or Ergometers
RCA permits the use of ergometers outdoors with appropriate spacing in placing (at minimum 2m). RCA permits the use of ergometers indoors for individual use only. Indoor group erg training is not advised.

As some re-opening phases across Canada will now allow indoor activity, we strongly advise that clubs avoid the use of ergometers indoors for group training until the risks are further evaluated. RCA will continue to provide updates and recommendations based on the medical advice of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mike Wilkinson.

July 10 2020 National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup Cancelled
July 9 Return to Rowing #3
June 26 Return to Rowing #2
May 15 Return to Rowing #1
April 29 2020 Cascadia RCA Masters Championships Cancelled
April 16 – Member Update
April 9 – International Event Cancellations
April 2 – Member Update and Support
March 23 – Statement of Support
March 17 – Guidance for RCA Member Organizations 
March 10 

General Resources

Health Canada 
World Health Organization 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
FISA Sports Medicine Commission

Return to Rowing Planning

Risk Assessment and Mitigation Checklist Tool
RCA Webinar: Return to Rowing Planning [webinar recording] [slides]
RCA Webinar: “New to Rowing” Programs [webinar recording] [Argonaut RC resources] [Calgary RC resources]


Cleaning and disinfecting (8.5×11)
Frequency of cleaning and disinfecting (8.5×11)
Get In – Row – Get Out (small, 8.5×11)
Get In – Row – Get Out (large, 11×17)

Financial Assistance

RCA COVID-19 Relief Funding Application
Sport Law and Strategy Group – Summary of available financial support for sport organizations
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Federal Assistance Information

Organization Management

Sport Law and Strategy Group – Managing your sport organization in the COVID-19 environment
RCA Webinar: Managing your organization in the COVID-19 environment
Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program
Template: Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement (Updated – COVID-19 and online programming included)
Template: Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Indemnity Agreement (Updated – COVID-19 and online programming included)

Tokyo 2020

Joint statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee on the postponement of the Games to 2021

Sport Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) Advisories 

July 15
June 30
June 17
June 3
May 21
May 6
April 29
April 22
April 15
April 8
April 1
March 25
March 23
March 21
March 19 
March 17 
March 15 
March 13 
March 11 
March 8 

For questions or concerns, contact Rowing Canada Aviron Chief Executive Officer, Terry Dillon.