OTTAWA ROWING CLUB
 

NEWS

Masters women kick-off meeting - April 20 - 6:30 pm

Any women interested in rowing with the Master's program this summer/fall are invited to a Season Kick-Off Meeting this coming Monday, 20 April at 6:30pm @ the Royal Oak pub on Echo Drive (off the Pretoria Bridge, on the canal).

We will discuss a training program & coaching, regattas & goals, and etc.

 

Starting order and rules - ORC Ergatta - April 18

April 14, 2015

Here is the starting list for the ORC Ergatta on Saturday morning at the club. First race is 8:00 am.

Here are the rules for the Ergatta.

Rower's screen view at start.

Rower's screen view during race.

Please note when your start time is (see 'ORC Ergatta April 2015, Rowers by Last Name' document). Also read all other attachments so that you will be good to go for the Ergatta, and also help make the Ergatta run smoothly.

The club will be open at 7:00 am . The final race will end by 10am.

Please note that there is a Safety Course being offered after the Ergatta is done. The start time will be around 10:20am at the club.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you at the Ergatta.

Mr. Tang
ORC

 

ORC Spring Ergatta - April 18

April 13, 2015

The ORC spring ergatta will be held on Saturday, April 18 at the Ottawa Rowing Club starting in the morning. All ORC athletes are strongly encouraged to be there to race and to cheer on teammates. Registration deadline is Sunday, April 12. Don’t wait.

Sign up now online (it takes 30 seconds!):

 

ORC Umpires Named to Canadian National Regattas Juries and Pan American Games Regatta

April 13, 2015

The ORC is very proud of our umpires who have been named to the 2105 RCA Canadian National Regattas Juries and as National Technical Officials to the Pan American Games Regatta. ORC umpires selected include: Wes Kuran for the Pan American Games Regatta, Melanie Bryce as Assistant Chief Umpire at the Canadian Masters Championships, and Andy Binda and Marie-Sophie Desaulniers for the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.

Congratulations to Wes, Melanie, Andy and Marie-Sophie on your latest achievements!

 

ORC Volunteers are the Heart of the ORC

April 13, 2015

Undeniably, ORC volunteers are the best! Case in point: the spring club clean up this past weekend. That’s just one of what will be many examples where ORC volunteers will come together this rowing season to get a job done. From coaching and officiating, to sitting on the Board, to rigging and fixing boats and docks, to sweeping a boat bay, to spreading the good word about the ORC and our community, and much, much more…volunteers are at the heart of the ORC.

This week, April 12-18, is National Volunteer Week. We celebrate, thank, recognize and cheer all of our volunteers for a job well done, over and over again. We look forward to an amazing rowing season because of you!

 

Reminder: Ergs Back to ORC April 17

April 13, 2015

A reminder that the ergs will move back to the ORC from the OAC on April 18th in the afternoon. ORC members also registered at the OAC can continue to use the OAC facilities until April 30th but the ergs will be at the ORC as of April 18th.

 

Rowing Canada Aviron invites applications for the Future Athlete Bursary

April 10, 2015

Young rowers and para-rowers aspiring to represent Canada can apply to receive financial support as they continue to be a student/athlete in Canada.

Introduced in 2014 upon receipt of a generous donation, Rowing Canada Aviron will provide financial support of $2,000, consisting of two $1,000 payments, for up to five athletes who have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate potential of becoming a high performance athlete in one of Rowing Canada Aviron¹s high performance programs (open women and men, lightweight women and men, and para-rowing).

Read the full article here.

 

Learn To Row Instructor Clinic - May 9/10 at the ORC

April 10, 2015

Interested in becoming a Learn To Row Instructor? The ORC is hosting a LTR Instructor clinic on May 9-10.

Sign up online here.

The NCCP Learn to Row (LTR) Instructor workshop is an ideal place to begin your coaching career, or to expand your current coaching knowledge.

This 1.5 day workshop, led by experienced LTR instructors, will provide you with the confidence to run a safe and quality program that introduces beginners of all ages to the sport.

Not only does this workshop provide you with 12 lesson plans to use or adapt for your own program, but it also introduces drills, and how to set up equipment, to ensure a comfortable, injury-free, rowing experience.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS WORKSHOP? Anyone with experience rowing at the high school, club, or university level with basic rowing technical knowledge and who wants to instruct new rowers.

WHO WOULD YOU COACH? You would coach individuals with no previous rowing experience who are in the Learn to Train stage of LTAD. Athlete ages could range from 10 years old to 65, depending on the type of program. Programs could be for youth, kids camps, university students, and/or adults taking a Learn to Row course.

 

Volunteers needed!

April 2, 2015

The Ottawa Rowing Club is fortunate to have a wonderful network of devoted and hard working volunteers who have made the ORC the RowOntario Club of the Year in 2014. The ORC rowing community is a happy and welcoming place to spend time and pay it forward. If you enjoy being outside, close to water and making a difference, we would love to have your help! Some specific club needs include:

Trade expertise: Electrician, mechanic, boat repair, landscape
Website design
Social media and communications expertise
Fundraising expertise
Legal expertise
Marketing expertise
Special events
Coaches and officials
…and helping hands in general.

If you can help, please contact melissa@ottawarowingclub.com. Thank you!

 

Extending your OAC membership

April 3, 2015

For those interested in extending their OAC membership beyond the end of April after winter training finishes

OAC summer membership poster

 

Rackage fees due April 1

March 30, 2015

Rackage fees are due by April 1 for any person storing a personal single at the ORC boathouse. Fees must be paid online through the Ronin registration system:

If there are questions regarding rackage fees or payment of rackage fees, please contact the ORC Registrar, Greg Brown.

 

ORC Athlete Representative

March 24, 2015


An ORC Athlete Representative must be selected this spring for a one year term. The Athlete Rep is a voting officer of the Executive Committee and acts as the representative of all competitive athletes. The Athlete Rep also manages the Athletes’ Fund.

If you are interested in giving back to your club and sport as Athlete Rep send an email to ORC Secretary Jenna Pelham, by April 12. The Athlete Rep will be voted in at the April 18 Ergatta.

Many thanks and much recognition goes to Lilianne Page for her dedicated service as Athlete Rep for the past year.

 

Special Events at The Boathouse

March 19, 2015

Are you planning a special event or corporate meeting and need a unique, rejuvenating location? Move out of the boring hotel boardroom and into the waterfront ORC Boathouse - the perfect getaway to gather with friends or colleagues. The Boathouse offers flexibility, privacy, a waterfront view, free parking and close proximity to downtown Ottawa. Email specialevents@ottawarowingclub.com for more information.

 

Seeking 2015 Learn to Row Rowing instructors / Summer Camp Counsellors

March 11,2015

Full job descriptions for the positions can be found here.

Summary of Duties:

The ORC’s summer youth camp is a great way for youth to get involved in athletics and learn the basics of an exciting and challenging sport. Carried out on the beautiful Ottawa River, the camp allows youth the opportunity to learn how to row from qualified instructors in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Rowing instructors / youth camp counsellors create a fun and safe environment in which participants get involved in athletics and learn the basics of an exciting and challenging sport. Instructors are responsible for day to day management of the camp and will provide all on land and on water instruction with a focus towards individual skill development within a fun and safe environment.

As well, Instructors will be asked to teach rowing to beginners, both adults and youth, through the Learn-to-Row program.

This position requires a high level of rowing knowledge, enthusiasm, initiative, and passion. The instructor position provides a fantastic opportunity to enhance teaching, people, administrative and rowing abilities!

Specific responsibilities include:

• Supervise and instruct up to 20 participants during one session
• Monitor rowing and safety equipment, ensuring in advance equipment is ready for each session, arranging for repairs where necessary
• Participate in day to day planning of activities and rowing focuses
• Promote the transition from youth camp and learn-to-row into further rowing programs within the club

Qualifications Required

• Successful completion of the RCA/ROWONTARIO LTR Instructor program
• Pleasure craft operating card is required for this position
• Mandatory Standard First Aid and CPR or willing to certify before the beginning of camp
• Comprehensive knowledge of rowing within a competitive environment
• Experience instructing /coaching
• Effective customer service experience
• Strong communication and organizational skills
• Flexibility and ability to work on several tasks at once
• Willingness to get directly involved in ORC activities and programs
• Self-motivated / willing to take initiative / problem-solver
• Ability to work independently, with a minimum of supervision
• Previous experience working within a camp environment is an asset
• Willingness to submit to a Police Criminal Records Check
• Bilingualism is an asset

APPLICATION GUIDELINES:

Submit a cover letter and resume by email to melissa@ottawarowingclub.com no later than March 31st 2015. Please include Youth camp counsellor application in your subject line.

 

Water safety and PFDs

March 3, 2015

Be safe this rowing season and invest in your own Personal Flotation Device (PFD) - all rowers are encourage to have one.

The Chandlery Marine Supplies (367 Poulin Ave, Ottawa) offers ORC members a 15% discount off the regular price of the Mustang Inflatable Belt Pack PFD. You can find the product and price here:

Thank you to The Chandlery for extending this discount to our members and keeping us safe this rowing season!


Ottawa Rowing Club Fees 2015

February 26, 2015


All fees include HST, credit card processing fees, and Rowing Canada and Row Ontario fees (competitive $91, others $20).

Program From To Total fee
Full Members      
Competitive April 1 Nov 15

$999.00

Competitive (spring/summ) April 1 August 15 $690.00
Competitive (summer) June 15 August 15 $525.00
Competitive (summer/fall) June 15 Nov 15 $690.00
Competitive (fall) Aug 15 Nov 15

$443.00

Cox April 1 Nov 15 $113.00
Receartional (full) April 1 Nov 15 $659.00
Masters (full) April 1 Nov 15 $730.00
       
Seasonal programs      
Recreational (spring/summer) April 1 Aug 15 $412.00
Recreational (fall) Aug 15 Nov 15 $329.00
High School Rowing (spring) April 1 June 15 299.00
Junior Competitive Foundations (summer and fall)

June 15

Aug 15

Sept 1

Oct 31

$299.00
Junior Competitive Development (summer and fall)

June 15

Aug 15

Sept 1

Oct 31

$299.00
Guest (one month)     $216.00
University Aug 15 Nov 15 $370.00
       
Instructional programs      
Adult Rowing League June 1 July 31 $245.00
Learn to Row (Five sessions)     $210.00
Discover rowing summer camps (per week)     $230.00
       
Other      
Rackage fee     $320.00

 

The Ottawa River Centre

February 25, 2015

Imagine a happy place where...Runners run. Paddlers paddle. Hikers hike. Rowers row. Walkers walk. Cyclists cycle. Children play. Yogis downward dog. Canoeists canoe. Sailors sail. Kayakers kayak. Swimmers swim. Happy couples wed. Minds collaborate. Friends laugh and love. Good food feeds the soul. Community is fostered. Environment is nurtured. Active for life is celebrated. Serene views centre the self.

The new Ottawa River Centre (ORC) will be a catalyst for public amenities along the Ottawa River, ensuring life-long activity, health, well-being and social engagement.

From office and meeting space to open spaces for activity to event space for celebrations to dock access for water sports and more, the ORC is building a better city. With YOU in mind.

Watch a video simulation of what the Ottawa River Centre will look like on the ORC's YouTube channel.

 

ORC shirts available at the AGM

February 20, 2015

Yet another reason to come to the AGM on Tuesday February 24 - to buy an ORC T shirt - available for $20 at the AGM Rockcliffe Park Community Centre. 380 Springfield Road, Ottawa - Registration: 6:30 pm Meeting starts: 7:00 pm

ORC blue T shirt

 

Congratulations Victoria

February 3, 2015

Congratulations to the ORC's Victoria Ozimkowski on being selected the January DSA Peak RowOntario Athlete!

Find out more here

Keep up the hard work Victoria

 

ORC Members Recognized by RCA

February 3, 2015

RCA recently awarded ORC rower, Louise Munro, the Bobby Pearce Award (Junior Female Sculler of the Year). Bobby Pearce of the Leander Rowing Club won the Diamond sculls at the 2931 Henley Royal Regatta and Gold Medals at the 1928 and 1932 Olympic Games for his native country, Australia. He moved to Canada, turned professional and was never beaten as an amateur or professional champion.

Louise received the Bobby Pearce Award for accumulating the highest total of points from competing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, the 2014 RBC National Rowing Championships and the Rowing Canada Aviron Spring Trials.

ORC rowers, Cristy Nurse and Rosanne DeBoef were honoured as a member of the women’s eight that won silver at the 2014 World Rowing Championships.

ORC competitive men’s Lead Coach, Ed Fournier, was selected as runner-up for Coach of the Year. In 2014, Ed coached crews to wins at Canadian Henley Regatta and Canadian University Rowing Championships and he had one athlete win gold and silver for Canada at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships.

Congratulations to all on these latest achievements! Find out more here

 

Matthew Fournier Named 2014 Rower of the Year

February 3, 2015

The Ottawa Sports Awards were held recently where ORC rower, Matthew Fournier, was honoured as 2014 Rower of the Year. Matthew has had an outstanding season while rowing for Carleton University, the Ottawa Rowing Club and Canada’s national team. At Carleton, he was undefeated on the fall circuit, winning both Ontario and Canadian university races and earning OUA and CU male rower of the year honours. Racing in lightweight boats, Matthew also finished 3rd at the Head of the Charles regatta. With Team Canada, the ORC’s Athlete of the Year won gold and silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Championships.

ORC Coach, Kate Gorsline, was also nominated for Female Coach of the Year and shortlisted as one of the finalists. Kate didn’t take home the OSA for female coach of the year, but she still takes home the admiration, gratitude and recognition of the ORC as one of our most dedicated coaches!

 

ORC Ergatta Results

February 3, 2015

The ORC ergatta held on February 1 at the Ottawa Athletic Club resulted in the pain and anguish that comes with 2k racing on the erg, but also resulted in some personal bests. Congratulations to all those athletes that raced and thank you for supporting and participating in this club event!

Official results can be seen here.

It’s always safety first at the ORC and our winners took home a Fox40 Dual Function Light and Whistle so they are ready for on-water training!

A big shout out to Mr. Tang and Glenn Hay for all of their help and coordination prior to and at the event. THANK YOU so much for all your work and time! And thank you to the Ottawa Athletic Club for allowing us to host the event at our winter training location.

 

The ORC in Rowing Magazine

January 17, 2015

ORC member, Roberta Gal, is a talented photographer and the ORC is blessed to benefit from her stunning photography of ORC rowers, the Ottawa River and our historic boathouse. And thanks to Roberta the ORC is beautifully featured in the current issue of Rowing Magazine!

A very big congratulations to Roberta on the publication of two of her photos in the current issue of Rowing Magazine, rowing’s only magazine, delivering monthly in-depth features, news, tips and the best in rowing photography.

Here is one of those beautiful photos by Roberta.

ORB bioathouse at dusk

 

Ottawa Rowing Club named 2014 RowOntario Club of the Year!

December 3, 2014

There will be a new banner added to the ORC boathouse come spring! On November 29th, during the RowOntario annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, the ORC was named RowOntario Club of the Year acknowledging club innovation and success! This is a huge honour and is testament to the hard-working, talented, most wonderful rowing community here at the Ottawa Rowing Club. We congratulate and thank our many passionate volunteers, including coaches, parents, executive, officials, and all those who help make the ORC a wonderful place to be and the Club of the Year in Ontario. Cheers to the RowOntario Club of the Year!

 

An Evening of Celebration for the Ottawa Rowing Club

November 28, 2014


Over 170 ORC members and volunteers came together on November 22 for the ORC's annual year end banquet held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre. It was a terrific evening with a lot of laughs, smiles and cheer in celebration of another successful year at the Ottawa Rowing Club. The evening could not have been so much fun and so lovely without many helping hands.

Many thanks to Chris Waddell, ORC VP Administration and Lana Burpee, ORC President for their help with event planning and coordination and to Marika Kay and Lilianne Page, ORC senior women program athletes, who did a phenomenal job MC-ing the event and creating a lot of laughs and warm memories. Thank you to our award presenters including Paul Amesbury, Sophie Desaulniers, Jennifer Shortall, Lana Burpee, Marika Kay, Lilianne Page and Lindsay Wilson. Thank you to Matthew Fournier, ORC senior men’s athlete and Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and guest speaker for the evening. It was terrific to hear from Matthew about his journey to success at home and internationally. And thank you to Mr. Tang, junior women’s lead coach, for his year end slide show and video. Mr. Tang’s slide show and video is a banquet highlight every year and this year was no exception. The compilation of so much ORC footage in such a powerful way is no small task! To view the video go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Blp6XywlYHc&feature=youtu.be.

Finally thank you to all of those members who could attend the banquet this year. It was wonderful to see the ORC community come together for one last hurrah for 2014. Now we look to 2015 for another great year!

And most importantly, a very big congratulations to all of our award winners of the evening!

Service Award:Greg Brown
Coach of the Year: Ed Fournier and Kate Gorsline
Volunteer Appreciation: Donna Blois, Carrie Connell, Jennifer Rae Brown
Male Sweep Crew of the Year: Joseph Kunkel, Mac Bruce-Fuoco
Female Sweep Crew of the Year: Jenna Pelham, Lilianne Page, Anna Currie, Alanna Fogerty, Megan Haley, Dana Howell, Emmie Page, Alyssa Pastic, Jennifer Bowen
Male Sculler of the Year: Matthew Fournier
Female Sculler of the Year (and princess of the year award!): Louise Munro
Male Junior Crew of the Year: Alex Bernst, Jon Hamilton, Christopher Clarke, Graham Connell, Khahil Daibes
Female Junior Crew of the Year: Louise Munro, Milica Banic, Gillian Cross, Hayley Watt
Male Novice Rower of the Year: Aaron King
Female Novice Rower of the Year: Sahara Frojmovic
Coxie: Jennifer Bowen
Recreational Rower: Marc-Andre Dionne
Masters Crew of the Year: Marcella Tendilla, Amy Moen, Pamela Peacock, Caitlin Salter-Macdonald, Maureen McEvoy, Jennifer Shortall, Karin Germann, Alison Patrick, Jeremy Courtney
Sportsmanship Award: Gillian Cross

 

Safety at the club

September 16, 2014

A friendly reminder to all of our members to be extra cautious while on the docks and particularly when on the coach boat ramp. Given darkness and cool damp mornings, the docks and coach ramp can be become slippery so please take your time and take extra care when walking on these areas. Please also wear proper footwear when at the club - this means footwear with a tread that will give you some stability and traction (i.e running shoes). Another reminder that all athletes and coaches must wear personal lights in low light conditions. This is a must and there are no exceptions. Thank you for keeping yourself and your teammates and coaches safe this fall season.


 

 

 

 
 

2015 Program registration is now open

February 28, 2015

Rowers
Registration consists of two steps,

STEP ONE: registration in your program with Rowing Canada,

STEP TWO: registration with the Ottawa Rowing Club and fee payment at the Ronin registration site.

HAVE YOU COMPLETED BOTH STEPS? Then you are REGISTERED in your program

Junior athletes must be registered by a parent or guardian.

For more information about our programs Recreational, Adult Rowing League, Learn to Row, High School, Youth Summer Camp.

Credit card statements
While most credit card statements say "RONIN* Ottawa Rowing Club(Competitive Program)," some credit cards and banks cut ofa portion of the account information and registrants may only see(RONIN or PaybyRONIN).

Do you need help? Ronin help@roninregistration.com Or via phone at: 1-888-554-6665 From 8:00am to 5:00pm EST Monday through Friday For other issues contact registrar@ottawarowingclub.com

Coaches, Directors, Volunteers and Day Visitors
Coaches, directors, volunteers, and day visitors should register here.
If you are a coach, director or volunteer and don’t have an account on the Rowing Canada membership site, please create one.
The registrar registers coaches, directors, and volunteers with Rowing Canada.
Coaches please send an image of your boating license, police check letter and any coaching certificates you have to registrar@ottawarowingclub.com if you didn’t do it last year.

ORC in the Ottawa Citizen

September 24, 2014

Read about the ORC redevelopment plans in today's Ottawa Citizen.

2014 Year-end video

November 28, 2014

You can watch the 2014 ORC year-end video here on YouTube.

Thanks to Mr Tang who put it together

 

2015 Calendar

April 1 Spring Athlete Information Meeting, Glebe Collegiate Room 112
April 12 ORC club clean up 9:30 am
April 17-19 RCA Spring Development Trials West, Burnaby
April 18 ORC Ergatta - Coxswain training - ORC
April 18 Safety training members and coaches - 10 am ORC
April 19 Safety training members and coaches - 12 noon ORC
April 21 Safety training members and coaches - 6 pm ORC
April 23 Safety training members and coaches - 6 pm ORC
April 25 Docks in the water - 8 am - ORC
May 2-3 RCA Spring Development Trials East, London
May 23 ORC High School Regatta, ORC
May 30 National Capital High School Regatta ORC
June 6 Doors Open
June 5-7 CSSRAs, St. Catharines
June 13 ORC high school regatta
June 20 Athlete nutrition seminar ORC
June 24-26 US Elite Nationals, Princeton, NJ
July 1 Members Canada Day party - ORC
July 3-5 Independence Day Regatta, Philadelphia
July 10-28 Pan American Games, Toronto
July 12 RowOntario Masters Championships, Welland
July 25-26 RowOntario Championships, Welland
August 1 Royal Canadian Henley Garden Party, ORC
August 2-9 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catharines
August 15 Junior Development Athlete and Parent Information Meeting
August 15 End of Season Pig Roast, ORC
August 17-21 Junior Development Training Camp, ORC
August 22-31 Carleton U and UOttawa Training Camps, ORC
Sept 13 Head of Madawaska Burnstown
September 19 PD Ross, Ottawa
Sept 26-27 Head of the Rideau, Ottawa
October 3 Head of the Genesee, Rochester
October 3 Head of the Trent, Peterborough
October 9-11 National Rowing Championships, Welland
October 17 Brock Invite, St. Catharines
October 17-18 Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston
October 23 OUA Development Regatta, St. Catharines
October 24 OUA Championships, St. Catharines
October 24-25 Head of the Fish, Saratoga Springs NY
October 31-November 1 Canadian University Rowing Championships, Lochaber Antigonish, NS
November 1 Winter Training Begins
November 7 ORC Club Closure (Docks Out)
November 21 ORC Awards Banquet
February 24, 2016 ORC Annual General Meeting

Rowing Canada Privacy policy

Read the RCA privacy policy as it relates to data you provide to Rowing Clanada when you register.

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Tour our Boathouse

A table setting in the boathouse

See our Boathouse banquet facilities, our scenic Ottawa Rover location complete with grounds and gardens, a terrace landing on the banks of the river for wedding ceremonies, parking for 90 vehicles and photos from previous functions at the boathouse.

To find out more details about rental of the Boathouse, including facility availability, pricing and how to reserve your special event, please email specialevents@ottawarowingclub.com

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Rowing for the summer - 2015

January 4, 2015

If you love rowing and want to share your experience with family or friends then let people know about ORCs instructional programs. Programs are available for beginners and experienced rowers see below. The best way to promote ORCs programs is through word of mouth. Please pass on your passion!

Adult Rowing League

The Adult Rowing League (ARL) takes place on weekday evenings in June (practices) and July (race nights!).

Upon registering to practice on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights, you are assigned to a crew, a boat and a coach. Practices are held weekly during the month of June (Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays at 18:00h).

In July, all crews meet on Thursday evenings (18:00h) for races - some 200 rowers! Races are 800m in length, running in front of the boathouse from Parliament Hill to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. An announcer calls the races, the BBQ is on and the bar is open. Race nights are all about fun!

Participants must be 18 years or older. No previous rowing experience required.

For further information contact: arl@ottawarowingclub.com

Learn to Row

You don't need any previous experience to take the ORC's learn-to-row course. It starts with learning safety on the water, details about your boat and oars and instruction on technique on our rowing machines in the club house and dockside rowing simulator. You are on the water in your second class in an eight, learning how to balance a boat and then how to move it through the water as a crew.

For further information contact: arl@ottawarowingclub.com

Discover rowing summer camps

Youth, age 12-17, learn to row or improve existing skills in a fun and safe environment on the Ottawa River! Weeklong sessions run through the summer starting Monday, June 24th. Campers row, learn water safety, boat rigging and maintenance and participate in other fun outdoor activities.

Contact us to learn more:
613.241.1120 after April 15

 

Frequently asked questions about rowing

March 1, 2014

Q: What is the difference between rowing and paddling?
A: Rowing is an Olympic water sport. Paddling includes canoe, kayak and dragon boating.  The rower is seated backwards in the boat with oars propelling the boat in the opposite direction of the rower. The rowing stroke is a function of the legs and the arms with the seats in the boats mobile to move with the rowers’ stroke – it is a full body workout!  Rowing can be done as an individual, or part of a boat crew. Calm, flat water is ideal for rowing.

Q: How old do I need to be to start?
A: 12 years old, depending on physical strength and maturity.

Q: Am I too old to start rowing?
A: Rowing is a sport for all ages and levels, so it is never to late to learn to row!

Q: What level of swimming should I have?
A: Being comfortable treading water as well as swimming in deep water without support from a life vest is ideal for rowing and other water sports. Non-swimmers can wear a personal (pouch styled) floatation device.

Q: What is the Coxswain?
A: Usually a smaller rower who sits at the stern of the boat, facing the bow. The coxswain (or coxie) coordinates the rhythm and power of the rowers and steers the boat.

Q: How do I get to the Ottawa Rowing Club?
A: The ORC is located at 10 Lady Grey Dr. Ottawa, ON. The boathouse is located on the Ottawa River, off Sussex Drive opposite the Saudi Embassy, just eats of downtown Ottawa. Program activities take place in the second, larger boathouse.
Limited parking is available on site for members and program participants. OC transpo bus route #9 stops a few minutes walk to the club and bike racks are on site.

Q: What should I wear/bring?
A: Snug fitting clothing, socks and running shoes, hat, sunglasses, water bottle in an old sock, lock.           

Q: What amenities are available onsite?
A: Free wireless Internet access, vending machines, refrigerator, microwave, personal day-use lockers, showers change rooms, strength training equipment and rowing machines.

Q: How long is the rowing season?
A: The season is weather dependent. Water safety is top priority, when water levels and temperatures are safe, the boats can be in the water. The season usually starts at the beginning of April and runs until early November.

Q: I am a rower visiting from out of town; can I row with your club?
A: Yes! We have guest memberships available. You must be registered with another club in order to row as an ORC guest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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