Connect with the Capital's vibrant waterway and watersports community.
Small personal class sizes or one-on-one rowing instruction for all learning styles.
Located just minutes from downtown Ottawa, ONEC Rowing runs out of the renowned heritage boathouse located on the south bank of the
ONEC offers a wide range of sculling programs. Sculling is rowing with two oars. It is a symmetrical, low impact, all body fitness activity that has been enjoyed in Canada since the late 19th century.
Members of all skill levels are welcome – whether they’re recreational or competitive. Boats are club-owned and can accommodate all skill levels from beginners to expert. A number of group rowers and tour leaders are bilingual and are always ready to communicate in French or English.
Once you’ve become a member, you’ll hone your skills under the watchful eye of experienced instructors, discover the beautiful Ottawa and Gatineau Rivers (as well as the rivers and lakes beyond), and make new friends. Participate in our group rows, clinics, tours, marathons, erg challenge and pub nights. ONEC’s online boat reservation system also gives members the freedom to scull when it suits their schedule.
ONEC learn to ROW classes
Have you always wanted to learn the sport of rowing? Start with our Step One: Intro to Rowing class taught by Row Ontario Certified Coaches. Are you a seasoned sculler looking to refine your skills? We have a club Rowing Pro - now offering private or small group lessons.
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Introduction to Rowing
New to rowing? Start here. The basics of rowing will be explored with a focus on safety. At the end of these lessons you’ll be well acquainted with the sport of rowing.
You’ve completed Step I. Now you’re ready to develop your skills further. At the end of these lessons you’ll be able to safely explore the Ottawa river in one of our stable water rowing shells.
Learn to Train
Small group classes of 2-4 people. In Step III you’ll continue to develop your rowing skills, and acquire the confidence to take off full-speed along the Ottawa river in a racing shell.
In addition to our regular classes, we also offer one-on-one learning for all fitness levels. New to rowing & would like the full attention from one of our certified coaches? Start here!
Norma represents those people who picked up rowing in mid-life. She brings her physiotherapy background as a basis through which to understand rowing, both on and off the water. She has completed her Level I, Level II and LTR Rowing Coaching Certification and has used this coaching training to develop the Step-2 Program to assist new rowers to make the transition from Learn to Scull programs to more advanced levels. Norma is our Head Coach.
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Our Coaches are always ready to help you learn the skills of rowing at your own pace.
John joined the rowing club at his high school in England at age 14 and got hooked – and still is. In 1978 he committed himself to try for the UK Olympic rowing squad, and racing in Europe in the summer of ’78 was the highlight of his rowing career. The coaching he received during this period has stuck with him and is the basis of the technical style he uses today. John was head coach of Ottawa Rowing Club in the early ’80s, taking a men’s lightweight doubles crew to Europe in 1986.
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Louise has been rowing with ONEC for a few years now. While she may be new to rowing she is very comfortable on the water and has been a competitive paddler for over 30 years.
For twenty-five years Louise has been coaching a variety of sports including volleyball to young adults. After her first few years at ONEC she felt ready to bring her significant coaching experience to the sport of rowing.
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For all the changes that happen around us in life there are some constants and one of those is the way to move a rowing boat across the water in an enjoyable and efficient manner. Over the centuries changes in blade and boat design have altered some aspects of technique but it is still refined down to three elements; blade entry to the water, blade exit from the water and movement of the body in between strokes. I have been so lucky in my life to have worked with amazing coaches and rowers who have taught me how to understand these elements. I will do my best to pass on this knowledge to you in a way that will allow you to discover the joy of stroke making for yourself.
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"I love the freedom to book a boat when it suits my schedule"
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