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.

A: 12 years old, depending on physical strength and maturity.

A: Rowing is a sport for all ages and levels, so it is never to late to learn to row!

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.

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.

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 east of downtown Ottawa. Program activities take place in the second, larger boathouse.

A: Snug fitting clothing, socks and running shoes, hat, sunglasses, water bottle in an old sock, lock.

A: Parking, free wireless internet access, refrigerator, microwave, personal day-use lockers (rowers must bring their own locks!), showers, change rooms, strength training equipment and rowing machines.

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.

A: Yes! We have guest memberships available. You must be registered with another club in order to row as an ORC guest.