March 22nd, 2023

Ottawa Rowing Club

Club Reopening Saturday April 1st!

Winter Training Resuming

We are excited to announce that the Club is reopening on April 1st! Those with a Winter Training Membership or 2023 Season Membership will be able to return to the Gym for Winter Training, even if you had your membership refunded. The on-water start date is to be confirmed after the Club opening. 

Pre-Season Jr. and Sr. Competitive Meeting: April 5th 2023

The Pre-Season meeting for Junior and Senior Competitive rowers, coaches, and parents is taking place Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00pm at the Boathouse. Be sure to attend for all the necessary info before the season begins!

The Pre-Season meeting is also where the next Athlete Representative will be voted for. Keep reading for more info.

Club Spring Clean Up & Opening Work Day

The rowing season is upon us! The Docks will be installed on April 15th in preparation for the Club opening on April 16th for on-water training!

The Boathouse will be opening for the Spring Season on April 16th for those with a 2023 ORC program Registration, and RCA Membership, so don't forget to register!

Registration for 2023 Seasons are open!

Registration is open for Spring and Summer seasons in 2023! Click the button below to choose the program that works best for you and register! Stay tuned on our social media and website for more details to come. In the meantime, check out some of our programs below!

Adult Rowing League

Are you a new rower looking to increase your skills? Adult Rowing League is a great way to practice alongside like-minded people! Teams meet weekly for on-water and on-land training in preparation for the final race weeks.  For more info, click here.

Discover Rowing Day Camp

Is your child looking to start rowing? Discover Rowing Day Camp is the perfect place to learn the basics of rowing in addition to fun indoor and outdoor activities. For more info, click here.

Adult Learn to Row

Never rowed before? Learn the basics of rowing with a class of approximately 10 people in Adult Learn to Row. Learn parts of the stroke, parts of the boat, as well as water safety. Lessons take place on rowing machines, and on water. For more info, click here.

Competitive Programs

Want to compete against other Clubs in various regattas? For the experienced rower, our competitive programs are the perfect fit for you if you're looking at a more serious hobby! Click our website to learn more about competitive programs.

Club Rowing

Get your workout in or hone your skills with the ORC Community! Perfect for those with prior rowing experience. Click here for more info.

Register for Spring & Summer Rowing Seasons!

Job & Volunteer Opportunities at the ORC

With the upcoming rowing season just on the horizon, the Ottawa Rowing Club is looking to expand its team of volunteers, in addition to paid opportunities.

Summer Jobs

The ORC is hiring for a variety of summer jobs, from Facility Attendants to Camp instructors and coaches. If you are looking for a job over the summer, love rowing, and meeting new people, these opportunities are for you! Click the button below to learn more.

*These jobs are contingent on Canada Summer Jobs funding.

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Lead Fundraiser

We are seeking a person to proactively engage with everyday people, tell them about important issues facing the ORC and inspire them to become financial supporters. The Lead Fundraiser will also be responsible for coordinating Grant applications and will be held as a Director at Large on the ORC Board of Directors. This is a volunteer, and Board position.

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ORC Assistant Coach

The ORC provides coaching to rowers in competitive or recreational programs, as  well as introductions to the sport through Learn-to-Row, summer camps, Everybody Rows Ottawa, and the Adult Rowing League. Local high schools and universities  train and race out of the ORC.  

The Assistant Coach will work alongside our team of dedicated volunteer coaches. In this role you will help realise our mission to bring a diverse offering of rowing programming to different stakeholders in the community. Working under the leadership of the head coach you will help to support ORC strategic objectives and make the ORC a powerhouse in Canadian rowing. For more info, click the button below.

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Athlete Representative

With our current Athlete Representative, Meghan Jolley's term ending soon, we are looking for a new candidate to fill the role. The Athlete Representative is the voice for all athletes at the ORC, and ensure that the needs and perspectives of athletes are heard, and voiced. The Athlete Representative interacts with all programs across the Ottawa Rowing Club and promotes a safe and fun environment by providing athletes with appropriate resources for various issues and questions.

The athlete representative is chosen by the athletes at the Pre Season Meeting, taking place Wednesday April 5th at the Boathouse at 7:00pm.

Big thanks to Meghan for her great work at the Club as Athlete Representative!

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Volunteer Sign ups

The ORC is looking for a number of volunteers to assist with the upcoming season, including Coaches, Coach Boat Drivers, Event Coordinators, Maintenance people, and more! If you would like to lend a hand at the club, click the button below.

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Sign Up Now for RCA Coach Weekend #1

For those interested in camp or coaching positions at the ORC, you must successfully complete the the Learn to Row or RCA Weekend #1 Coaching Certification session in May. Once again, this is mandatory for Camp and Coaching Positions at the ORC.

For more info and to register, click the button below.

Register for Coaching Certification

Head of the Rideau Committee

Come and be part of the 2023 Head of the Rideau Organizing Committee. Although the season hasn't started, the organization of the Head of the Rideau can start now so that we can ensure this year's Head of the Rideau is a success. The more hands helping, makes less work for all those involved. A lot of the structure is already set in place. If you are interested or want more information, please email Kim at  

Coach, and Assistant Coaches Wanted at the ORC!

Junior Men's Coach Wanted!

With the departure of coach John Watkins, the Junior Men’s program will be looking for a new fearless leader over the winter and as they approach the spring 2023 season.

Master’s Assistant Coaches Wanted! 

With the departure of coach Krisandra Ivings and the growth in the Master’s program, they will be looking for extra support as they approach the spring 2023 season. Many positions are available, and possibility for mentorship is available for newer coaches. Practices are in the evenings and the position can be part-time.

If you might be interested in helping out with the Junior or Master's Programs, or know of someone who might be interested, please contact Head Coach Zak at

First Aid Training for 2023

The ORC is hosting first aid training! The course will provide the CPR-C / AED certification with a cold water focus. Those who volunteer as a coach at the ORC will be reimbursed. Details on registration and dates to be confirmed soon.

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