Rowing & Paddling Day Camp

Beginner and Intermediate, Kids aged 11 to 17

This summer get your child out on the water at an Ottawa New Edinburgh (ONEC) Rowing and Paddling Summer Day Camps! He or she will have fun learning a new sport (or improve on the skills learned last year), discover the amazing Ottawa River, and make new friends! Day campers are taught by trained coaches. Both programs provide achievement certificates.

New this year! Learn how to paddle a brigade canoe! Brigade canoes are similar to the large voyageur canoes which opened up the Canadian waterways. Brigade canoeing and quad sculling build teamwork.

For rowing and paddling, ONEC generally accept a maximum of 14 campers at a time, so reserve your child’s spot now! See the Registration link at the bottom of the page.

ONEC day camps are offered from July to August. Register your child for a full week, a week of half days, or two full weeks or more.

Morning rowing programs

Rowing Adventures

  • Day camp ages: 11 to 17.
  • Description:
    • Participants learn sculling is rowing with two oars. Scullers move quickly on the water. This is a symmetrical fitness sport which can be practised for life.
    • Learn to scull (LTS) teaches basic skills of stroke technique, boat handling, water safety, and balance. LTS uses Row Canada’s Journey 1 and Journey 2 (supplemented by the new Row Ontario ROAD program). Journey 1 takes about two weeks in the mornings, while Journey 2 normally takes an additional two weeks of mornings.
    • You are taught in small boats as recommended by Rowing Canada Aviron.
    • The week will end with a Friday fun excursion, e.g. Rideau Falls or Kettle Island, in a coxed quad, weather permitting.
  • Participants who achieve all the skills will receive certificates at the end of day camps.

Afternoon paddling program

Paddling Adventures

  • Day camp ages: 11 to 17.
  • Description:
    • Participants have fun on a variety of watercrafts, including brigade canoes and Stand-up Paddleboards (SUPs). Campers improve their balance and coordination while perfecting the strokes. In brigade (voyageur) canoes, day campers learn teamwork and refine their strokes, either with oars or paddles.
    • Our coaching is based on the ‘Introduction to Big Canoe’ and ‘Introduction to Paddleboards’ curriculums of Paddle Canada.
    • On Fridays participants engage in a fun adventure excursion in a big canoe, weather permitting.
  • Participants who achieve all the skills will receive certificates at the end of day camps.