Welcome to ONEC Rowing

Located just minutes from downtown Ottawa, ONEC Rowing operates out of the renowned heritage boathouse located at 501 Sir George Étienne Parkway on the east bank of the Ottawa River.

From a technical standpoint, ONEC offers a wide range of sculling programs. Sculling is rowing with two arms and two blades. It is a symmetrical, low impact, all body fitness activity that has been enjoyed in Canada since the mid-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.

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. ONEC’s online boat reservation system also gives members the freedom to scull when it suits their schedule.

Own your own shell?

For a fee, rackage is provided for ONEC members who own shells (on a space available basis).

Pathway to Sculling

Getting Started

If you’ve never sculled but would like to see if it’s a sport you’d enjoy, join us at the ONEC Boathouse for a firsthand experience on:

  • June 2: Try It Day – organized by Get Out on the Water, this is a fun free event offered at ONEC providing those interested with a chance to give rowing a try! To participate, register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2018-get-out-on-the-water-ottawa-tickets-31397809694 as soon as possible! Space is limited!
  • June 2 – 3: Doors Open Ottawa (10 am to 4 pm) – join us at ONEC’s beautiful boathouse, learn more about the club and it’s rich history, and meet club members who will be on hand to answer questions.

Enroll Your Child in an ONEC Summer Day Camp

Get your child into sculling and brigade canoeing early! ONEC Summer Day Camps provide the perfect opportunity to Learn-to-Scull in full or half-day programs starting at age nine. Click here for information and registration.

Learn-to-Scull Courses and/or Getting Back on the Water

If you’ve never sculled before, there is a two-step instruction course to complete.


Beginners must take Learn-to-Scull Step 1 and 2 courses. These are three-week programs that include a sculling competency and safety assessment at the end. Register here

Novice scullers with some sculling experience:

Novice scullers with some sculling experience, or who haven’t sculled for some years, must take the Learn-to-Scull Step 2 course. This includes a sculling safety competency assessment at the end. Register here to obtain the Learn-to-Scull form.
Note: those with sweeping experience only must take Learn-to-Scull Step 1 & 2.

New members with extensive sculling experience:

New members are required to take a sculling safety competency assessment as part of an Orientation/Assessment course. For online registration click here, or here for the paper Orientation and Safety Assessment Form.

Returning members:

Returning members register online here, or click here for the paper membership form. Participate in our group rows, clinics, tours, marathons, erg challenge and pub nights.

Touring and Endurance Events

ONEC offers a full calendar of group rows and touring activities throughout the season, of which the highlight is the Canadian Sculling Marathon in late-August. This is an annual distance event when ONEC members are joined by rowers and rowing clubs from across Ontario, and even overseas. For more information, click here.

Membership Benefits

Returning ONEC Rowing members and those who have received a successful assessment of their sculling and safety competency receive the following benefits:

  • The use of the online reservations system that allows members to reserve recreational boats (singles, doubles, quads and/or performance racing singles) at any time they wish within designated daylight hours.
  • Note: the use of performance shells must be preapproved by a rowing coach.
  • Access to the upper deck of the ONEC’s historic boathouse that offers one of the finest views of the Ottawa River in the city. Join other ONEC members for Pub Nights every Tuesday and Thursday at sunset!
  • Invitations to all-club events.
  • Registration in Rowing Canada Aviron, RowOntario and the Ontario Adventure Rowing Association.
  • An invitation to ONEC’s sculling Meetup site – a quick and easy social networking platform used to announce the tours and group rows.
  • Access to the Rowing Calendar that gives information on events and tours planned throughout the season.

Education and Safety

ONEC puts a strong emphasis on education and safety and offers free or nominal cost sculling clinics and workshops for all skill levels.

Rules of the River for Scullers

There are many scullers and rowers on the water. To avoid a collision, it’s essential that you follow the official sculling traffic routes.


At the beginning of the season, ONEC offers a Rowfit program to prepare scullers to get back on the water. Health and fitness benefits for both recreational sculling and distance/endurance events, including tours, headraces and marathons are also emphasized.

Your Help is Needed!!

ONEC is a volunteer-driven club with a Rowing Director on its Board. The Rowing Consultative Committee organizes the programming and equipment and is also designed to encourage members’ involvement in all aspects of ONEC’s operations, including recreational touring, regattas, safety, membership and equipment. We also have Touring, Safety, Rackage and Distance Sub-Committees, and a Meetup site for scheduling events. Let us know how you can help!