Frequently Asked Questions

ONEC MEMBERSHIP

  1. Which sports are offered at the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club?

We offer tennis, rowing and sailing memberships as well as a social membership which allows you to take advantage of our beautiful facilities without participating in sports.

  1. How do I become a member?

Register online at http://www.onec.ca/since1883/membership/membership-registration/, or call 613.746.8540 to register by phone. You can also register in person at the tennis pavilion once the facilities are open in May. If you are joining as a novice sailor or rower, you will be required to take a learn-to-sail or learn-to-scull course before you are permitted to use club equipment.

  1. How long is the season?

The club is generally open from the first weekend in May until the last weekend of October. However, this is weather-dependant and the actual season may vary slightly from year to year. Office hours may be reduced in May and October.

  1. Do you rent out your facilities for weddings and other events?

We are currently renovating the boathouse to allow us to rent it out for weddings and events. We do not have a definite completion date. Please contact us at info@onec.ca for updates.

  1. Where do I find membership prices?

On the homepage of our website www.onec.ca, click on the “forms” tab to find the current membership forms which shows all prices.

  1. How can I pay for membership?

Pay by credit card or cheque when registering online or by phone. Once the facilities are open in May, you can register and pay by cash, debit, credit card or cheque in person at the tennis pavilion (we recommend that you phone ahead in May-June and September-October).

  1. Where are you located?

The Boathouse is located at 501501 Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, the tennis courts are across the road at 504501 Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway at Tennis Cr., approximately 2km east of the Rideau Hall traffic circle, between Acacia Ave. and Hillsdale.

  1. Do you have to be a member to use the facilities?

You may try out the facilities as a guest of a member for a maximum of three times before you become a member. Please see the individual sport for further guidelines.

Tennis and rowing lessons are available for purchase to non-members.

  1. How do I get more involved in the club?

ONEC is mostly volunteer-run. There are many opportunities to get involved from coaching, work parties, dock building, boat repair to committee work and the Board of Directors. Talk to any of the Board members or active volunteers to find out more.

  1. Do you have programs for kids?

We offer camps for kids – tennis, sailing and rowing. Please see the Camp section for more details.

Children may also become members with their parents, as part of a family membership. Please see the individual sport for restrictions.

TENNIS

  1. What kind of facilities do you have?

We have 7 red clay courts and 4 hard courts. Courts can be reserved up to a day in advance. There is a clubhouse with canteen, bar and shower facilities. There are no winter facilities.

  1. Do I have to be a member to use the facilities?

You may try out the facilities as a guest of a member for a maximum of three times before you become a member. Guests must be accompanied by a current adult member and follow club rules.

Tennis lessons are available to non-members.

  1. What programs do you offer?

There are Round-Robins on Friday nights, Tuesday and Thursday mornings; a Senior Men’s league on Monday mornings, as well as various tournaments throughout the season.

  1. Do you offer lessons?

Yes. ONEC offers professional tennis services to members and non-members alike who are interested in taking their game to the next level, or just in need of some help to iron out certain trouble-spots in their game. There are also regular drop-in drill sessions.

SAILING

  1. What kind of equipment do you have?

ONEC has Pico dinghies, FEVAs, Vibe, Lasers and CL16s. There is no extra charge to members for using the club boats.

  1. I would like to learn to sail. Do you offer courses?

Yes, for members only. New inexperienced members will need to take a learn-to-sail course in a formal training program in May and June. You will be contacted by the Training Coordinator to arrange lesson times once you have joined as a sailing member. Courses are usually run three evenings per week (choose one) and Saturday mornings. As much as possible we try to have one trainer and one student per boat. There is also the opportunity to take part in Sunday afternoon racing as a crew member which provides another learning opportunity. If there is enough interest, the training program will continue in July (one night per week and Saturday mornings.)

  1. Do I have to be a member to use the facilities?

You may try out the facilities as a guest of a member for a maximum of three times before you become a member. Guests must be accompanied by a current adult member and follow club rules.

  1. Do you rent out sailboats?

No, we do not; they are for members’ use only. For sailboat rentals, try the ÉVO at the Aylmer Marina.

  1. Are there any other requirements?

We do encourage members to volunteer with launching in the spring, one or two work parties during the summer and closing down in the fall. It a great way to get to know the other members, be more involved with the club and learn some basics on boat repair and dock maintenance. You should also try to get a Personal Craft Operators card as we do run power boats for rescue and racing committee.

ROWING

  1. What kind of equipment do you have?

ONEC has mostly recreational sculling shells – singles, doubles and quads, there are some racing singles and doubles. We do not have any sweep boats.

  1. I would like to learn to row. Do you offer courses? Do I have to be a member?

We do offer a Learn to Scull course, including an orientation session. You can take the course and then decide whether to join, or join as a member right away and get a discount on the price of the course. You will need to fill out a Learn to Scull form and choose your course dates.

  1. I already know how to row. Do I have to take the Learn to Scull course?

No, you do not. You will be required to take the Orientation Session and arrange a private session with an ONEC coach to prove your sculling abilities are sufficient to ensure your safety on the water.

  1. I have my own rowing shell. Can I store it at the club?

Rackage is available in the boathouse for members who own their own shells. Space is limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should check with the Rackage Co-ordinator to ensure that there is room for your boat. Winter storage in the boathouse is included in the rackage fee.

  1. Do I have to be a member to use the facilities?

You may try out the facilities as a guest of a member for a maximum of three times before you become a member. Guests must be accompanied by a current adult member. In order to be a rowing guest, you must be an insured member at another RCA or FISA rowing club and sign a waiver. Inexperienced rowers may only use club equipment as part of a lesson with an ONEC rowing coach.

  1. What is the minimum age for rowers?

Rowers must be 11 years old and able to swim. Any rower under 18 must be accompanied by an experienced adult rowing member or a coach.

  1. What types of rowing programs do you offer?

There is a learn-to-scull course, Step 2 and various other coaching workshops (depending on coach availability). Tours and group rows are also offered. Please see the rowing calendar for details.

  1. Do you rent out rowing shells?

No, we do not; they are for members’ use only.

SOCIAL

  1. What is included in a social membership?

A social membership is for people who wish to be club members without participating in any of the sports. Social members have access to the boathouse and tennis clubhouse as well as the year-end banquet and any other organized social events. They do not have access to the sports equipment other than for coxing a rowing shell or crewing a sailboat if no members are available.

CAMPS

  1. What types of camps do you offer?

We offer tennis, sailing and rowing camps. There is a choice of full or half day camps, with full-day camp in one sport or a combination of two sports. Rowing camp is offered in the mornings and we cave a mixed rowing/stand-up-paddle-board camp in the afternoon.

  1. Are there age limits for camp?

Yes. They vary according to the sport:

  • Tennis 7 to 16,
  • Sailing 9-16
  • Rowing 11-17

Sailing and rowing camp participants must be able to swim. Please see the camp registration form for details.

  1. How long does it take to complete the various sailing levels?

Each individual learns at a different rate so these are recommendations only.

  • CANSail 1 Certification: 1-2 weeks
  • CANSail 2 Certification: 2 weeks
  • CANSail 3 Certification: 4 weeks
  • CANSail 4 Certifications: 4 weeks
  1. What do campers do in case of bad weather?

If it is raining (or too windy for rowing or sailing), the campers will have other activities in the Boathouse.

In case of a light rain (or the courts are still wet after a rain), there is a field nearby where the instructors organize other outdoor activities for tennis campers. Sailors and rowers can continue to row and sail in light rain.

  1. What are the camp hours?

Drop-off is between 8:30 and 9, lunch from 12 to 1pm, pick-up between 4 and 4:30pm. Lunch is provided on Fridays only.

  1. How do I sign up my children for camp?

Register online at http://www.onec.ca/since1883/day-camps/register-for-day-camp/, or call 613.746.8540 to register by phone. You can also register in person at the tennis pavilion once the facilities are open in May.