Welcome to ONEC Rowing

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

ONEC offers a wide range of sculling programs. Sculling is rowing with two oars. It is a symmetrical, low impact, all body fitness activity that has been enjoyed in Canada since the late 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. A number of group rowers and tour leaders are bilingual and are always ready to communicate in French or English.

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. Participate in our group rows, clinics, tours, marathons, erg challenge and pub nights. ONEC’s online boat reservation system also gives members the freedom to scull when it suits their schedule.

Pathway to Sculling

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

For prospective new members, we offer two-step instruction: ‘Novice Learn-to-Scull’ and ‘Step 2 Learn-to-Scull’ courses.


Beginners start with Novice Learn-to-Scull (LTS) and then move to Step 2 LTS courses. These are three-week to four programs that include a sculling competency and safety assessment at the end. Register here.

Rowers with some sculling experience:

Rowers with some sculling experience or who haven’t sculled for some years must take the Step 2 Learn-to-Scull course. This includes a sculling safety competency assessment at the end. Register here to obtain the Learn-to-Scull form.

New members with extensive sculling experience:

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

Returning members:

Returning members register online here, or click here for the paper membership form.

Own your own shell?

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

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.
  • Join other ONEC members for Pub Nights every Tuesday and Thursday at sunset!
  • Invitations to all-club events.
  • Registration in Rowing Canada Aviron, Row Ontario 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.
  • Access to experienced sculling coaches with a range of coaching styles.

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.

Safety First

ONEC is committed to providing a safe rowing experience and strongly encourages all members to review the sections under Rowing Rules and Policies / Safety tab.

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!