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Practices Start May 2nd, 2018

posted May 4, 2018, 9:18 AM by Scott Seaby

Just a quick note to let everyone that practices have started.


Extra boats available Wednesday and Thursday

posted May 30, 2017, 4:41 AM by Rideau Dragon

Hello Teams. Happy to report that all practices have started. Thanks to all the teams for your patience. Festival boats are arriving a couple days early so we have lots of availability Wednesday and Thursday this week if you want to book make-up sessions. You can message me at dragon@rideaucanoeclub.ca

Practices start Saturday May 27th (no practices May 26th)

posted May 26, 2017, 10:11 AM by Rideau Dragon

The good news is the water does appear to be rising and I expect that the water levels should be high enough to start practices on Saturday morning. The bad news is that I'm not sure if the water will be high enough to run Friday evening practices. As a precaution we are cancelling all Friday evening practices. Sorry for the late notice but we are doing our best to try to get on the water as early possible. Please convey this to your team. We expect all scheduled practices on Saturday May 27th and moving forward to be ON. Again, thank you for your ongoing support and patience.


Practices tentatively scheduled to start Friday May 26th (evening)

posted May 25, 2017, 10:44 AM by Rideau Dragon

Our latest communication from Parks can be found below. I've noted what is important in red

"We will be delaying the opening of the lockstations in the Northern half of the Rideau by another week. Official information bulletins to follow. 

That said, we are putting in logs at Hogs Back today. You can expect Mooney's Bay to be filled by tomorrow (Friday May 26th). The only issue you might encounter is flows. 

Once that reach is up, ‎Hogs Back to Hartwells will follow and should be navigable by Saturday."

Based on this information we are hopeful that practices will be a go for Friday night but we will only be able to confirm this around 2pm tomorrow (Friday May 26th). If that doesn't provide enough notice to your paddlers you can cancel those practices now. We are sorry we can't provide more notice but we are dependent on Parks Canada in this instance. Thanks for your ongoing patience.

RCC Staff

All practices cancelled until May 25th (inclusive)

posted May 18, 2017, 11:28 AM by Rideau Dragon

Unfortunately, we have been informed by Parks Canada that water levels will not be raised to normal levels until May 26th. We are aiming to try and get the boats in for practices taking place on the evening of the 26th and will provide updates as that date approaches.

If circumstances change we will contact captains immediately. Make-up practices may be booked for any cancelled sessions and we will be opening lots more times for weekend sessions. We want to get on the water as much as you do! Below I've attached the official communication from Parks Canada for those interested. Thank you so much for your ongoing patience and understanding.

All practices cancelled until May 19th (inclusive)

posted May 11, 2017, 11:31 AM by Rideau Dragon

Unfortunately, we have been informed by Parks Canada that water levels will not be raised to normal levels until May 19th. The water current is quite strong and there are several rapids. Water levels continue to be low while Parks tries to handle the flooding situation further downriver.

We're very sad to report that all practices until May 19th (inclusive) are cancelled. If circumstances change we will contact captains immediately. Make-up practices may be booked for any cancelled sessions and we are looking at options to get more time slots for practices available. We want to get on the water as much as you do! Below is an excerpt from a communication sent to us by Parks Canada. We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. Again, our thoughts go out to those families affected by the flooding.

"Water levels and flows continue to be well above normal, especially on the Big Rideau and other reservoir lakes which feed the northern section of the Rideau Canal. We won’t be in a position to put any logs back in at Hogs Back until we see a sustained decline in levels and flows. Forecasts are calling for more rain on the weekend and Hogs Back is the last dam that we will seal up for the season due to its position at the end of the system.

At this point, we are working towards restoring all reaches to navigation levels by May 19th. I’d recommend making alternate plans for your operations until that time. If for some reason that date gets pushed back, I will advise you immediately."

All dragon boat sessions CANCELLED this week-end

posted May 5, 2017, 6:45 AM by Rideau Dragon   [ updated May 5, 2017, 6:45 AM ]

Unfortunately all practices have been cancelled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (including Learn to Dragon Boat Program) [MAY 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2017]. As of this morning the water levels are still extremely low and the boats cannot be put in the water. Again we are very sorry about this but it is something that is out of our control. It seems that the large amount of rain is contributing to this ongoing issue. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

RCC DB News Bulletin 1 - April 24th, 2017

posted Apr 24, 2017, 6:12 AM by Rideau Dragon   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 7:27 AM ]

RCC DB News Bulletin 1 - April 24th, 2017

We hope that everyone is as excited as we are for the new season. Our coaches are eager to get out on the water with your teams! This is our first newsletter for the season and I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few important things for the upcoming season. Please take the time to read this over and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Start Date (IMPORTANT): The planned start date for practices is Monday May 1st however this is contingent on water levels. We will provide an update on the season start date this coming Friday (April 28th). We will also post the start date on the website.

Practice Times:

Practice times for this season have been adjusted this year to help reduce traffic at the docks and on the site in general. Practice length is 55-60 minutes and they are the following:

  • 6:00am - 7:00am

  • 7:00am - 8:00am

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm

  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm (new time slot)

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm* (read notes in red below)

  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm (new time slot)

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm* (read notes in red below)

  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm (new timeslot)

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm* (read notes in red below)

* Special Note: Given the early sunset during the first few weeks of the season we will be modifying the 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm sessions. These sessions will be running at 5:50pm, 6:50pm, and 7:50pm until the May long week-end. Practices will resume their normal times on the Monday May 22nd, 2017. Your on-line schedules reflect this change.

Team Practices: If you are interested in viewing your practice times without having to login to the team portal you may do so at the link below. Teams are listed in alphabetical order and you can type in the filter and select your team for faster access. This link is also mobile friendly for easy access from your phone. If you notice something incorrect please contact me immediately.

Practices by Team

Team Portal: Each year we try to add more and more features to the team portal. New this year you are now able to cancel/delete practices which are more than 7 days in advance. Should you want to cancel/delete a practice taking place within less than 7 days you must contact us at dragon@rideaucanoeclub.ca. We now also have the ability for teams to review which coaches are available for their sessions specifically and select their coach. Fee statements are also available from the portal. We encourage teams to use the portal to review schedules, coach assignments, and payment information. We will continue to add more features to provide a better experience for team captains. If you do not have your password for the system please email us and we will be happy to provide it. The team portal can be accessed at the following link: http://dragonboat.rideaucanoeclub.ca

Waivers: If you are practising after June 25th OR if you are not a participant of the Tim Hortons Ottawa dragon boat festival you must fill out a waiver specific to the RCC. This is NOT the same waiver as the one that your team members fill out for the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. I have included a link to the waiver below. Please note that 3 signatures can be on each waiver. Waivers can be dropped off at the club before your practice. There is an office on the main floor. We have a staff member in the office weekdays between 9am and 5pm. If the staff member is not there please place the waivers under the door or give them to your coach.


RCC Festival: We are excited to report that we will be having our 10th annual RCC Dragonboat Festival Saturday August 26th, 2017. If you are looking to do a race after the Ottawa Festival in June please consider joining us for what will be another fantastic event with lots of racing.  Information about the festival can be found at:


For less than $30* per person you will have 4 guaranteed races as well as 1 FREE practice (payment must be received before July 1st to qualify for free practice)!

*based on 25 paddlers

Payments: If you have not already done so please ensure that payment is received for your sessions 1 week prior to your first practice. If you are training throughout the Summer you are permitted to pay in instalments. Cheques should be made out to Rideau Canoe Club.

Payments should be mailed or dropped off at the following address.

Dragonboat - Rideau Canoe Club

Rideau Canoe Club

804 Hogs Back Road,

Ottawa, Ontario

K2C 0B1

If paying by credit card you can contact our offices at 613.225.5546 to have your payment processed over the phone OR you can come to the offices during our regular hours to pay directly by credit card or debit card.

Follow us on Twitter: We now have a twitter account for the RCC Dragon Boat Program. You can follow us at @DragonRCC

Steering and Drumming:

Once again this season we will be offering steering services for $26 per practice and/or $35 per race (+ HST). If you would like to rent a steers person for the festival you can request one by contacting us at: dragon@rideaucanoeclub.ca. If you feel that you are going to need a steers person for the race please contact us in advance. Steers people are provided on a first come first serve basis. Fees for steering will be added to your team account for practices and for races. Please note that new this year a portion of the costs ($10) goes towards a reserve fund to cover damage costs to the equipment when a hired steers person breaks equipment (in 2016 we were charged $3253.14 CAD for damages at the Tim Hortons festival - broken heads, tails, etc.). This is the reasoning for the increase in fees ($25 -> $35). In order to be covered for damages payment must be made through the club and a coach cannot be directly paid. If a team pays a coach directly and there is damage to the boat the team and/or coach is responsible to pay all fees.

Drummers may also be hired. Typically teams will only hire a drummer for races. The cost for drummers is $30 per race (+ HST). Please contact dragon@rideaucanoeclub.ca in advance of the festival. Fees for drumming will be added to your team account for races on the Saturday. Should you advance to Sunday you will pay the coach directly at the time of the race.


Just a friendly reminder that we maintain a web page on the Rideau Canoe Club website which allows teams and individuals connect. If you are looking for paddlers to fill your boat please reach out and try to find someone using our site. This year we are looking to try and increase the number of male participants in the sport. The Rideau Titans is a men's team based out of the club and they are actively looking for male paddlers. Please see their posters and others on the find a team/paddler page.


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