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Important Message to Ottawa's Paddling Community

posted Jul 10, 2018, 1:02 PM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Jul 10, 2018, 1:04 PM ]

From: John Savage <john.pg.savage@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 9:12 PM
Subject: Come defend our right to row and paddle our Ottawa River downtown

Concerned Paddlers and Rowers, 

In response to that woman run down by jet skiers on Canada Day, last Thursday, I met with the City of Gatineau's Recreation Department and discovered that the city is developing a recreation plan that excludes the Ottawa River for paddling and rowing. The consultant told me that as far as he was concerned, the river is historically a motor boating waterway and not at all suitable for non-motorized boating, as are many other spots in Quebec. Well, I mentioned, I've been here since the mid-1990s, right after the logging era ended. Based on my experience, logging that benefitted Gatineau principally economically, nearly ruined paddling and rowing that was thriving in the 1800s and early to mid-1900s.  After the river got congested with logs, these sports diminished, but started to recover over the next 28 years when the logging ended in 1990. During this time, the ORC has expanded to over 1,000 members, the sailing clubs expanded, and a new rowing and paddling programs started at the ONEC. The river came to life as a place where people could de-stress, get healthy, and reconnect with nature.

However, the City of Gatineau in collusion with the NCC has refused to accept the historical fact of the river's paddling and rowing heritage and promoted motorboating for its own vision of the river. This runs counter to the City of Ottawa's support of the Ottawa Rowing Club, sitting on city land. Since 1990, Gatineau has developed over 200 motorboat docks on its side of the river and not one canoe, kayak, or rowing shell dock even when petitioned or faced with people like me trying to exercise our Indigenous right to proper access. In 2016, the City of Gatineau forced the removal of the last docks used exclusively for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking and replaced them with 25 motor boat docks on rue Jacques Cartier. There are no more docks that we may safely come into for taking refuge, as we used to. Our safety is threatened, as evidenced by that hit and run incident this Canada Day when a young woman was run down by jet skiers on waters we use every day.

When I asked him why Gatineau is sponsoring motorboating so much, he suggest that the motorboat lobby is strong and that the paddling and rowing community is not organized. Now is the time that we have to do more to protect our waterway for our uses. If we don't, then the City of Gatineau will dictate the destruction of this waterway for paddlers and rowers, by enabling excessive motorboating and making this river unnavigable for us. We will have more collisions, like the Canada Day hit and run when a woman was run over by jet skiers.

What can you do?

This Thursday from 10 am to noon, I have invited that consultant down for a paddle on the Ottawa River. I would like to ask paddlers and rowers to be out on the water with me when I'm taking him there, to prove that this waterway is used for healthier forms of recreation and hopefully influence his judgment to support paddling and rowing as a valid form of recreation on the river.  Even a half dozen boats out there would help. Please ask everyone you know to come down at that time and demonstrate how the river is best used by paddlers and rowers too.  We will be launching from a dilapidated boat launch on the Gatineau side of the river across from the ONEC boathouse at 10 am and paddle between Kettle Island and Rideau Falls. It would be ideal to see others in this vicinity between 10 am and noontime.  I'm not asking people to carry signs, yell slogans, or do anything other than just get on the river and use it during the tour I provide this fellow as examples how this waterway can meet our needs, if the City of Gatineau doesn't abandon our shared interests.

If you have any questions, please ask.


John Savage

2016 Florida Camp

posted Oct 27, 2015, 12:52 PM by Meaghan Davis   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 5:06 AM ]


*Coaches will be sending invitations to select athletes with suggested length of stay.

There are specific times and dates that you need to arrive in and depart from Orlando:
Arrive: Orlando Airport, before 8:00 pm, March 10, 2016
Depart Camp 1: Orlando Airport, after 11:30 am, March 29, 2016
Depart Camp 2: Orlando Airport, after 11:30 am, April 8, 2016

Outlined below is the basic information for the 2016 Florida Spring Training Camp. The camp will take place at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp on Lake Griffin, Fruitland Park near Leesburg, FL. There will be no Rideau Canoe Club camp in Melbourne this year; senior athletes who are invited to the National Team camp should consult with their coach about booking their own accommodation. Any arrangements to attend Junior National Team camps will be coordinated between National Team coaches and your club coaches.

Florida Camp Options for Rideau Athletes this year:
Camp 1- 19 days - Depart: March 10, 2016, Return: March 29, 2016, (7 school days missed)
Camp 2- 30 days - Depart: March 10, 2016, Return: April 8, 2016, (15 school days missed)
Senior Carded Athletes - As determined by the athlete, coach, and National Team requirements

Important Dates:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Florida Information Parent/ Athlete Meeting
Monday, November 23, 2015 - Initial payment and Athlete Registration Forms Due (forms included in info package below)
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - Confirm airline reservation with the office
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - Final Payment Due (online)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - Trailer loading
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - Trailer leaves for Leesburg
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Athletes arrive in Orlando airport and are transported to Leesburg
Sunday, March 27, 2016 - Universal Studios/ Beach Day
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - Camp 1 ends
Friday, April 8, 2016 - Camp 2 ends
Monday, April 11, 2016 - Trailer returns


Officials Training - May 23

posted May 12, 2015, 5:52 PM by Hector Carranco

The Eastern Ontario Division will be hosting a Level I/II Officials course for all those who are interested in learning more about officiating and helping the division host safe and efficient regattas.  This course includes an introduction to each position, describes roles and responsibilities of each position, and gives an overview of the rules governing the sport.  It will provide participants with the necessary training to help at local and divisional regattas.  
Training will be held at the Carleton Place Canoe Club on May 23rd in conjunction with the OCSRA Spring Camp and OCup 1 long distance race.  The course will begin at 10:00 a.m. so please arrive at 9:45 a.m. to register. It is expected that the course will be completed around 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend and will be invited to help out at the OCup long distance race on Sunday – paired with an experienced official.  

Please contact Kim Houston at salmosalar_4@hotmail.com if you are interested in attending.

First Aid Training

posted May 12, 2015, 5:47 PM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 4:28 PM ]

This 2 day course is standard first aid and it covers handling emergency situations regarding medical emergencies such as diabetes, cardiovascular emergencies, seizures, asthma, anaphylaxis, poisoning and environmental emergencies. 

Candidates will also learn how to handle traumatic emergencies such as bleeding, sprains, strains, fractures and eye injuries. There is a multiple choice exam at the end of the course.

CPR level C will also be included such will cover adult, child, infant CPR and obstructed airway treatments.

Candidates who finish the 2 day course will be able to qualify for the NLS course to become a lifeguard.

All RCC employees need to provide proof of Standard First Aid & CPR C to fulfill their contracts.  Any employee who only needs a re-certification must provide proof of First Aid & CPR C and email info@rideaucanoeclub.ca Recertification will be the Sunday session.

Click here First Aid Training registration

RCC at the High Water Run Canoe Race

posted May 11, 2015, 5:57 AM by Hector Carranco

This past weekend two  Rideau paddlers, Jenn Cross and Courtney Spratt, competed in the High Water Run Canoe Race in northern Ontario near Kirkland Lake.  This annual race, in its 25th year, is organized by the Northern Prospectors Association and the Local Services Board,  and covers 16 km from lake Sesekinika to Kenogami Lake, along the Blanche River, an ancient route of the Voyageurs.  The Rideau paddlers came second in the women’s category even with a spill in the chilly water (the ice had been gone less than a week!)

Spring Cleanup - Saturday May 2nd

posted Apr 29, 2015, 6:42 PM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Apr 29, 2015, 6:43 PM ]

The water level is rising and it is time to make the RCC look its best!  All members are requested to join us in getting our clubhouse and grounds in great condition to start the paddling season. We will be holding our annual spring clean-up on Saturday May 2nd from 10:00 am until we are clean! 

Many hands make light work.  Even if you can't spend the whole morning, please come out for however long you are able to help out. We will need people to bring some gardening tools to help us out.

Some jobs we will be doing:
  • sweeping stone steps and dock area
  • sorting life jackets and paddles into program bins
  • painting paddles that need purple touch ups
  • cleaning out back boat bay
  • re-organizing boat storage to accommodate our new fleet of mini boats
  • Putting names on racks for personal boat storage (as boats are allocated by coaching staff)
  • outside window washing
This is our club.  Let's show our RCC pride and help make it look great!

Look for Commodore Ron Sibthorpe, he will tell you what you can do!

Jock River Race Results

posted Apr 29, 2015, 6:32 PM by Hector Carranco

The Rideau Canoe Club had a great representation at the Jock River canoeing race.

Here are the Rideau results:

Canoe Competitive Men:
  • 113:  Jacob Smith, Isaac Finkelstein 1:06:31 1st
  • 80: Alexander Hoferek, Adam Richard 1:17:38 2nd
Canoe Recreational Men:
  • 83: Matthew Raymond, Bruce Raymond 1:06:29 3rd
Canoe recreational mixed:
  • 111: Jared Schmidt, L.A. Schmidt  1:11:11  3rd (ORCC)
  • 65: Louise Schmidt, Emmett Schmidt 1:15:05
  • 82: Owen Rainboth, Jennifer Cross 1:28:51
  • 76:Ryan Handler, Katie Hoferek  1:29:13
Women's kayak:
  • 8: Liz Elton  1:17:34           2nd
  • 63:  Brent Schmidt  1:11:27           1st
To see more great pictures visit Max Finkelstein's flicker page.

Rideau Canoe Club Open House - Saturday May 9

posted Apr 20, 2015, 1:38 PM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 2:02 PM ]

Join the RCC on Saturday, May 9, for our annual Open House from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring a friend or family member to learn about the club, the paddling programs and meet the coaches/instructors.

CanoeKids Summer Camps

New members are always welcome!

For returning members, this is a great opportunity to get reacquainted after a long winter!

There will be board members and staff to explain to you how membership and programs work. Don't miss the opportunity!

CanoeKids Registration Is Now Open

posted Jan 15, 2015, 9:16 AM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Mar 2, 2015, 7:07 AM ]

CanoeKids Online Registration is now open click here to register.

Mark your calendars!

Max Finkelstein - Presentation January 25th

posted Jan 7, 2015, 5:39 PM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Jan 8, 2015, 12:06 PM ]

Sustainable Communities – Healthy Futures

The Rideau Roundtable and the City of Ottawa invites you to attend a special public presentation by one of Canada’s most renowned canoeists; author and adventurer Max Finkelstein. Adventure Mississippi, retraces part of the 1673 expedition by Canadian explorers Marquette and Joliet down the river which flows through the heartland of modern day America.

This presentation will take place on January 25th from 2-3 pm at the Chamber room in Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa. There is no charge for attendance or parking. All are welcome.

Please click here for more details.

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