Rowing Canada Aviron offers a number of services and development initiatives to support the growth of rowing in Canada. Check out information about how to become and remain a member of RCA, insurance and member benefits, and athlete and club development resources

Registration, Dues and Fees

DUES AND FEES WEBINAR (recording) – November 24, 2021

DUES AND FEES WEBINAR (recording) – November 26, 2020
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In accordance with the RCA By-Laws, Members must register all those participating in club rowing and rowing-related activities to remain as RCA Members in good standing. All National Team, competitive, recreational, Learn to Row, corporate challenge rowers, umpires, coaches and club volunteers/administrators are required to register online through the RCA Web Registration System (WRS). 

In January 2017, RCA Members voted in favour of a major shift in its Membership Model that took effect April 1st, 2018. For background and information on the model, please review the initial report and the report presented at the 2017 Semi-Annual Meeting.

2021-2022 Dues and Fees (April 1st, 2021 – March 31st, 2022)

  • Provincial Rowing Associations: $700.00
  • Special Associations and Associate Organizations: $500.00
  • Rowing Clubs: $400.00
  • Participant Fee: $24.00
  • Seat Fee: $3.50
  • Come Try Fee: $75.00

Past Dues and Fees

All non-rowers (Administrators, Club Presidents, Coaches, Directors, Umpires, Volunteers) must be registered in the RCA WRS. There is no RCA fee for non-rowers. 

Individuals wanting to join a rowing club should visit our Find A Club section to learn more about programs available in their area. Registration for club programs is found online.

Become a Member of RCA

To become a member of RCA, organizations need to be a member of their Provincial Rowing Association (PRA). 

The organization may then join RCA by providing: 

  • A copy of the organization’s legal information (letters patent or certificate of incorporation, constitution or by-laws) as approved by the applicable PRA 
  • A letter requesting membership in RCA including a brief history of the organization and the rowing venue if applicable 
  • Payment for the annual membership fee 
  • After your membership is approved, you will be eligible for RCA insurance and other member benefits 

For more information, contact Sid Murdoch

Annual Declaration

To remain a member in good standing, RCA Member Organizations must complete their Annual Declaration and pay their Annual Dues each year. Information about the upcoming Annual Declaration process was released in the Spring of 2021.


To facilitate the voting registration process for the RCA Annual/Semi-Annual Meetings and to verify that members are in good standing prior to the regatta season, RCA is providing this Declaration Form as confirmation that all of your board of directors, participants, and coaches are entered in the RCA Web Registration System (WRS). A completed form is also required in order for your organization to be a member in good standing in the new registration year, April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

This online form must be executed by a designated representative of your organization. The Declaration Form verifies that Members have registered all of their required roles and participants for the prior registration year (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) with RCA and their respective Provincial Rowing Association – also a requirement for participation in sanctioned regattas (2.1 Definition of a Competitor, RCA Rules of Racing).

Yamaha Motor Canada Preferred Pricing for RCA Member Organizations 

Yamaha Motor Canada offers preferred pricing on Yamaha Outboard Motors for RCA Member Organizations. The partnership between Rowing Canada Aviron and Yamaha Motor Canada will not disrupt any current relationship that may already exist between our RCA Member Organizations and local Yamaha Dealers. 

RCA Member organizations interested in learning about pricing should have an official organization representative contact RCA for more details. Please do not contact Yamaha Motor Canada directly.  

Learn more about Yamaha Motor Canada and outboard motors here

Rowing Canada Aviron provides its members liability insurance coverage for certain activities associated with rowing. Liability insurance will defend you and pay for damages that may be awarded against you. In short, insurance gives you peace of mind. It protects all members of the association as well as volunteers who might otherwise hesitate to offer their services from concern about their possible personal liability. 

In addition, RCA provides accident coverage that pays defined amounts to any member who has suffered a serious injury as a result of an accident arising out of participation in our sport. 

This Guide explains the nature of the coverage provided to members by RCA’s insurance policies and addresses some frequently asked questions. It also identifies some of the steps that members can take to minimize the risk of a legal suit. 

Contact the RCA office for insurance related questions: 1.877.722.4769 ext. 1; 

RCA Webinar: Managing your organization in the COVID-19 environment

Rowing Canada Aviron Legal Expense Coverage 

Rowing Canada Aviron provides legal support in the event of Human Rights complaints as well as limited free legal advice for members on an ongoing basis.

You can learn more here about DAS Legal Insurance protection

Insurance Claims

Information about Insurance Claims and how to report an incident is outlined here.

RCA Equipment for Sale

RCA is selling a variety of used equipment that includes flat-water boats, coastal and recreational boats, oars and trailers.

Sale of equipment will be confirmed upon receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Equipment is sold as is and the buyer is expected to arrange for pick-up. See the full list of equipment for sale here.

March 2021: RCA’s high performance program has equipment available for purchase. See the full list here.

Come Try Events

A Come Try event is a promotional event hosted by a club or an association to promote rowing within their communities. First-time participants are invited to try rowing in a supervised and safe setting. Come Try events are: 

  • Promoted by clubs and associations to attract new people to our sport
  • Typically 1 – 3 hours in duration
  • Supervised by certified coaches
  • Not races, regattas or training camps
  • Free to all participants

To host a Come Try event, clubs need to register their event two weeks in advance. Clubs can request to host a Come Try event here. 

Once RCA approves the event it will be live in the Web Registration System (WRS) and will have a unique URL that is to be used for participant registration. 

All participants should register through the WRS. During the registration process, participants will be required to complete the RCA waiver form. If it is not possible for a person to register through WRS, participants can complete a paper version of the waiver (Waiver | Assumption of Risk).  

Clubs will be billed $5 per participant, up to $75. Come Try events can have more than 15 participants, at no extra charge.  Within 7 days following the event, organizations must confirm their total number of participants to RCA.  If RCA does not receive the list of participants within 7 days after the event, the organization will be billed $75.  

Inquiries related to Come Try events should be directed to Liz Hardy.  

Safe Sport

Information and resources related to Safe Sport can be found here.

Athlete Development

RCA CAN ROW Skills Event 

This document works in collaboration with the CAN ROW Coaches Handbook. The Skills Event is intended for Learn to Train rowers, but can be for all abilities and ages to test their skills, both in practise and in the Skills Event. It provides the detailed information for rowers, coaches, umpires, evaluators and all regatta personnel to fully understand the set-up, scoring and operation of the Skills Event. 

To access the RCA CAN ROW Skills Event, please click here.

RCA Athlete Development Pathway E-Learning Module  
This module will help you develop and refine your understanding of the RCA Athlete Development Pathway. If you are a coach wanting to collect one NCCP Professional Development Credit for completing this module, contact us