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

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.

2020-2021 Dues and Fees (April 1st, 2020 – March 31st, 2021)

  • 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

2019-2020 Dues and Fees (April 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020)

  • Provincial Rowing Associations: $700.00
  • Special Associations and Associate Organizations: $500.00
  • Rowing Clubs: $400.00
  • Participant Fee: $20.00
  • Seat Fee: $3.25
  • 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 organizaton 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 each year. Information about the upcoming Annual Declaration process will be released in the Spring of 2019.  

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 Stephen McMurray 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.
Any questions about the equipment should go to Stephen McMurray at or 250.220.2579.

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
  • Usually 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 will register their event two weeks in advance and submit a payment of $75 for events occurring after April 1, 2019 to receive insurance coverage for all participants. With the single fee, clubs can host as many participants at an event as attended. These events are subsidized by RCA to help clubs promote our sport to new participants. 

Clubs can request to host a Come Try event here. 

A signed waiver form should be signed by all Come Try participants.  A sample waiver form is available here and members are advised to seek their own legal advice when considering the use of a waiver. 

For assistance creating digital promotional graphics for your Come Try Event, contact us.


Information and resources related to SafeSport 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