Learn to Row
We are a competitive club, with men and women of all ages racing at regional, national and even international levels. Training as part of a racing squad takes time and commitment to your fellow crew members - but being part of a team can reward you in ways that other sports and fitness challenges cannot. And there’s nothing like the exhilaration of being on the river in a fast, fine racing boat!
Any adult without previous rowing experience must attend a learn to row course before they can be considered for membership. Learn to row courses are only open to adults over 18 years of age. Younger individuals would need to ask for their name to be added to the junior squad waiting list.
The Course will be split into two 4 week sections with 2 sessions each week, one on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and one on Sunday mornings at 10.30am. You caan opt out after 4 weeks if you consider it not for you. The first course will start with fitness recording - you will be given set exercise and times or reps recorded. This will be repeated at the end of the course to chart any improvement. It is important that ALL sessions of the course are attended. This ensures that no individual misses out on any critical safety or equipment information and that boat sessions are not disrupted by fellow crew members not turning up!
The course is kindly run by volunteer coaches, allowing us to keep the course fee low at £40 for each 4 week course.
The next course will start in early September (date to be announced very soon) to allow entrants to complete their training before the clocks go back. If they then decide rowing is for them they can start winter training with the exisiting members.
Course Places are limited. If you would like to apply please download and read the comprehensive New Members Handbook HERE before e.mailing the Learn to Row Organiser. Please include your gender, age and your fitness level as this helps us put to together best matched crews.
On application you will be asked for a declaration regarding your health and your ability to swim at least 50 metres in light clothing.
During the course you will be required to demonstrate this swimming ability and to take part in a capsize drill.
Rowing isn’t the only way to be actively involved in the sport - see the Coxing page for another way to take part in the action.
Our junior squad is currently full and we also have several teenagers on our waiting list. With our current coaching system we will not be able to take any 16-18 yr olds on. (Unless they have previous rowing experience).
If your child is 12-15 please send their details to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list.
Junior training is friday 5.30pm and sunday 10.15am. As the sessions are run by volunteers we ask for parental help to get the children safely on and off the river.