Learn to row for seniors
The club runs courses for both juniors and seniors who are interested in trying the sport. The learn to row courses begin with a dry start stage — training on rowing machines, then progressing onto a wet start stage where attendees will have the opportunity to get out on the water.
Our introductory course run over three weeks and costs of £60 per person. There are a total of six sessions and are typically run on Sunday afternoons and Wednesdays from 6.30-8.30pm.
The open afternoon is held in April where members of the club will be able to show you the facilities, talk to you about the club and learning to row. You will be able to have a go on the indoor rowing machines and hopefully if weather permits a boat on the water.
In order to learn to row you need to be 13 or older (no upper age) able to swim 100m in light clothing, and in reasonable health.
During the course you will learn:
- how to handle rowing equipment (boats, blades, and rowing machines)
- the basics of rowing technique (first on rowing machines, then out on the water)
When the course is done, we hope you will have enjoyed your first experience of rowing. You can then go on to continue developing with our novice squad if you join the club after the course.
We occasionally run an extra course in August to September if demand is high. So even if you cannot make the course in the spring please register your interest in case we have enough entrants to run our second course.
Frequently asked questions
The first 1-2 sessions will be on indoor rowing machines, where we will teach you the correct technique for both indoor machines and the basics of on-the-water technique. The 2nd/3rd sessions will be out on the water, using specially bought boats for beginners. These are much wider, and much more stable, than normal racing boats. You can use these to start to get the hang of applying the technique you have learnt.
From the 4th session onwards, we will get you out in, typically, ‘quads’ (ie 4 people per boat, 2 oars per person). In these, you will learn to apply that technique correctly, whilst doing it at the same time and speed as the other members of your crew. By the end of the course, we would hope to have all four members of the crew rowing at the same time, with the correct basic technique – something that is harder than it sounds.
If it rains, we will usually still go out on the water, though likely for a shorter sessions as none of the work you will be doing will be physically demanding enough to keep you warm.
Strong winds, or fast currents, are a more serious matter and are the most common cause for cancellation of sessions. If too many of the sessions get cancelled, we will do our best to re-arrange some.