Learn to Row course information
Throughout the year we run 'Taster' sessions and 'Learn-To-Row' courses. These are aimed at newcomers to the sport or for those who have rowed
before (perhaps at University) and want a refresher.
The 'Taster' sessions provide a 2-hour basic introduction to rowing and sculling. Each session covers some basic indoor coaching on the rowing machines
before transferring that basic coaching out on the lake, in stable boats. The cost of a taster session is £10 and they are open to adults (16+) who can
swim 100m and are in reasonable health.
The 'Learn to Row' course follows on from the 'Taster' session and takes you through the initial steps, including familiarisation with boats and rowing
terminology (for those who have not rowed before) and then into land and water based training. The course consists of eight sessions and covers both
sculling and rowing, with plenty of water based sessions in stable training boats. The course should lead to you being confident and capable to row in
a coxed four by the end of the course.
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2018 Taster Sessions
The first Taster Sessions for 2018 took place at Easter and were fully subscribed. The next (and last for this year)
Taster session will be on Saturday 4th August. It is likely that this will be heavily subscribed, so
please contact us early if you are interested.
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During the taster session, we will give you an introduction to the club, show you how to use a rowing machine (properly!), and put you out on the water
in stable boats to have a go.
Taster sessions are aimed at complete (or almost complete) beginners, and give you the opportunity to have a go before deciding whether or not you
would like to book onto the full Learn-to-Row course (details below).
If you've done some rowing before, please reply and let us know about it as we might be able to invite you down to a regular club session and get you
We may be able to add extra sessions in the afternoon if there is sufficient demand
- Saturday 4th August
- 09:00 - 11:00
- 09:30 - 11:30
- 10:00 - 12:00
We will allocate the places on these sessions on a 'first come, first served' basis, based on when we receive payment. The Taster Sessions will be
based at the Watersports Centre on Caldecotte South Lake. Directions and a map can be found at the foot of this page
We advise that you wear close fitting sports clothing - lycra leggings/shorts/joggers or similar are good - and then t-shirts and several warm
layers. It can get hot on the rowing machines and cold out on the lake. A light waterproof jacket in case it rains or a sun hat may be useful depending
on the weather. No jeans, trousers, heavy jackets or hoodies please. A water bottle is also essential. A change of clothes is also
recommended in case you get splashed or in the unlikely event you fall in.
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2018 Learn to Row courses
If you enjoy the Taster Session and wish to continue you will then be able to sign up for a Learn to Row Course.
Our first set of courses, following the Taster Sessions have already started. The next set of courses will be later in
the year on the following dates:
- Session 1: Saturday 18th August
- Session 2: Monday 20th August
- Session 3: Saturday 25th August
- Session 4: Monday 27th August (Bank Holiday)
- Session 5: Saturday 1st September
- Session 6: Monday 3rd September
- Session 7: Saturday 8th September
- Session 8: Saturday 15th September
Monday sessions are 18:30-20:30
Saturday sessions are 09:30-11:30
(Don't worry if you think that you'll have to miss the odd session - most people do).
The cost of the Learn to Row course is £110, which includes the eight sessions, a Learn-to-Row handbook, and your first year's membership of British
Rowing (silver level) if you decide to join the club at the end of the course.
Whilst we try to offer places on the Learn to Row courses to all those who have completed a taster session, in the event that the courses are
oversubscribed, places will be allocated according to the order in which first enquiries were made to the club.
As with the Taster Sessions, the Learn to Row Courses are based at the Watersports Centre on Caldecotte South Lake and there's a map of how to find us
at the bottom of the page.
If you have any further queries please contact us.
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After the Course
Once you have completed the course we'd love you to carry on rowing with us! To help with this, we have very keen men's and women's
Development Squads, many of whom have done the Learn to Row course and you would be able to start rowing with them.
The Development Squad members pay reduced fees and row on Saturdays at 9.30am and Mondays at 6.30pm (during the summer). Development Squad
membership also covers you for all land training sessions during the winter months. Several members of this Squad, graduates of last year's Learn to
Row courses, have raced at various events during this year, including taking part in last year's Milton Keynes Regatta, winning many races.
More information about our training schedule can be found here and details of membership fees here.
If you have rowed before and are looking to get back into the sport, or want to change clubs for any reason, we also offer taster
memberships or pro-rata annual fees. If you'd like to know more, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you row currently at University or College and want to carry on during the
vacations, we also offer a Student Away membership at reduced rates. Again, just drop us a
line to find out more or see our membership page for details.
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