Learn to Row

Getting started in rowing couldn’t be easier! 


To find your nearest rowing club, please enter your postcode into the Full Postcode field to see a list of clubs in your search area.

Take a look at our courses for Juniors and Adults, as well as our Adaptive Rowing sections for more information on how you can have your first rowing experience.

Rowing clubs across the country play a vital role in welcoming new people to the sport and teaching them how to row. British Rowing has relaunched the Learn to Row Organiser’s Guide so you have the right tools to run a successful Learn to Row course.

British Rowing will provide support to help you in the delivery of your course and everyone will know that you:

·        Set high standards in your delivery of a Learn to Row course

·        Welcome people to your club

·        Support them during their Learn to Row course

The guide is not prescriptive but aims to encourage Course Organisers to question what they plan to do and why, and whether they have put in place the right resources to deliver the programme.  It asks them to ensure that everyone understands what they will get from the course. It asks Course Organisers to think about a continuation plan for everyone who completes the course so they can continue to row in a way that is suited to their needs. Sign up below to receive the latest Organiser’s Guide.

Organiser's Guide

Find out more from other clubs who run Learn to Row courses by watching this webinar.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of boat will I learn in?

We have wider, more stable boats to help you learn to row. These stable boats have been a real hit with our beginners at many of our clubs.

Am I too old?

You’re never too old to learn to row. Last year, nearly 700 over 50 year olds took out a British Rowing membership for the first time. We have members still competing at 80 years old, and rowing tours at home and abroad is an increasingly popular way to stay involved.

How long before I could row properly?

Our Learn to Row courses generally last six weeks, with one, two hour session per week.  This may differ from club to club.

Does it cost a lot?

Some clubs may offer free taster sessions but typically a Learn to Row course will cost between £90-£120. If you catch the bug and want to join a club, there is normally a club membership fee which may differ depending on the level you want to take up. Some clubs have special rates for young people, pensioners and social members.

Is the kit expensive?

You don’t need any special kit to start with and the club or water sports centre will tell you what to wear. You definitely don’t need to buy your own boat as they will be provided by the club.

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Adaptive Rowing

Adaptive Rowing is for people with disabilities who participate in the sport of rowing.

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So you want to learn to row? How exciting that you have decided to give it a go.

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A great way to have fun and keep fit

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