Learn To Row

Learn to Row

Adult Beginner's rowing course

CCRC runs regular adult beginner rowing courses

The course is aimed at people who have never rowed before (if you already know how to row, please see one of our squads page under 'Rowing'). We aim to teach basic technique to a standard whereby beginners can move into the relevant men's and women's intermediate squads or into regular crews. The session is coached by members of the men's and women's squad. The course lasts 4 weeks, and consists of :

  • Rowing - 2 sessions a week (Saturday/Sunday times can vary)
  • Circuit training - Mondays 7pm
  • Coached Ergo (Rowing Machine) training

We provide a coach and cox to instruct you, and all required equipment.

Current and planned courses

Taster Days: 6th & 27th April 2019 

Starting 11/12 May 2019 for four weeks

Please register interest via the sign up link (bottom of page) and we will be in touch.

To participate, you must:

  • Be over 18 years old (we have a separate juniors program)
  • Be able to swim at least 50 metres in light clothing (rowing kit)
  • Be able to tread water for at least two minutes
  • Be able to swim under water for at least 5 metres
  • Have sufficient general health so that a moderate amount of exercise won't cause a problem
  • Take out temporary membership with the club for the duration of the course: (see Membership information)
  • Be available on your chosen day for the duration of the course (short absences are fine)

To be compatible with rowing, you need:

  • Availability - commitments that allow you to be somewhat flexible with outing times and days, including evenings and weekends
  • Reliability (especially punctuality)
  • Commitment
  • Coachability (being willing to put into practice what a coach says)

The club is focused on sweep rowing (one oar each) and this is all we teach on the beginners course

Rowing clubs are a great way to make new friends and CCRC has the most active social scene on the river. We have the best and most frequent parties on the river, and are one of the only two boathouses with a bar.

Whilst waiting for the course to start, you're welcome to participate in the circuit training sessions on Monday nights where you can also see what the club is like and meet some of the members. They are start at 7pm, at the City boathouse, just let the organisers know you're a new potential beginner. (Try to get there a bit early as the sessions are very popular). These sessions are free.

Sign up to the next Learn To Row course


Beginners Course information sheet

Rowing Technique and Terms (1.0M)

British Rowing website 

Email the beginners coordinator: novices [at] cityrc.co.uk

Additional information