Adult Beginner’s rowing course

City of Cambridge Rowing Club occasionally run adult beginner rowing courses for people who have never rowed before. This is done in partnership with Cambridge Rowing Experience.

Prior to joining a course we invite people to take part in a rowing taster session.¬† At this session we go through the basics of rowing, get you on a rowing machine, get an ‘eight’ out – and then go rowing.

After the taster session, you will be invited to take part in our Learn to Row course. At this, we aim to teach basic technique to a standard (British Rowing Level 1) 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 4-6 weeks, and consists of :

  • Rowing – 2 sessions a week (Saturday/Sunday times can vary)
  • Session in the Cambridge Rowing tank
  • Coached¬†Ergo (Rowing Machine) training

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

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
  • 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.

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