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Dipping your toe in the water

Junior Learn-to-Row

Many of our current and past junior rowers have begun their rowing careers with one of our highly popular learn to row courses. Some of those participants have gone on to represent Great Britain, so what are you waiting for, sign up now!

We welcome beginners and novices ages 12-18. The course will cover basic water and boat safety, boat-handling skills, basic sculling technique and further development of existing sculling skills for those who have already had a taster. We aim to cover the British Rowing GoRow Level 1 syllabus, for some attendees we are able to cover levels 2 and 3. The emphasis is on fun and participation. Whilst the majority of the course is spent on the water, there will also be some land-based fitness training for rowing included, along with basic ergo technique and flexibility.

Our goal is to ensure participants have a fun and safe introduction to the exciting sport of rowing.

Our courses run during Easter, May and October half terms, some weekends and the Summer holidays. 

We are currently planning to run our ‘Covid Secure’ course design. Participants are taught in small groups, typcially of four of five.

Each days session lasts for around two hours, the first group starts at 13.30 and finishes at 15:30, the second group starts at 14:00, finishes at 16:00, the third group starts at 14:30 and so on.

Course Fees are:

  • Fours days – £200
  • Five days – £250

    If you would like more information please get in contact.

Dates for 2022

The Easter and May Half Term courses are
for for juniors who,at the time of the
course are in school year 8 or 9, and,
do not have a school rowing option


  • Monday 11th – Thursday 14th April  

  • Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd April  


  • Monday 30th May – Tuesday 2nd June 

The Summer and Autumn courses are
for for juniors who,at the time of the
course, are at least rising year 8


  • Monday 25th July – Friday 29th July 

  • Monday 1st – Friday 5th August 

  • Monday 8th August – Friday 12th August 

  • Monday 15th – Friday 19th August

  • Monday 22nd August – Friday 29th August 

The September Sunday and October Half Term courses are
for for juniors who,at the time of the
course are in school year 8 or 9, and,
do not have a school rowing option

September Sundays and October Half Term

  • Sunday 18th September – Sunday 16th October
  • Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe?

You will be provided with a stabilised boat, and accompanied at all times by a launch. All of our coaches are DBS checked, first-aid and rescue qualified. If the weather or water conditions are too challenging we will run an indoor gym session. 

How long is the course?

The course runs Monday – Friday for 2 hours including a short break in the middle. Day 1 is mostly spent on land, learning the rowing technique in the gym; the rules of the river and parts of the boat, before jumping in a boat for some confidence building exercises. Days 2-4 are spent mostly on the water, and Day 5 sees all of the graduates participate in an obstacle course and a series of races. 

What do I need to bring?

We ask that all participants come prepared with comfortable sports kit including trainers, a complete change of clothes and a towel in the event of a capsize, a waterproof top, a water bottle, suncream and a sun hat, and plenty of enthusiam!

How much does it cost?

The course costs £250. Every participant is given a British Rowing GoRow booklet, and a certificate at the end of the course. There will also be prizes awarded throughout the week. 

What’s next?

On the last day of the course there will be an opportunity to speak to the coaches about the next steps to joining the MRC junior squad. You will also be given a leaflet with more information. Graduates are invited to join the squad based on their performance during the course. 

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