Twickenham Rowing Club have been teaching newcomers to the sport how to row for over 160 years. Past graduates of our learn to row programmes have progressed to compete at the highest levels of the sport, representing the club both at Henley Royal Regatta and internationally for Great Britain.

Successful completion of our course will furnish you with the basic technical, physical and mental attributes that allow you to progress into our novice squad where you will continue your development and get the opportunity to compete in your first British Rowing events.


What can you expect from this course?


As well as satisfying your individual ambitions the purpose of the learn to row course is to provide the wider club with a steady flow of athletes to populate our various competitive and recreational squads.

The course comprises of 12 sessions over a period of  six weeks and will consist of land based training and on the water tuition. Each course will consist of a maximum of 12 people and will be led by a qualified coach who will be supported by experienced club rowers.

Participants will be presented with a certificate at the end of the course if they have demonstrated sufficient progress and they have attended 10 out of the 12 sessions. The Club is close to capacity in terms of rowers, therefore participants will not necessarily be offered membership at the end of the course. If participants demonstrate certain attributes such as good technique, positive attitude and good level of fitness the coaches will discuss options with those individuals about joining the Club. The course certificate will outline to other clubs that the participant has an understanding of the fundamentals of rowing.

Cost of the course is £300 (£225 for 25 and under)

Proposed dates of 2022 courses:

  • Course 1: Thurs 21 April – Sun 5 June

  • Course 2: Tues 3 May – Sat 18 June

  • Course 3: Thurs 9 June – Sun 24 July

  • Course 4: Thurs 28 July – Sun 11 Sep

  • Course 5: Thurs 15 Sep – Sun 27 Oct

Upon completion of the course you will be able to do the following:​

  • Identify the type of boats and equipment that you will be using.

  • Be familiar basic coxing commands

  • Demonstrate correct basic rowing technique.

  • Know how to set up and safely use an ‘Ergo’

  • Safely get a boat on and off water

  • Skill exercises

  • Basic manoeuvres (backing down / full circle) and stopping in a controlled manner

  • Boat care and maintenance

  • Be aware of risks and hazards and demonstrate safety on the water

You will also benefit from:​

  • Improved fitness

  • Improved social life

  • The ability to bore your non rowing friends with your amazing new found hobby.