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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 10 sessions over a period of  five 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 at least 8 out of the 10 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)

Dates of 2023 courses:

  • Course 1: Thurs 13 April – Sun 14 May

  • Course 2: Thurs 18 May – Sun 18 June

  • Course 3: Thurs 6 July – Sun 6 Aug

  • Course 4: Thurs 10 Aug – Sun 10 Sep

After the course you'll be able to:​

  • 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

  • Perform skill exercises

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

  • Understand boat care and maintenance

  • Anticipate 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.

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