Who would have thought 12 months ago that the North East’s number one Rowability scheme would go on to achieve so much in such a short space of time?
Getting to Eton Dorney
Planning and booking your travel to Eton Dorney in advance is essential, with tens of thousands of people expected each day at the Olympic and Paralympic rowing venue.
Where to stay
Looking for a place to stay during the Games? Take a look at some British Rowing recommendations.
Find out more about Eton Dorney – one of the finest rowing venues in the world.
Check out the official Paralympic Games merchandise on the London 2012 website.
Got a question?
If you’ve got a query about visiting Eton Dorney for the Olympic Regatta, ask the London 2012 Virtual Agent.
Watching the Paralympic Games
Channel 4 is the official broadcaster of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, with live coverage shown all day, every day throughout the event.
London 2012 coverage will dominate the schedules on Channel 4 and More4, with three additional streams available on Sky, Virgin and Freeview.
All of these streams will also be available to watch live on Channel 4’s Paralympics website, http://paralympics.channel4.com.
On-demand highlights will also be made available on the C4Paralympics website, and a 45-minute highlights programme will be aired each day at 10.30pm on Channel 4.
For more information about Channel 4’s coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, visit http://paralympics.channel4.com/inside-stories/newsid=1233885/index.html#How to watch the Paralympics.
|Fri 31st||Sat 1st||Sun 2nd|
|Women's Single Sculls - ASW1x||Heats
|Men's Single Sculls - ASM1x||Heats
|Mixed Double Sculls - TAMix2x||Heats
|Mixed Coxed Four - LTAMix4+||Heats
The GB boats
|Mixed Double Scull (TAMix2x)|
|Mixed Coxed Four (LTAMix4+)|
|Mens Single Scull (ASM1x)|
Have a go
If you’ve been inspired by London 2012 to try rowing, it’s really easy to have a go.
You’ll find learn to row courses and taster sessions around the country being run through Row for Gold and Explore Rowing. Or you could check out your local club websites – lots of our clubs are having open days and offering tasters around ‘Games Time’.
If you prefer rowing on dry land we can help with that too. Our new iPhone app, RowActiv (soon to be released on Android phones too) can give you some top tips, training sessions and video lessons to help you get started and make sure you know all the correct technique when you go along to your local gym.
Taking up rowing for the first time is really easy for all ages and abilities. Look out for clubs delivering an Explore Rowing course in your area. This course will help you learn the basics to help you get involved in the range of activities available in rowing.
If you’ve been a rower before and want to get back in a boat, just find your local club on our club finder and give them a shout. Explore Rowing means that many of British Rowing’s clubs are offering more flexible ways to train, tour or just potter about.
If you’re enjoying watching the rowing and feeling inspired to give it a go why not get together with a friend or two and let us help you find a course near you.
Your questions answered
- What sort of boat will I learn in?
We have wider, more stable boats to help you learn to row. The boats being used by Explore Rowing clubs have been a real hit with our beginners.
- Am I too old?
You’re definitely never too old to learn to row. Last year nearly 700 over 50 years old took out a British Rowing membership for the first time. We have members still competing at 80 years and touring rowing at home and abroad are increasingly popular.
- How long before I could row properly?
Our learn to row courses generally last 6 weeks, with a 2 hour session per week. Some of the rowers you’ve seen at the Olympics have been identified and developed through the Start programme and may have only been rowing for four to five years. Others will have been rowing since they were at school.
- Does it cost a lot?
Some clubs may offer free taster sessions – typically a learn to row course will cost between £90-£120. If you decide that you have the bug there is a Club membership fee and this will usually differ on the level you want to take up, some clubs have special rates for young people and pensioners, social members, etc.
- Is the kit expensive?
You don’t need any special kit to start with and if you’re going to have a try the club or watersports centre will tell you what sort of thing to wear. You definitely don’t need to buy your own boat – the boats which will be suitable for the sort of water you’re rowing on will be provided by the club.
- I have a disability, can I row?
Yes, Adaptive rowing is rowing for people with a disability and is about removing barriers to participation in the sport for anyone who has a physical, sensory or learning impairment. Adaptive implies that the equipment is “adapted” to the user. To find out more details contact Madeleine Millichap.
Adaptive rowing is rowing for people with a disability - removing barriers to participation in the sport for anyone who has a physical, sensory or learning impairment.
The essence of the sport remains the same but the boats and equipment are adapted to suit each specific rower’s needs.
Competitors are divided into three categories: LTA (legs, trunk and arms rowing), TA (torso and arms only), and AS (arms and shoulders only).
Simon Goodey’s ‘Adaptive Rowing: A Guide’ is an excellent reference point anyone currently involved in or considering taking up adaptive rowing.
For more information about adaptive rowing, visit www.britishrowing.org/taking-part/adaptive.