Find a rowing club near you
You’ll find learn to row courses and taster sessions around the country being run through Explore Rowing. Or you could check out your local club websites – lots of our clubs hold open days and offer taster sessions.
If you prefer rowing on dry land we can help with that too. Our mobile app, RowActiv, 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.