Find a rowing club near you
Rowing is a really sociable and addictive sport! We can help you find learn to row courses and taster sessions around the country, run by British Rowing clubs and selected watersport centres. Or you could check out our Club Finder section to read more about getting into the sport – lots of our clubs hold open days and offer taster sessions.
Taking up rowing for the first time is really easy for all ages and abilities. Look out for clubs delivering a learn to row course in your area. These courses 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. Rowing is a sport that appeals to men, women and children of all ages and abilities, and many of British Rowing’s clubs are offering more flexible ways to train, tour or just potter about.
If you’ve enjoyed watching rowing and are 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.
If you have any difficulties signing up to a course near you please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more advice.
If you prefer rowing on dry land we can help with that too. Check out our indoor rowing section where you'll find some top tips to help you get started and make sure you know all the correct technique when you go along to your local gym.
Your questions answered
- What sort of boat will I learn in?
We have wider, more stable boats to help you learn to row. The stable boats being used by many of our 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.