Get started in rowing

Do you want to find out more about rowing, or give it a try? Learn all about what rowing has to offer here.


Whether you’re looking to keep fit, meet people or just escape onto the water, rowing has something for everyone, from age 11 or so up!

Try it

The easiest way to get started in rowing is to try it. Just look for a a Learn to Row course at a club near you. Most clubs run these in the spring and summer.

Trying rowing for the first time is easy for everyone.

Learn to Row courses are aimed at complete beginners. You don’t need to know anything about rowing or boats to join one, although you should be able to swim 50m in clothing. Learn to Row courses carefully build your skills so that you you’ll soon be able to call yourself a rower!

Find your nearest rowing club and get yourself out on the water.

If you prefer rowing on dry land, check out our Indoor Rowing section where you will find top tips to help you get started.

If, for any reason, you are having any difficulties signing up to a course near you, please email for more advice.

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