Learn to row

Have you been inspired by the British rowers in the Olympics? Dreamed of rowing the Oxford/Cambridge boat race course or the world-famous Henley-on-Thames?  Want to challenge your fitness in a new sport, meet and train with like-minded people and make new friends?  Then our Learn to row course is for you!

Adult Learn to Row course – starts 30 & 31 March

The adult learn to row course will run for 8 weeks (excluding 20/ 21 April Easter) running until end of May.  If you can attend both Saturday and Sunday you will learn quicker.  Please arrive for 10:00, the session will run until about 12:00 (except the first two weekends which run longer until 1pm).

The cost of the course is £130, or £85 if you are aged 18 – 24 you can book onto the course by making payment via bank transfer direct to the club (Broxbourne Rowing Club sort code 20-20-37 account no. 00234095) please include L2R and your name as reference, once you have paid please fill in our online membership application form, using the below link and please select “Introduction / learn to row course” for the category at the top and for membership category and squad in the form.


There is a maximum number of places on the course, once this is reached we will not be able to accept anyone else and the website will be updated, if you are not able to get on this course or make these dates you can complete the expression of Interest form below and you will be added to our waitlist and notified of our next course.

The course is aimed at men and women who are looking for a new challenge and want to learn to row. If you have played other competitive sports or regularly attend a gym and want to test yourself in a team environment, then rowing is the sport for you. Or if you’re new to sport and fitness and want to learn a new skill in a friendly and supportive environment, then come along.

The course is an introduction, we will teach you the core rowing and sculling technique while working on your rowing fitness. Sessions will take place on the land and river, and you will always be supervised by a coach who will lead the sessions. The course is an introduction and will hopefully whet your appetite to continue learning to row. There is no obligation to continue or sign-up as a member after the course but we hope you will have enjoyed your time enough that you are interested in joining one of our squads to develop your rowing further.

General Information

We offer Introduction to Rowing courses for both adults and juniors (under 18s), if you are interested in learning to row then please complete and send us your details in the below form, to be added to our wait list and be informed about our next courses (when the details are available, they will also be posted on this website).

If you have rowed before please email secretary@broxbournerowingclub.org. 

First name:

Last name:

Email (parent's email for juniors):

Telephone number:

Date of birth*:

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I am interested in learning to row please let me know about your courses

Junior Learn to Row course – no dates available yet

The course will be for both girls and boys aged 12 to 17.  If you are interested please complete the  expression of interest form at the top of the page and we will add you to our wait list.

Rowing is a water sport and you/ your child must be able to swim and should be confident that you will not panic if you fall in.  Please wear warm but flexible clothes e.g. tracksuit, shorts and t-shirt, waterproof top depending on the weather.

Please also read the below additional information about rowing and our beginners course.

The first day we will show you around the club, get you to practice in the gym, bank tub and if possible take you for a short outing in a boat.

The club does have volunteer coaches that will teach your child to row if you have any rowing experience yourself your assistance would be appreciated and all parents are asked to support their children, this may include carrying boats (if you are able) or helping in other ways we will explain all this during the course and will hopefully make you feel more involved.

If you have further questions please email secretary@broxbournerowingclub.org all welcome.

Learn to Row Course further details

If you want to experience the exhilaration of rowing, join our next Learn to Row course we have separate courses for those 18 and over (adult) and those between 12 and 17 (junior).

Rowing requires practice. To get the most out the sport, you will need to be able to be on the water twice a week, be willing to achieve a reasonable level of fitness and be keen to improve.

The thrill comes from improving with your crew mates, rowing more and more efficiently and progressing to a standard where you can race for the club against other crews or go on rowing tours with confidence. After 100 hours of rowing we would expect you to be capable of going on weekend rowing tours or taking part in club events. After 200 hours you should be ready to join a novice racing crew and compete against other clubs at fantastic events such as the Head of the River Race – over the Boat Race course on the Thames – or side by side regatta racing at lakes like Peterborough.

Recreational rowers normally spend a couple of hours in boats each week. Our more competitive rowers are on the water three or four times a week and do additional fitness, circuit and strength training in the gym.

Rowers, like windsurfers or kayakers, must be able to swim and should be confident that they will not panic if they fall in! And they must be agile enough to get in and out of a small boat.

If you are keen to take up the sport, please join our next learn to row course.

The club’s car park is sometimes full on Saturdays so you may have to use the car park across the river (a 2 minute walk), please do not park in the roads just outside the club, this tends to upset our neighbours.

You do not need special clothes to row, you will need layers that will keep you warm depending on the weather. Please wear clothes that allow the full range of movement and are reasonably fitted (baggy clothes are not ideal they get caught) e.g. leggings, tracksuit, fitted t-shirt and long sleeve shirts, fleece, waterproof jacket, peaked hats, sunglasses and a bottle of water are a good idea.  You do not need special clothes to start rowing, but if you do decide rowing is for you and want more details please ask a coach and read what to wear

The club is on Old Nazeing Road, near to The Crown pub. The post code is EN10 6QU.