Learn to Row

Junior Learn to Row course

If your child (from 12 to 17) is interested in learning to row please complete the Expression of Interest Form accessed via the link at the bottom of this page We usually run Junior Learn to Row courses in the summer holidays

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

The club has volunteer coaches who will teach your child to row; all our Junior Coaches are DBS checked.  If you have any rowing experience yourself, your assistance would be appreciated; all parents are asked to support their children, this may include carrying boats (if you are able) or helping in other ways that we will explain during the course that will lead to you feeling  more involved.

Adult Learn to Row course

If you would like to join any of our Adult learn to row courses please complete the Expression of interest form below. We will then contact you shortly before the next Learn to Row course and give you the opportunity to sign up for the course. We usually run an adult  Learn to Row course each Spring and Autumn.

Have you been inspired by the British rowers in the Olympics?  One of our own ex-juniors is there.  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 courses are for you!

The Adult Learn to Row course runs for 8 weeks on Saturday and Sunday mornings 11:00 to 13:00/13:30 (except the first two weekends when the sessions may run to 2pm).   Courses generally run in the Spring and  Autumn.

The next adult Learn to Row course starts on 27th April 2024 and runs for 8 weeks. For more information contact Secretary@broxbournerowingclub.org

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

General Information
We offer Introduction to Rowing courses for all from 12 upwards – no upper age limit 🙂 if you are interested in learning to row then please complete the Expression of Interest Form below. We will inform you how to book on our next course when the details are available.

Rowers, must be able to swim and should be confident that they will not panic if they fall in! 

There is a maximum number of places on each course, once this is reached we will not be able to accept anyone else.

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.

If after reading the below you have further questions please email secretary@broxbournerowingclub.org all welcome.

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 techniques 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 aims to 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.


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


Learn to Row Course further Info
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.

Our Recreational Squad have the opportunity to spend between two and eight hours on the water 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! They must be agile enough to get in and out of a small boat.

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.  If you do decide rowing is for you and want more details on appropriate clothing, please ask a coach and read what to wear


Expression of interest form for  Learn to Row 

DATA PROTECTION: By completing this form you confirm that you understand and agree that the information that you submit on this form will be held securely on a computer and will be used to invite you to future Learn to Row courses and for the efficient running of the Club by its officials. For further information see the Club’s Privacy Notice on its website