Learn To Row

Enrol or register your interest.

The goal of the Learn to Row program is to introduce rowing and offer the opportunity for a wide range of community members to participate in the sport.

Numbers are limited for our Learn to Row program – especially for Junior rowers – we ask interested applicants to Contact us first before completing the enrolment form. Please note that Juniors must comply with the age restrictions set out below to be considered for the program.

Dates of the next Learn to Row courses in 2020

Course 1 – February: 8-9, 22-23, 29, March: 1, 7, 14
Course 2 – May: 9-10, 17, 24, 30, 31, June: 6-7
Course 3 – August: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
Course 4 – October: 24-25, 31, November: 1, 7-8, 14-15

Adults $400 (including GST)

What can I expect?

The program consists of an orientation session which includes information dissemination and a land-based rowing lesson, followed by 7 on-water sessions.

The land-based session includes coaching on rowing simulators (ergometers), an introduction to boat handling and rowing terminology. The land-based session is compulsory – if you miss this session, you will not be able to continue with the program.

The next sessions are on water and are designed to give all participants a basic understanding of crew rowing.

All participants will learn sculling initially. Adults may learn sweep oar towards the end of the program in preparation for joining the club and being able to row more boats. Juniors will only learn sculling.

What happens after I’ve completed the Learn to Row program?

Upon successful completion of the Learn to Row program participants can submit a membership application to the club and all applications will be reviewed by the Club Captain.

Accepted Juniors will join the Junior Development Program. There are varying levels of commitment and training.  More information can be provided upon request.  Adults will initially row socially in the recreational program (Saturday and Sunday mornings) until skills develop sufficiently to train in a competition stream.

Competitive rowing requires serious commitment to the early morning weekday training and selection for competition.

Who can participate?

As rowing is a demanding sport – both physically and mentally – it is necessary to place entry restrictions on participants. All applicants must be healthy and fit as well as being able to swim a minimum of 50m unassisted.

The minimum age for a junior rower application is 14 years.


While we endeavour to accept all applicants into the Learn to Row program, the Club reserves the right to refuse entry if, for example, participation in the program may have adverse health repercussions for the applicant.