Learn To Row at NRC

Learn To Row at NRC


“Life changing” – a recent Learn2Row athlete at Norwich Rowing Club

Have you ever thought you might like to try rowing? A sport which can offer fitness, fun, competition, and something new for all ages and abilities. Rowing is a full-body fitness, low impact, outdoors sport. It will challenge you physically and mentally, and is enormously rewarding. It is the ultimate team sport: to experience a boat moving with power, balance, rhythm, and harmony is a wonderful thing!  Here’s some more reasons why we think Rowing is the best sport click here

Our Learn2Row course lasts for three months, starting off in the first few weeks with intensive and frequent sessions:learning is fast!  The course includes:

  • 20 hours of intensive tuition over the first three weeks
  • followed by weekly coached sessions on Sunday mornings for three months
  • options for additional sessions at other times
  • full Club membership for three months, including access to coaching, boats, gym, and rowing machines
  • British Rowing membership and insurance (12 months)

By the end of the three month course, you should be ready to row with the club competition or recreational squads. Within a few months, you will be racing – if that is your goal…

How do I start? Can I have a Taster?

We expect everyone has a taster first to ‘try it out’.   These take about two hours: if you enjoy your taster, you can apply to join a Learn2Row course.  Our next (and last for 2018) tasters will be on Sunday 1 July from 11am.  That will be followed by a Learntorow course starting on Saturday 7 July, and continuing for three months. To apply for a place on the taster please complete and return this form.  To register interest in future (2019) events please email learnnrc@gmail.com

Comments from recent Learn to Row courses

  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and find the combination of being out on the river, getting some exercise and learning a new skill very rewarding. I have surprised myself how addicted I have become to the sport in only a short space of time.
  • Really had an amazing time on the course and look forward to further coaching and improvement.


Do I need special equipment/clothing?  No, all equipment is provided. Normal sports kit is recommended and official club kit can be purchased if you wish. Wellies are essential, and loose baggy clothing is not permitted for safety reasons.

Do I need to be very strong and fit?  No, we believe you should learn to row well before you are asked to row hard, so the course is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, regardless of age. Advice about improving your fitness and land training will be readily available.

Can I learn to steer and cox a boat? Yes, as part of the Learn2Row course, everyone has a go at coxing. However, we run a separate course for those who feel they may prefer to cox. See the Coxing at Norwich page.

What happens after the three month course?  Experience shows that rowing a couple of times a week for three months is the best way to understand the sport, learn to row and decide whether you want to carry on – most people do! Then you will be able to join our Development Squad and continue to improve your skills. Most people race quite soon after that.

What does the course cost? The three month program costs £200. This includes full club membership for that period: on average it works out less than £2 an hour.  The Club is determined that people can access the sport regardless of circumstances and so bursaries may be available to assist with costs.


Junior Learn2row courses are usually run if there is space for new members in our popular junior section (11 to 18 years)!  Courses give a full introduction to the sport and to our great team atmosphere, emphasising safety, skills and technique. They are run for three days over a school holiday (such as Easter, summer or October half term).  After the course, you have the opportunity to join our junior squads and to row competitively or socially depending on what commitment you wish to give.

If you wish to join the waiting list, please ask your parent or guardian to contact the NRC Juniors Co-ordinator, David, via email at NRC Juniors

Returning to Rowing?

If you have rowed before and want to give it another go, then please contact any of the club officials and we will get you started according to your needs.