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.  Come and try a Taster (adults only) or a Learn to Row courses for both under 18s and adults,  The Taster events give you the opportunity to ‘give it a go’ in a stable boat with full tuition.  We run adult taster days and Learn2Row courses through the Spring and Summer.

 Our Learn2Row course last 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 two weeks
  • followed by weekly coached sessions on Sunday mornings for three months
  • full Club membership, including access to gym, rowing machines, and British Rowing membership and insurance.

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

How do I start? Can I have a Taster?

We recommend everyone does a taster first to ‘try it out’.   These take about two hours: if you enjoy your taster, you can apply to join a Learn2Row courses.  Our next tasters will be held on Thursday 10 August at 6pm and on Saturday 12th August  from 10h00-16h00 .  Each taster session takes about 2 hours and they will run through the day.  The cost of the taster session is  £10

When are Learn-to-row courses for 2017?

The next Learn2Row (L2R) course will follow the taster.  This particular course will focus on athletes who may want to progress to competition and racing quickly.  If you think you may prefer to row recreationally, we would recommend you join our Spring 2018 programmes.

Numbers on the course will be restricted to 10 participants and the cost will be £200.   This includes full membership of Norwich Rowing Club for three months and British Rowing, use of all the facilities, boats, equipment, coaching etc.  We want everyone to enjoy our sport and a limited number of bursaries are available to fund or part-fund applicants who are unable to meet the costs of the course.

Provisional dates for the initial intensive tuition are Saturday 9 September (2 to 5), Sunday 10 September (10 to 1), Monday 11 Sept (5 to 7) Saturday 16th Sept (2 to 5), Sunday 17 Sept (10 to 1), Monday 18th (5 to 7) , Sunday 24 Sept (10 to 1)

How do I join? Where can I get more detail?

Attendance on the rowing taster sessions will be on a first-come first-served basis. All applications for the taster and L2R sessions should be e-mailed to 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.

Life changing


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.