Junior LEARN to ROW 2020 courses
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th.

We are pleased to announce the dates of our Summer 2020, KRC Junior 'Learn To Row' courses which are subject to social distancing recommendations by the government:

These are stand-alone one week school holiday courses running Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 16.00 pm each day and covering all the basics of rowing including:   

  • Introduction to the Boathouse

  • Introduction to the rowing stroke on the indoor rowing machine or "ergo"

  • Introduction to the equipment used - parts of the boat and oars

  • How to get into and out of the boat

  • Water safety / confidence drills / capsize drill

  • Building rowing strokes in the boat on the water

  • Rowing in time together as a whole crew

  • Fine tuning blade work, power application, balance and teamwork

These courses are aimed at those with no previous rowing experience and are open to juniors over the age of 11 who are able to swim...

Adult LEARN to ROW

We are keen to teach every adult who is interested in rowing at Kingston. We welcome all ages, male and female, and all levels of interest, from serious athletes who wish to row competitively, to those who simply want to enjoy the pleasures of rowing along our beautiful stretch of the river.  

Our courses normally start in April and run through to October. Currently they are suspended following the Coronavirus pandemic and we will only resume them when it is safe to do so. The wider sport of rowing is now (June 9th 2020) involved in a cautious staged return to the water.

As a result of the current guidance on social distancing we expected that this summer's courses will focus on learning in a single scull. You’ll receive a mixture of land and water based coaching sessions from a dedicated coach.  At the end of these sessions, our aim is that you will be fully capable of sculling to the standard required to progress to our Explorers group. Following successful completion of the course, we would be delighted to discuss with you the options for joining one of the various rowing groups and squads within the club so that you can continue to enjoy the sport and develop your skills further. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate everyone who wishes to join the club, but we will try.


The fee for this course of two land-based sessions and six 2-hour water sessions is £295, which also includes temporary membership of our gym.

Here’s what a couple of recent students said about the course:

‘It helps me to escape the stresses and strains of life and keeps me fit’

‘For me a gentle paddle is all I need. Fresh air, fun and new friends, what’s not to like?’

‘It’s been hard at times but it’s also been great fun and I’ve met a great bunch of people’

‘Forget doing crosswords, yoga and dog walking to keep Alzheimers at bay, learning to row will do it all for you’

To get people safely on the water as we come out of lockdown, the club has invested in a training sculling boat and two sets of pontoons for giving some additional stability to singles. The Improvers/Explorers tested them today and they performed well. They will help people new to sculling to obtain 'bronze' in the new KRC Sculling Competence scheme.

Please register your interest here