We're keen to teach everyone who's interested in rowing at Kingston. We welcome all ages, genders, and levels of interest - from serious athletes who wish to row competitively, to those who want to enjoy the pleasures of rowing along our beautiful stretch of the river Thames.
It helps me to escape the stresses and strains of life and keeps me fit
What To Expect
These courses are aimed at those with no previous rowing experience. We will cover 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
Upcoming Courses - next courses 2024
The learn to row course is a fun way to gain basic rowing skills and is open to those aged 11-18 years old. All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 50m competently.
Attending a learn to row course does not guarantee entry to the junior squad. Coaches may offer membership to those that meet their selection criteria. Whilst athletes aged 11 to 13 can attend the course, the age for entry to the club has changed. Athletes wishing to go on and join the junior squad must be Year 9 or above at secondary school. We will not be able to make any exceptions to this rule.
All of our coaches are CRB checked and British Rowing qualified.
The total cost for the course in 2024 is TBA
|Start Date||End Date||Start Time||End Time|
|July 24th||July 28th||13:00||16:30||Completed|
|July 31st||August 4th||08:30||12:00||Completed|
|July 31st||August 4th||13:00||16:30||Completed|
|August 14th||August 18th||08:30||12:00||Completed|
|August 14th||August 18th||13:00||16:30||Completed|
|August 21st||August 25th||08:30||12:00||Completed|
|August 21st||August 25th||13:00||16:30||Completed|
|August 28th||Sept 1st||08:30||12:00||Completed|
|August 28th||Sept 1st||13:00||16:30||Completed|
Please note: Upon completion of the course there is no automatic progression to the Junior Squad at KRC, but we do try to accommodate athletes where possible.
If you are interested in attending, please e-mail [email protected] with the following information:
- Junior's name
- Date of birth and age
- Current school
- Course date that they would like to attend (AM/PM)
Young Adults (18-30) - New Courses dates for 2024 to be confirmed
If you're looking for a new challenge, then this sport is for you. Rowing is the ultimate team sport where you train and race as a crew member whilst making friends for life. This course will work on your fitness and teach you the core rowing technique. Sessions will take place both on land and the river.
The courses run during the Summer and will prepare you to hit the ground running at the start of the main rowing season in September. We'll give you the skills and fitness to row competitively, with the aim to move you into our intermediate and senior squads in your second season. There's no obligation to sign up as a member after this course, but we hope you'll have enjoyed your time with us that you'll be keen to join our beginners squad in September.
You will need to be able to swim competently - at least 50m in light clothing.
For any queries, please contact us.
Adults (18+) 2024 dates to be confirmed
Our courses for adults are aimed at people who want to try rowing, or who may have rowed some years ago and want to refresh their skills. These courses are perfect for anyone over the age of 18 and of any ability level.
After the course has finished, if you've been bitten by the rowing bug we'll discuss your aspirations with you and get you into the right squad - whether that be recreational rowing or aiming to get into a senior squad.
|Start Date||End Date||Start Time||End Time||Places Available|
|Monday 4th Sept 2023||Friday 8th Sept||09:00||12:00||Completed|
|Monday 4th Sept 2023||Friday 8th Sept||13:00||16:00||Completed|
If you would like to be added to the database to receive course dates for 2024 please complete an application form, indicating this fact.
Courses are offered either as half day sessions, Monday to Friday inclusive, or as 2 hour sessions run over 8 consecutive Sunday afternoons. You will need to be able to swim a minimum of 50m in light clothing and have no medical conditions that would make it unsafe for you to row.
The total cost for a course in 2024 is £TBA
The Club is close to capacity in terms of rowers, therefore participants will not necessarily be offered membership at the end of the course. Membership to Competitive or Recreational squads may be offered to those participants that demonstrate attributes such as good technique, positive attitude, good levels of fitness and ability to respond to coaching points.
To apply for the course or to be placed on the waiting list, please fill out this form.
For any queries, please contact us.
Cancellation Policy - Please note, we do not offer refunds. However, if you give at least 14 days notice of your need to cancel, we may credit your payment toward another course. If you cancel your place within 14 days of the course start date you will lose any payments you have already made.
"I have truly enjoyed the course and cannot explain how beneficial it has been to break the crazy work routine I am usually in. Everybody, both Coaches and Learners, were lovely and for 2 hours a week I didn't think of anything but enjoying and learning" KP
"From beginning to end we were very professionally coached 'from zero to hero' resulting in a huge sense of self and group accomplishment. Crystal clear instruction from highly personable coaches saw confidence levels soaring in just a few days. Layer on top of that some excellent banter and a liberal dose of competitive spirit and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic week's learning. In short, you exceeded all expectations to create something rather special during these unusual times." JG
"The Learn to Row course exceeded all my expectations. Despite my initial fears as a novice the highly experienced coaches created a safe and supportive environment and encouraging atmosphere, providing excellent guidance that helped boost my confidence quickly. Very friendly people and an incredibly fun experience that I would highly recommend to anyone seeking both adventure and personal growth." DS