Have you ever watched the Boat Race or the Olympics and thought you might like to give rowing a try? Do you want to try something new or simply just want to get fit and enjoy the outdoors?
Rowing is the ultimate team sport and a fun way to meet new people and get in shape. People of all ages, sizes and backgrounds can learn to row. Due to the nature of the sport the only prerequisite will be that you are able to swim a minimum of 50m in light clothing.
The Isle of Ely Rowing Club is the ideal place to learn to row with a beautiful stretch of uninterrupted water. You will also be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome. During the year we typically run learn to row courses in the Spring and Summer.
Our courses focus on sculling (2 blades) and the club owns a number of stable boats specifically designed for beginners. When you complete the course and join the club there will be opportunities to try sweep rowing (one blade each).
To learn more about rowing visit the British Rowing Website.
About the Learn to Row course
The Adult learn to row course consists of 10 sessions(each approximately 1.5 hours long) and includes:
- a technical land session based on rowing machines
- a capsize drill in a local swimming pool
- a workshop dedicated to coxing and steering.
During the course you will learn:
- what clothing is appropriate and how to safely enjoy rowing
- the various parts of the boat and how to adjust the boat to suit your body
- rowing technique and how to perform basic skills so that you are able to propel and steer the boat efficiently;
The cost of the Adult course is £130. This fee includes membership of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club for the duration of the course, Silver membership of British Rowing and £25 off the normal club subscription if you chose to become full member.
What happens after the course?
After the course, there will be the opportunity to join the club and further develop your rowing skills.
Many graduates of our learn to row courses have gone on to row in senior crews and compete in races. You can find out more about our squads in the membership section. You don't have to compete to enjoy rowing. We have many members who never compete, but just love to row and get out onto the water. What ever your aspirations there is something for everyone.