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About the course

Bewdley Rowing Club offers a number of learn to row courses throughout the year, running in spring, summer and autumn. These are weekend courses, consisting of one three-hour session on the Saturday afternoon and another three-hour session on the Sunday afternoon where you learn the British Rowing basics of how to row. These courses are open to anyone over 16 years old, coaching is provided by British Rowing level 2 certified coaches and competent experienced rowers.

We have stable boats for you to learn in, these boats are designed so even the nervous ones will feel safe and comfortable. As part of the course requirements you take part in a swim test and also a capsize drill in a local swimming pool, this is to make sure you are competent in water and also teaches you how to cope safely in a capsize situation. The course is designed for complete beginners so no experience is required, it is specifically to learn how to row but also to have fun whilst doing so. Trying a sport for the first time can be daunting so we try to make it an enjoyable learning experience.

Before you take to the water you will be taken through correct technique in the gym, you will learn how to use a rowing machine properly. This will help when you transfer into the boat.

How to Book

To book onto a course please fill out the membership form, if you have any questions send us an email


Taster Days

As well as the Learn to Row Courses we also run an additional Taster Days throughout the year for you to come and have ago in a boat and see what rowing is about before you sign up to one of the courses.

Taster Day:

  • 9th June 2pm-5pm

Come along and have a go at rowing Just turn up on the day and enjoy a short rowing session at any point between 2pm-5pm (16+).

Course Dates

The courses this year are running on:

  • 6th April and 7th April
  • 22nd June and 23rd June
  • 31st August and 1st September

Junior Learn to Row

We also run junior learn to row courses for children aged 13 to 16 years old. This is done in the same format and using the same boats as the adult learn to row course. The difference being, juniors only learn sculling (one oar in each hand) whereas adults can learn both sculling and sweep oar (both hands on one oar) rowing. Please contact us for Junior Learn to Row dates - generally run over half term and summer holidays.

What you get

There are many benefits for taking part in a Learn To Row Course:

  • Learn how to use an indoor rowing machine (ergo) properly
  • Learn boatmanship
  • Learn how to row on the water using stable boats
  • Temporary club membership and access to facilities
  • British Rowing Row membership for one year, complete with Rowing and Regatta Magazine
  • With British Rowing membership comes many discounts for shops and attractions
  • Enjoy the social side of Bewdley Rowing Club and get fit!

What's Next

After Learn to Row you can then progress into the Improvers squads where you will receive on-going training. Beyond this there are many opportunities for you within Bewdley Rowing Club; full racing membership, recreational membership, gym only membership or just social membership - where there is a whole heap of other things to get involved with.