The next L2R course is due to start on 

Monday 16th April - Spaces Available


Learn To Row 

Have you seen the rowing at the Olympics or the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race on the TV?

Have you thought that there is no way that you can do that kind of thing – that rowing is for really fit and tall people.....?

Well think again.... Rowing is an activity for everyone – for people who want to go out and race and win and for those who want to simply mess around on the river. It doesn't matter what your age is – you’re never too old or young to learn to row. Each course is limited - so put your name down now. 

 SPRING 2018 Learn to Row Course  


Limited to 12 people, on a first come first served basis. 


5 (2.5hr) sessions plus capsize drill and mini fun races

  • Safety briefing
  • Mini Races
  • Opportunity to try out different boats and types of rowing
  • British Rowing Explore Rowing Course handbook
  • British Rowing membership for 3 months once joined the club.
  • British Rowing trained coaches.

Ideally we would like you to attend all 5 sessions and the races to make the most out of your time with us.

There are various follow-on options from the course if you decide you would like to join the club and take up rowing, coxing or even volunteering. 

How to join :

1. Check you are eligible

You must be able to to swim 50m in light clothing and in good health. 

2. Check you can do the dates. See below

3. Download this registration form and email to the contact email address on the form. 

4. Send payment of £70 by BACS or Paypal to Devils Elbow Rowing Club. Details on the application form.

5. Receive confirmation of your course booking

6. Attend a minimum of 4 of the 5 sessions

7. Fall in love with rowing, and join the club :-)

We look forward to hearing from you!

Learn to Row Dates 2018 : Spaces Available

Session 1 - Monday 16th April 2018 6.30pm - 9pm

Introduction, tour round the club, water safety video, ergo technique, how to get in a boat, how to hold a blade on land, basic rowing technique

Session 2 (Swim Test & Capsize Drill) - TBC
Session 3 - Monday 23rd April 2018 6.30pm - 9pm
Session 4 - Monday 30th April 2017 6.30pm - 9pm
Session 5 - Monday 7th May 2017 6.30pm - 9pm
Session 6 - Monday 14th May 2018 6.30pm - 9pm
Session 7 - Mini Races - Saturday 19th May 2018 10:30am-1pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does the course cost?

A: The fee for the course is £70. This includes an Explore Rowing Handbook, Temporary Club Membership, 3 month membership to British Rowing with all the associated benefits, coaching and training from Qualified British Rowing coaches. 

Q: Do I need to be able to attend every session? 

A: No, although the more you can attend the better to ensure you are progressing at the same pace as everyone else on the course.


Q: When do I pay the course fee?

A: To guarantee your place on the course you will need to pay the fee when you sign up, either by sending a cheque payable to "Devil's Elbow Rowing Club" or via BACS using the Bank details on the application form.

Q: Do I need to sign anything?

A: Yes, you will need to fill in a temporary membership form before you can start the course. We do need to have these in advance, either by email or post. 

Q: How long will the sessions last?

A: The water session will typically last about 2.5 hours. This includes the time to get the boat on and off the water.  

Q: What do I need to wear for the first session? 

A: The first session will be an introduction to the club, some safety issues and some technique work on the ergos (rowing machines).  For this session you will be fine with typical gym clothing. We will cover water based clothing during this first session.


Q: Will we be out in boats every session?

A: This depends on weather, the time of year and availability of volunteers.  During the summer months we will always try and get everyone out on the water for each session.  

Q: Do I need to be able to swim to attend the course?

A: It is a requirement for the course that you can swim 50 metres in light clothing, swim 5m underwater and tread water for 2 minutes. Buoyancy aids are available for anyone who is not a confident swimmer, but these can interfere with rowing technique and you are strongly advised to be a confident swimmer before starting the course.  Coxes wear a buoyancy aid at all times regardless of swimming ability. This will be tested at the mandatory Swim Test and Capsize drill in a local swimming pool. 

Q: Do I need to be super fit to do the course?

A: Not at all, anyone is welcome to join regardless of fitness levels.  Like many sports if you wish to compete then rowing does take a lot of commitment, but we welcome recreational rowers.  


Q: Am I going to fall in?

A: Although we can't 100% guarantee you won't fall in, it's very rare when in the types of boats you will be using.  We will cover all aspects of water health and safety on the course and coaches will be available on the bank should an incident happen.

Q: What if I've done some rowing before?

A: If you have some previous experience of rowing then get in touch and we will assess how best to fit you into the club.

Q: Where can I find out more information about rowing before the course start date? 

A: The best place for information about rowing is the sport's national governing body:



Contact Us

To put your name down for the next Learn to Row Course fill out the details below:

 Learn To Row Courses

Everyone is welcome to join Devil's Elbow Rowing Club including complete beginners. We try to run Adult Learn To Row Courses twice year. However, all the members are volunteers and want to row themselves, so please bear with us if you cannot get on a course straight away. 
If we don't have a course scheduled, or it is full, please use the form opposite to register your interest or to arrange a visit to the club to see what we can offer. 
In some circumstances we will offer a £25 for 4 sessions trial. However this does not include all the benefits of joining the official learn to row course, but does try to cater for those who might not be able to join the course due to other commitments etc.

Next Course
The next course is due to start in April 2018. Spaces are limited to a maximum of 12 due to the availability of boats and safety regulations. To register your interest in the next course or taster session please contact us.

If you would like to try rowing you are welcome to come down to one of our Taster Sessions before joining a course.

Become a Cox: 
If you fancy learning how to cox boats at Devil's Elbow Rowing Club you can contact us at any time. We can arrange for you to get into a boat and enjoy what the world of rowing has to offer without the physical side.  If you prefer, you can join as part of a scheduled Learn to Row course. It's not uncommon to have friends join at the same time, with some interested in rowing whilst others try coxing or come and join in to make new friends and develop a new skill. A good website for reading about what coxing is all about is First and Third Trinity Boat Club

Course Content
The aim of the 5 Session Learn To Row Course is to teach the basics of rowing and sculling, after which you will hopefully want to join the club either as a racing or recreational member.
The course starts with ergo (rowing machine) technique, induction to the clubhouse, showers and changing rooms, boat racks and landing stage. After going through safety matters you will start rowing\sculling in crews of up to 8 members in various boats with an experienced crew member in the boat either coxing or rowing. 
Courses will also include off water training and coaching sessions and end with mini races in the wide stable boats.