Learn to Row

Come and learn to row on the river at Stratford-upon-Avon.  These beginners’ courses are suitable for adults of all ability levels. There are 10 sessions for each course. Some of these may be indoors, learning technique on the indoor rowing machines, but most sessions (subject to safe river and weather conditions) will be on the water, leaning to row in a variety of different types of boats.   Our club boathouse is on the riverside in the middle of Stratford-upon-Avon, opposite the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre.

Sorry, these courses are only open to adults. To meet the British Rowing adult category you must be beyond the academic year in which turned 18.

Cost £170.  £30 non- refundable deposit in advance, in order to secure your place.  The balance of £140 is due at the start of your first session.  The courses run:

Tuesday mornings 9:30am – 11:00am

(arrive in good time to warm up on the rowing machines)

Session dates:  Tuesday May 9th, 16th,23rd, (no session 30th May) June 6th, 13th, 20th,27th, July 4th, 11th, 18th.

Sunday mornings 11:30am – 13:00am (warm up starts 11.30, expect to run beyond 13.00) 

*Sorry our Sunday courses are now full*

Session dates: Sunday April 23rd, (no session April 30th) May 7th, Saturday May 13th, Sunday 21st  May, (no session 28th May) June 4th, 11th, 25th, July 9th, 16th 23rd (note one Saturday).

Your course includes British Rowing Membership

Part of your course fee is used to take out British Rowing Membership (silver level) on your behalf. Your membership will be valid for 12 months and full details of membership benefits can be found on the British Rowing website www.britishrowing.org

The cost of the course covers all the equipment and facilities you need (training boats, stable boats, indoor training facilities, rowing machines, safety equipment) as well as coaching.  You will need to wear close fitting sports clothing, layered to meet the outdoor conditions, and trainers.  Clothing guidelines will be sent out with joining instructions.

If you wish to book a place on one of the courses:

Download the application form via link below, or email celia.price@justchecking.co.uk for the form.

On completion of the course

These courses are an introduction to the sport only and do not guarantee membership of the club.  Once you’ve completed the course, we’ll discuss what the club has to offer that would be suitable for you. You can expect to take part in a novice group for at least 6-12 months, and there are opportunities to take part in fun regattas and events.   We try to maintain a balanced membership of Juniors, Seniors and Masters members as well as recreational groups.

Course details – to download

Application form – to download

 Email celia.price@justchecking.co.uk if you would like to receive details of our later course, which will be in September.

Individual private lessons (18+ only)

One-to-one lessons are available on weekday mornings and weekends after 12noon. Lessons are with a qualified British Rowing coach and cost £50 per 1.5 hour session. When you have grasped the skills needed, you will be able to scull with one of our daytime groups. If you would like to buy a rowing experience for a loved one, we offer gift vouchers, valid for one year,  for any number of lessons.
Please send an suabcadmin@sky.com to say whether you would prefer a weekday or weekend lesson and we will put you in touch with a coach.
Returning to rowing and want to join a casual crew? Consider weekday rowing or other ways to join SuABC.