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Learn to row - Adult (18 and over)
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Trainees out for first ever water outing (and looking good) on 16 June 2019

Learn to Row courses

This year a course will consist one session a week over six weeks, either on a Wednesday evening or a Sunday late morning / early afternoon. The full dates are:

Wed 30 Jun – Wed 4 Aug incl 6.00-8.30pm - Full            
Sun 4 Jul – Sun 8 Aug incl 11.00am-1.30pm
Wed 11 Aug – Wed 15 Sep incl  6.00-8.30pm
Sun 15 Aug – Sun 19 Sep incl 11.00am-1.30pm

Each session will be about two hours long, maybe a bit longer if you are enjoying yourselves. Once you are on a course you will have to stick pretty well to the chosen day, Wednesday or Sunday, though we can usually cope with the odd switch of days if you cannot make your normal day one week. If you have already been in touch with us we will get back to you as soon as it's fixed.

The cost will be £100 for a six week course, to include a rowing handbook and free membership of the club up to the end of October, when those who want to carry on rowing will regroup. You get temporary membership whilst on the course for insurance purposes.

There will be a reduced fee of £80 for the unwaged. There are no hidden charges, e.g. for equipment hire, these are all-in prices. We normally only take those 18 and over on adult courses, but ask us if close but not quite there. No upper age limit!

Daytime community rowing - Wednesday mornings

If you are free during the day on a Wednesday from 9.30-12.00 our less formal daytime rowing sessions could be for you. It is currently £5.00 a session or you can take out monthly off-peak membership by standing order for £16.

If you are interested in the Wednesday morning sessons, then please email Colin Percy at We can usually take both beginners and experienced rowers at any time, but please check first as to when you should come down.

This page last updated on 24-06-21.

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Learn to Row 2019 archive
Course Info
As issued 17 May 2019

Some aspects will be different in 2021

We are located at Newburn, west of Newcastle at NE15 8NL.  From the north, head for Newburn Bridge, but turn sharp right just before the bridge, go past the Boat House PH, then another sharp right and up and left into our car park. You can also park on the river side of the club house, but not directly in front of the buildings. See
Days, dates and timings
The learn to row courses run for one session a week for eight weeks (you choose one or the other):
Wednesdays                   18:00-20:30
Sundays                          11:00-13:30
For those who intend carrying on rowing with the club, there will be a swim test and capsize drill, usually early afternoon on a Sunday in early September. There will be a small further charge. You don’t need to be able to swim to row, but we would need to discuss this with you at the first session.
What to wear
The general advice for rowing is that clothing should be light, relatively close-fitting but flexible. Some warm and waterproof layers are also advisable in your kit bag! An absolute must - no hoodies or jackets with unzipped side pockets - thumbs get caught. Please bring wellies or sandals or shoes that can get wet as you will need to get your feet in the river on the steps putting boats into the water. Things may get wet or a bit dirty, so nothing expensive.  Always bring a change of clothes and towel.
Course outline
In week 1 we will have an introduction to the club and to rowing, including a safety video and a tour. You will get a L2R handbook as well.  We will then give you some coaching on basic technique on the rowing machines, followed by a taste of ‘core’ exercises and stretching. In weeks 2-8 there will be a warm up on the machines and we then get on the water asap, subject to weather.  We start with sculling (two oars each) in stable boats for four rowers and then progress, hopefully, to sweep in eights (one oar each, like the Boat Races). We normally take about 12 people on each course.
Booking and charge
Bookings open on xx and is by email to me. The course costs £100 all-in and we require that payment reaches us by a week before your course starts to guarantee your place (unless agreed otherwise) - send a cheque payable to Tyne Amateur Rowing Club to me at 10 Stephenson Terrace, Wylam, NE41 8DZ, or do an online transfer to us at Barclays Bank, acct no 00000345, sort code 20-59-59, ref SURNAME_L2R (and email me to say you have done it, please). Can’t take cards, sorry.
What happens after the courses
We’ll explain more as we go along, but we obviously hope you will carry on rowing with us after your course finishes.  We’ll use early August to top up sessions for anyone who has missed days due to hols, etc. You will then start to form our new Development Squad through late August into September, with full membership of the club starting on 1 October. In previous years the Squad has carried on training in the course slots of Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, but TBC.
Course coordinator: Colin Percy        Email:
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