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Sunday, 17 April 2016 11:30

Water Safety

Tyne United row on the River Tyne and can row from Wylam in the West right down to Newcastle Quayside, there's lots of water to train on. It's one of the best rowing rivers in the UK and the venue for some major regional and national races. The river Tyne is a dangerous river if not respected, if we treat the river with the level of respect it deserves it is one of the greatest in the world and provides some of the best rowing conditions.

This page provides links to general and River Tyne specific water safety information.

Guidance from Regional Safety Adviser following recent collision

A collision and capsize occurred on the morning of Saturday 23rd April 2016 in the middle of the river between the club steps and the slipway at Newburn sports centre. Boats involved were a fine 4- and a fine 2x. As a result of the incident report submitted to the regional water safety advisor the following points have been raised:

  • Boats should avoid performing a pivot turn in the middle of the river
  • Boats should either take a wide turn or a turn at right angles to the opposite bank and then cross the river allowing sight in both directions of oncoming boats
  • Boats should be extra mindful on outings where there are a lot of boats on the river for the need to keep an effective lookout

Row Safe

Here is a link which has details of British Rowing’s information on row safe. again Tyne United has the welfare of our members and people visiting our site high in our priorities, Jack Wilkinson is our Water Safety Officer, if you have any questions on this link please contact Jack.

Tyne Safety Code

The River Tyne Safety Code was developed jointly by all of the Newburn based clubs. The Code details what you need to know about local conditions on the Tyne and provides guidance to help to keep you safe on the river, including: which side to row on, where our training and beginners areas are and what hazards to look out for and avoid. The Tyne safety Code can be downloaded from this page.

Launch driving

If you are a launch driver please ensure that you have read the British Rowing Launch Driving document that can be downloaded from this page.

Online incident reporting

If you have an incident or witness one please use British Rowing’s online incident reporting – go to This is not about blame or shame: it’s to help the club monitor risks and hazards and if necessary take action to improve safety. If we don’t know what little accidents or near misses are happening to you, we can’t do anything to help.

Monday, 28 March 2016 14:20

Tyne United Rowing Club History

Tyne United was originally founded after the Second World War by the merger of several professional clubs in Gateshead. These clubs were Empire RC, Hawthorn RC, Gateshead and District RC, Walker RC, and Wallsend RC. Tyne United as it was ceased in the 1960’s but from the ashes in 2007 Tyne United Rowing Club was ressurected and is now standing toe to toe with the more established clubs in our region.

The following historical documents can be downloaded from this page:

  • Gateshead Observer: This the front page issue from 7th August 1852 and refers to Talkin Tarn Regatta.
  • Tynemouth Boat House Lease 1872: A lease for the boathouse of Percy Amateur Rowing Club. This is reproduced by the kind permission of the Duke of Northumberland Estates Office.
  • Watercolour, Newburn: A watercolour of Newburn around 1819.
  • Ryton Rowing Club 1900 Lease: A lease and location plan of the boathouse of Ryton Rowing Club. This is reproduced by the kind permission of the Duke of Northumberland Estates Office.
  • Newburn Rowing Club 1880: A lease for the boathouse of Newburn Rowing Club. This is reproduced by the kind permission of the Duke of Northumberland Estates Office.
  • Renforth 1871: “Death At The Oar” – From the New York Harper’s Weekly 9th Sept 1871.
  • River Tyne 1700s: This is probably an admiralty chart from the early 1700s. This is reproduced by the kind permission of the Duke of Northumberland Estates Office.
  • Old Regatta Programmes: Tyne Regatta 1868 | Durham Regatta 1937
Sunday, 27 March 2016 10:54

Tyne United Sculling Camp 2019

2019 Dates

We are happy to announce that we will again be hosting two Masters Sculling camps in 2019. The camp is geared towards those wishing to improve their single sculling.  The course emphasis will be on improvement in skills confidence and racing technique. They will be led by Alex Leigh, who will be assisted by a team of qualified coaches.

The 2019 dates are:

Week1: 15th -18th July 2019

Week 2: 22nd - 25th July 2019

Sunday, 27 March 2016 10:23

Daytime Rowers

Our Aim:

To help participants to develop their skill, knowledge and understanding of the principles of sculling.

For some this will lead to them becoming competitive at local, national and world events, for others increased pleasure in recreational, non-competitive rowing.

We hope that our activity will contribute to increased participation and a higher standard of rowing in the North East region.

Expert Guidance:

Coach: Alex Leigh, Womens’ Coach Newcastle University


We run two session each week and aim to offer an opportunity to scullers at most levels of ability.

Tuesday 8.30am for 9.00am on the water

A session designed for all-comers but you must be willing to train in a single scull when asked to do so. If necessary we can help you to work towards this goal but we cannot accommodate absolute beginners.

Thursday 8.30am for 9.00am on the water

A faster-paced session largely designed for those who are interested in racing.


Open to adult rowers from all clubs within the Northern Region.

Those of us who have been involved for a while have found it to be exacting on the water but also a very sociable experience and great for forging better links between clubs in the region.

New Members:

We are always looking for new people to welcome.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name, club and previous experience.

In order to join the group an individual will need to demonstrate:

a willingness to improve in a single scull

a serious commitment to improving fitness

A bit about us and our background:

Originally the group was established to race eights at national level.

In part due to an increase in eights being fielded by clubs in the region and in part due to the wishes of the group, our focus has shifted to sculling; specifically to improving individual technique.

We work in singles and doubles as far as possible but will also put out quads for training and competition in response to the group members’ interests.

Similarly we will also train and compete in sweep boats should group members show an interest.

Ultimately we believe that individual improvement in singles will feed into success in crew boats, both sculling and sweep.

Some highlights:


British masters Championships

Women’s IM3 D/E 8+ Gold

Henley Masters Regatta

Women’s D 8+  losing finalists

World Masters in Duisburg though sadly without bringing home a medal (but it was a fantastic experience!)


British Masters Championships

Women’s Championship E 4x- Gold

Great Ouse Marathon

Women’s D 4x- Fastest women’s boat


British Masters Championships

Women’s Championship E 4x – Gold

Women’s Championship E 8+ – Gold


British Masters Championships

Men’s Novice E 4x – Gold

Women’s Novice D 2x  Gold

Women’s Novice C 1x  Silver


Sunday, 27 March 2016 09:53

Men's Squad

TURC Mens squad welcomes all adult rowers, the current squad ages range from 33 to 75 and whose aims are equally broad based. We have members who simply enjoy a gentle paddle on the river when the sun shines, through to those who regularly compete and win at local and national rowing events.

Experienced rowers will always find a place in this friendly and developing squad, and new rowers of any age are welcome to join via one of the clubs Learn to Row courses.
Please feel free to contact the Adult Mens Coordinator who will answer any questions and arrange a visit.

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Sunday, 27 March 2016 09:40

Junior Squad

We have a large and thriving group of young athletes across all age ranges and abilities. Our juniors come from all across the North East from as local as Ryton just down the road to all the way up in Morpeth!

Within a matter of years the junior squad at Tyne United has established itself as a highly competitive and successful junior squad in the North East. Our juniors have represented the club and won events at local regattas, regional trials and national events.

At Tyne United, we aim to give our juniors the best possible chance to find their potential, be that finding a fun activity for messing around on the river, getting fit through our indoor rowing training or aiming to compete at national and even international level through our club partnership with Durham University Boat Club.

Through our Junior and Schools Learn to Row courses, we take on new members each year from all secondary school age groups. Anyone wishing to join who can already row can contact the junior coordinator for more information.

If you are a school pupil in Gateshead and want to Learn to Row, there is also the possibility of trying rowing through your school – speak to your PE Department or School Sports Co-ordinator for more information.

For enquiries about Junior Rowing at Tyne United, please contact our junior coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday, 27 March 2016 09:21

Membership Fees

Tyne United membership operates on a monthly standing order system. The Committee understand it isn’t possible for everyone to pay an annual subscription.

As well as offering the best rowing facilities on the Tyne we are also proud to offer the most competitive rates despite having our great facilities including the rowing tank.

The various rates below demonstrate our desire to attract and keep members of all age groups.

  Membership Details Monthly Subscription* Notes
 Full Member Rowing - Age 24 and over on last 1st Sept
Off-Peak Member Rowing £15 Limited to weekdays between 9am and 5pm
Young Person Member Rowing - Age range 19 to 23 on last 1st Sept £18.75  
Student Holiday Member Rowing - Age range 18 and over on last 1st Sept and in Full-Time Higher or Further Education. £9.25 Row at club during academic holidays, must commit to paying continuously, in and out of term time.
Junior Member - 14 to 18 Rowing - Age range 14 to 18 on last 1st Sept £31.75 Includes a mandatory coaching fee of £15.50 a month
Junior Member - Under 14 Rowing - Under 14 last 1st Sept £28.00 Includes a mandatory coaching fee of £15.50 a month
Fitness Member - With Gym Non-Rowing, facilities, gym and cycles £10.00 Access to clubhouse facilities, gym equipment and cycling equipment but do not have access to or use of Club boats, launching facilities or indoor rowing tank.
Fitness Member - Without Gym Non-Rowing, facilities and cycles £4.00 Access to clubhouse facilities and cycling equipment but do not have access to or use of Club boats, launching facilities or indoor rowing tank.
Supporter Member For people subscribing to the Club’s monthly draw who are not already a member of the club in another category. £0.50 The subscription will be incorporated into the price of their first draw ticket each month.

* Each monthly fee comprises 25% membership fee, 75% facility hire fee. The facility hire fee carries VAT at 20%. In the case of junior membership, this split applies to the non-coaching fee element of the charge.

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Sunday, 27 March 2016 07:55

Adult Learn to Row 2019

Come and check us out!

Don't miss out, sign up today.

We can guarantee that;

  • You will find it stupidly rewarding when you get it right 
  • You will start to bore your family and friends about how great it is
  • You will not be able look a stretch of water and not want to row on it
  • Your body shape will change
  • Fitness and flexibility will improve
  • You realise that no one at your local gym knows how to use an ergo (rowing machine) properly
  • You will begin to think that wearing Lycra is completely normal

We run several courses throughout the year so why not sign up and join a bunch of very committed and enthusiastic people who love tea, coffee and cake and embrace whatever the weather throws at them.

How much does it cost?

The cost is £120.00 per person to include all coaching costs there are daytime and evening courses available.  You will need to be able to swim though - health and safety and all that.


Daytime Adult Learn to Row

  • Next course to be confirmed please email with your interest or complete the enquiry form.


Evening Adult Learn to Row

  • 12 March 2019, Tuesday evenings 6.00pm - 8.00pm, runs eight consecutive weeks.  We recommend being able to attend at least six sessions.  Please express interest via our online form stating which evening you prefer.
  • 14 March 2019, Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 8.00pm, runs eight consecutive weeks.  We recommend being able to attend at least six sessions.  Please express interest via our online form stating which evening you prefer.

Once you have completed the Learn to Row course there will be an opportunity to hone your skills within one of our Development programmes.  Upon satisfactory completion of this course you will be invited to join the Club. If you choose to take our Enhanced Development programme you will be, upon completion be integrated into one of our Squads.

Go on give it a go email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to jump in and get paddling.

Sunday, 27 March 2016 07:52

TURC Facilities

Tyne United Rowing Club Facilities

Based on the south side of the Tyne. We have some of the best facilities in the North of England and are very proud that our supporters continue to provide funding that allows us to expand further in tough times.


Our clubhouse was erected in 2009 and has all the mod cons, with onsite cooking facilities our membership often enjoy club supper nights following training. We find that this is a great way of a various squads to catch up and also for the Development Squad integrate with our existing members.


River Tyne, we are located on one of the best rivers in the UK and world. Our club position allows us to row up to the very scenic area of Wylam, regularly seeing Otter’s, King Fishers, Herons and sometimes the seal which just adds to a great row up the Tyne. Otherwise we can head in to the City Centre rowing through the Swing, Railway, Tyne and Millennium bridges, this offers a different satisfaction rowing in between our two beloved cities

Rowing Tank and Gym Facilities

Tyne United installed an indoor rowing tank in 2011. We took the decision that we wanted to allow our members to row regardless of the weather. The tank allows our coaches to work on technique in an environment that matches water conditions regardless if the heavens open. As well as the rowing tank we have a great selection of gym equipment to develop our athletes. We have 24 Concept 2 ergo’s, large weight stacks, Olympic free weights, 2 Concept 2 dynamo’s and a great matting area for core sessions.

Boat Fleet

Tyne United has an impressive fleet of boats and equipment to allow our members to fulfil their utmost potential. In phase 3 of our expansion we are also purchasing new boats, we believe in the evolution of boats and buying the best boats for our performance crews.

Friday, 25 March 2016 22:28

Ponteland Junior Head March 2016

Yesterday 3 crews won at the Ponteland Head and some were a very close 2nd. 5 juniors won medals for coming 1st. The club were 3rd behind Queen Elizabeth High School and Talkin Tarn with Tyne ARC and Cambois in joint 4th place. Further behind were Chester-le-Street, Durham, Tees, Hexham, Lakeland and Gateshead.
Yesterday Sophie and Elysia (WJ14 2x) qualified to represent the NE region in Nottingham next month. Fantastic.  Well done Sophie and Elysia.
On Friday we had 9 rowers at the NE Regional Indoor Rowing Championships where our juniors won a gold medal, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.
On Monday at the Tyne and Wear Indoor Rowing Championships our rowers won 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals and a bronze medal.
In total that's 17 medals in one week. Amazing. Well done everyone.

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