Junior Learn to Row
“Believe me my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
About the Course
Details of the 2023 Junior Learn to Row courses will be released in the new year. The cost of the course, which includes use of the facilities, equipment such as the indoor rowing tank and the coaching staff, will be confirmed at the time other details are released.
Typically, the course commences with several indoor sessions learning the basics before venturing out onto the water.
Indoor sessions include learning good rowing technique on the ergo (indoor rowing machine) and on our indoor rowing tank.
The initial phase also includes learning to follow the relevant commands and instructions, water safety and boat handling. The first session on the water is always exciting, typically this session will start with a warm up in the gym before going onto the water. Juniors are taught how to prepare their boats for the session, including the vital safety checks and how to carry their boats to the water and launch them safely and correctly.
This is great for developing teamwork skills, communication, responsibility as well as developing friendships. The first outing on the water will always be in a stable boat, normally a coxed quadruple sculling boat with the learn to rowers taking it in turns to cox. Coaches will be on the water with the juniors in a safety launch. At the end of the session juniors will be expected to clean their boat before returning it to the boat shed. As with all outdoor sports rowing is weather dependent, if the weather is bad sessions are held indoors on our indoor rowing tank.
Our aim is that by the end of the course the ‘learn to rower’ will have built confidence rowing in stable boats, enjoyed themselves, become fitter, made friends and started learning some wider life skills such as taking responsibility, teamwork and communication.
What comes next?
The junior learn to row course leads straight into our Junior Squad, here you technique will be perfected and worked on with our team of coaches. This takes the individual from rowing in larger more stable boats through to becoming confident in a wider range of boats leading ultimately to rowing in a ‘fine’ racing single.
What to do if you are interested
Contact our Junior Section Coordinator, Jonty Reid at email@example.com if you would like to come and have a look around the club, see our indoor rowing tank and facilities, join in with some land training if you fancy it and have a chat to our great team of coaches and existing juniors.
Who can join the course
We encourage girls and boys from the age of 12 years up to 17 years to register for the course. You must be able to swim a minimum of 100m wearing sports clothing in order to join the course, this will be tested during our annual capsize test. If you have any special needs or requirements please contact our junior coordinator to discuss them