Learn To Row In Nottingham

Our Summer learn to row courses have now finished. Please contact us to be notified when our next courses are available.

Summer 2018 – Learn to Row at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

This summer the Becket Rowing Club will be running “Learn to Row” courses in Nottingham, which will teach children aged 12 and above in September all the basics on how to row.  The course will run over a 2 week period from Monday to Friday by qualified coaches, with a choice of the following dates.

Course 1 from Monday 16th July to Friday 27th July

Course 2 from Monday 30th July to Friday 10th August

Course 3 from Monday 13th August to Friday 24th August

On our learn to row courses, the Juniors will learn to scull (in a boat where you use 2 oars one in each hand) rather than row (one oar each) because this is considered safer for younger bodies. Children usually develop their rowing skills at different rates and we will do our best to accommodate all.

Each session will last approximately 2 hours and will be based at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.  If you are not able to make all of a particular course due to holidays or other commitments, please do let us know as we may be able to accommodate over two courses, or will do our best to try and offer a solution.

Beginners are shown correct technique on a rowing machine before progressing to rowing in training boats. At the end of the course those who have attained the necessary skills will be invited to join the Club and attend regular weekly sessions, subject to passing a required swim test (see below).  Due to limited resources we can’t guarantee everyone who completes the course will be able to join the club but we will do our best to accommodate as many children as possible.

After completing the learn to row course, the weekly training days and times are dependent on age and ability. Sessions range from being on the water, on rowing machines (ergos), to gym based sessions for fitness. It is expected that all juniors will train to scull at a competitive level.  Crew rowing is in boats for two or four people, and as the rowers progress, they will move on to faster boats designed for racing.

If you are interested in booking a place on one of the learn to row courses this summer,  or please contact us via the contact page for further information on course fees and availability, an application form will then be sent out to you.

Places are limited so please register your interests ASAP to avoid disappointment.


Swim test / Capsize Drill

Whilst rowing is considered a safe sport, all club members have to pass a swim test (clothed) and a capsize drill before they can row without wearing a buoyancy aid. We hold the tests either at the club or a swimming pool, depending on the time of year. Unless you can swim at least 100m clothed, you should not take up rowing even with a buoyancy aid.

Parents will be asked to confirm their child’s swimming ability before beginning a beginners group. All beginners on a learn to row course will be expected to wear a buoyancy aid.