Learn to row

Henley Rowing Club offers both ‘learn to row’ courses and private tuition aimed at adults and juniors who have never rowed before and would like to give it a go. The courses are run by experienced rowers/coaches and cover many different aspects of rowing including gym work, rowing on the water, using rowing machines and learning how to handle boats and rowing equipment carefully.

Adult Learn to Row – new course to start February 2018

In March 2016 six of the eight rowers in the Veteran D crew (average age 50) competing in the famous Vesta Head of River Race were graduates of the Club’s Learn to Row courses, including 2 who first got in a boat less than one year previously. Our course for 2017 is underway and no further places are available for joining mid-term.  Why not give rowing a try in 2018?

Mens Masters D crew crop

Format of the course

The course is aimed at men and women who wish to learn to row.   The course offers three terms of structured tuition from professional coaching staff.

Competency leads to membership – A competency test will be taken at the end of the course to allow progression to Club membership.

Term 1 classes will be held in the gym and Term 2/3 classes will be held on the water with a number of different boats being used as you progress towards your competency test.
Term 1
Fitness & Stretching
Basic rowing movement
Technique on rowing machines

Term 2
Water safety
River Rules

Term 3
Technique & style

Junior Summer Camps 2017

We organise Summer camps in July and August and are focused on the following age groups. (This is just a focus and is open to other age groups too)

Week 29  (17 – 21 July) : Beginner 11-13 Year olds
Week 30 (24 – 28 July) : Beginner 14-16 year olds
Week 31 (31 July to 4 August) : Intermediate 11-16 year olds (for participants that have followed 1 or more camps/courses)
Week 32 (7 – 11 August): Beginner 11-13 Year olds

Cost will be £200,- per week, lunch will be provided.

Our Summer Camps run Monday-Friday from 10AM-3PM.

Days will be structured as follows:

10.00 Instruction on the rowing machine and warm-up
10.30 Out on the river in different types of boats
12.00 Lunch
12.45 Team Games/Quiz
13.30 Out on the river again
14.45 Boats of the water cleaning them and back on the racks
15.00 Ready to leave the club.

Week will be structured as follows:

Monday: Explanation of rowing technique and different Boat types and equipment
Tuesday: Rowing in larger boats for more balance and learning technique.
Wednesday: Small boats, in stable.
Thursday: morning small boats, afternoon large boats practicing for Friday.
Friday: morning practicing for races, afternoon races (Parents welcome to watch!)

If you are interested please fill in the Summer Camp application form 2017 and return with a cheque of £200,- addressed to Henley rowing club to:

Henley Rowing Club
The Boathouse
Wargrave Road
RG9 3JD, Henley-on-Thames

We wish your son/daughter a pleasant week at HRC!

Word version of form Summer camp 2017.

Junior Learn to Row – next course starting February 2018

Have fun and learn to row in a structured environment. The course for 2017 is underway and mid-term joining is not possible.

Learn to row2

Hire a boat?

The club now has two touring boats for use for the recreational rowing courses and summer camps.  Club members may have use of the boats subject to availability and they will be for hire by arrangement.

If you are looking for a boat to hire for a regatta or rowing camp, please send as much information as you can to captain@henleyrowingclub.org.  Please complete the attached form in order for us to assess your needs and find suitable equipment.

Boat hire booking form