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.

Junior Summer Camps – bookings open

Our Summer Camps are run Monday-Friday from 10AM-3PM (generally week aim to do 4 weekly courses for different age groups.

We are focussing on the age groups below. We may be open to other age groups depending on demand and our ability to offer a suitable course. The dates for 2018 are confirmed – there will be separate weeks as follows:

week 1 Beginner 11-13 Years 23-27 July 2018 THIS IS FULL NO BOOKINGS TAKEN

week 2- Beginner 12-16 years 30 July – 3 August 2018 –THIS IS FULL NO BOOKINGS TAKEN


Week 3: 11 -13yrs 6 -10 Aug

week 4Intermediate 13 -17th August – TO BOOK CLICK ON LINK – BOOKINGS AVAILABLE

Week 4: Intermediate 13 -17 Aug

Cost will be  £220 per week, a sandwich lunch will be provided.

The days are generally 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 the technique

Wednesday: Introduction to small boats

Thursday: Morning more small boat activity. Afternoon large boats, practicing for Friday

Friday: Morning practicing for races. Afternoon races (Parents welcome to watch)



Please note that the 2018 Learn to Row courses for adults and juniors are underway and no places are available.

Proposed format of the adult course – this may be adapted but can give you a ‘flavour’ of what to expect.  Please note that sessions are on Friday evenings and Sunday late afternoons.

The course offers three terms of structured tuition from professional coaching staff. A competency test will be taken at the end of the course to allow progression to club membership,  when there will be the possibility of integrating with current masters rowers squads.

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
  • Safety

Term 2

  • Introduction to equipment
  • Rowing technique
  • Water safety
  • River Rules

Term 3

  • Gaining independence
  • Improving technique & style
  • Competency test



Want to 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