How to get involved in rowing
A brief guide for the beginner rower
Here’s our guide to starting out in rowing and joining a rowing club. Rowing is a great way to get the body fit and healthy through active and refreshing exercise, so why not get involved?
Rowing is a thriving sport in which people of all ages and abilities can get involved.
Rowing clubs are spread around the country and almost anywhere where there is a major river, you will find a club. However, rowing opportunities are not just confined to rivers; many rowing clubs also use lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters and will gladly welcome beginners — so there is no excuse not to get involved!
Clubs will provide the required equipment and the instruction needed for a beginner to get started in rowing. You don’t even need specialist clothing — just a simple tracksuit or something that allows you to move freely will be sufficient when starting out.
Also, the costs of getting started are not over the top — rowing club membership fees vary between £35 to £180 per annum, but usually include the use of all facilities and boats.
Due to the popularity of the sport, there are a whole host of websites and contacts geared toward the beginner — a good place to start would be the Amateur Rowing Association.