Learn to Row

If you’ve ever wanted to give rowing a try then this is for you.

Whether you need a change from gym work or an incentive to get out and get some exercise then why not try rowing?

Aimed at complete beginners, the Learn to Row course takes about 15 weeks to complete and is part of the British Rowing Learn to Row Scheme. You will be taught by qualified and experienced rowing coaches who will help you develop the skills you need to row safely, row fast and enjoy one of the best stretches of the River Severn here at Upton. For more information take a look at the learn to row handbook Learn to Row Handbook.

You will be working together in a crew of four – so it will be a great way to meet some new people. Why not persuade some friends, family or work colleagues to come along too and form a crew!

At the end of the Learn to Row course you will have the chance to compete in the popular Upton Beginner’s Regatta and battle it out against other Learn to Row graduates from other local clubs (Click for further info). Many of our Learn to Row graduates go on to join the club as full members – some choosing to enjoy recreational rowing and touring, others competing for the club at local and national level.

How to Join – Learn to Row

This year the Learn to Row courses will be offered on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings subject to numbers.  Once you start the course you will need to attend on the same night each week.  If you would like to join a course please contact the Learn to Row coordinator and coach Debbie at learn2row@uptonrc.org.uk . Debbie can provide more information and answer questions but do also read the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Induction: Monday 1st April

Stage 1 (w/c): 8th April – 15th April, 22nd April (Easter Break) 29th April – 13th May

Capsize Drill: To Be Confirmed (Between 18th and 26th May)

Stage 2 (w/c): 27th May – 29th July

Location: Upton Rowing Club, Upton Marina, Upton upon Severn WR8 OPB (Click for Map)

Cost: £60 per person for Stage 1 and £150 for Stage 2 which includes membership of Upton RC and British Rowing.

Payment: Please make cheques payable to Upton Rowing Club

What to Wear: The first session will be on dry land so any sports kit and trainers will do. When you’re ready to take to the water you’ll be told by the coaches what’s best to wear.

Where to Park: Please park in the meadow beyond the boat house.

Note: You must be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing or will need to wear a buoyancy aid. Safety is paramount so it is a requirement of the course that you complete the capsize drill (in a swimming pool) which the club organises for all beginners.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be fit to start the course?

No – the coaches will take into account individual ability and fitness while creating your programme. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding your health. As with all exercise – if you are unsure whether to embark on the course speak to your local health professionals.

Am I too old to row?

No – you’re never too old to row. It is a low impact activity so rowers can keep going well into their seventies and eighties. The coaches will put crews together so that everyone is matched as far as possible in terms of age and ability

What happens if the weather is bad?

We can’t go out on the water if it is very windy, there is a lot of debris or the river levels are too high. The cold and rain doesn’t stop rowers – we just make sure our clothing is right for the conditions. If rowing is cancelled the Learn to Row coaching sessions will carry on using the indoor rowing machines.