As Ratty said to Mole, “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Rowing stimulates the mind and develops your body. Set against the elemental backdrop of one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames, what could be better?

River Thames with TTRC

It’s a sport that people become passionate about – because you never stop learning! After a while you’ll spend endless hours watching Rowing videos on-line, looking forlornly at any stretch of water you drive by, be aghast at the crazy way people use the ergos in gyms, and think it’s okay to wear crazy coloured lycra outfits!

If all this appeals, then  it’s never too late to join in and learn to row.

Adult Learn to Row

We run a regular six week induction programme facilitated by trained coaches and experienced rowers.

Courses start first week in July, August and September.

The course involves both land and water training. We also provide e-learning reference materials to look at in-between sessions.

Ergos at TTRC

The typical programme consists of three sessions a week:

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays 7-9pm: Gym based on the rowing machines/in the gym.
  • Saturday 10-12: On the water

(NB These may alter slightly per group).

During the course you will learn:

  • the structure of the stroke,
  • what it takes to make a boat go fast,
  • ergo technique,
  • stretching, nutrition and training tips.

Each course is limited to approximately 12 people ( to ensure a more personalised development programme).

Learn to Row TTRC

At the end of the course there will be a mini regatta and BBQ.

You then have the opportunity to move-on to the ‘Advanced Learn to row’ course. After that, you can join the Social or Intermediate group, and so continue your development and enjoyment of the sport.

We are an equal opportunities club, welcoming people from all the rich diversity that makes this a great  place. Groups are mixed, male and female (and of course we totally welcome LGBT members to our sport).

Cost of Learn to Row

Cost is £180 (i.e. only £10 per session)

To book, or merely to ask more questions without commitment, please email info@.TTRC rowing

Under 18s Learn to Row at Thames Tradesmen

Please note that Learn To Row courses are for adults (18+).

If you are under 18 and interested in rowing, you should contact our Junior Head Coach, Tom Rook on