Learn to Row

Riverside is well known for its successful Learn-‐to‐Row course for adults. The course is strongly supported by our experienced members and qualified coaching team and allows you to start your rowing career in a safe, structured and welcoming environment.

Learn to Row courses are held throughout the year. All potential members MUST attend an Induction Course before they can be accepted as a full member.

A course fee of $150 applies. (If you decide to join $50 will be subtracted from your joining fee)

Upcoming Learn to Row course

The next Learn to Row course is schedule over the following dates:


Learn to Row week 5

From 8:00am on the West Lakes

What happens at Learn to Row?

Our Learn-­to-­Row program comprises four to six sessions. Each session commences in the sheds on our rowing machines and simulator for individual tuition on basic rowing techniques before moving onto the water. You’ll have the opportunity to row from your first visit to the Club and we aim to put beginners on the water at every class.

During these sessions, you’ll learn how to:

  • be safe on and off the water;
  • take the rowing technique learnt on land and apply it in the boat;
  • row as part of a crew; and
  • handle rowing equipment (boats, blades, riggers, rowing machines).

Once the basics have been learnt, the final 2 sessions focus on stroke correction over longer distances (5 to 7km), rowing in both sweep oar and scull boats and, depending on interest, small boats.

Please note that depending on numbers we may need to do rotations in in the boats and we ask for your patience.

Frequently Asked Questions!

Download our Induction Form:

Learn to Row Learn to Row (120 KB)

To register interest please complete the following:

Learn To Row Enquiry