Learn to row
All the details about Learn to Row classes at the WA Rowing Club
'New to rowing? Learn to Row courses run between October and February each year. The 2017/8 courses will be announced during August 2017. Please complete the form below to express interest, and once the course dates are announced we will contact you then.
If you have rowing experience and would like to get involved earlier, please email our Head Coach Joseph Tamigi on email@example.com
We run two-week Learn to Row courses from October to February each year. Training is on Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.
The 2017/18 Summer dates are:
- Course 1 (12 Oct -21 Oct 2017): Thur 12th, Sat 14th, Mon 16th, Thur 19th, Sat 21st.
- Course 2 (26 Oct -04 Nov 2017): Thur 26th, Sat 28th, Mon 30th, Thur 2nd, Sat 4th.
- Course 3 (09 Nov -18 Nov 2017): Thur 9th, Sat 11th, Mon 13th, Thur 16th, Sat 18th.
- Course 4 (23 Nov -02 Dec 2017): Thur 23rd, Sat 25th, Mon 27th, Thur 30th, Sat 2nd.
- Course 5 (07 Dec -16 Dec 2017): Thur 7th, Sat 9th, Mon 11th, Thur 14th, Sat 16th.
- Course 6 (04 Jan - 13 Jan 2018): Thur 4th, Sat 6th, Mon 8th, Thur 11th, Sat 13th.
- Course 7 (18 Jan - 27 Jan 2018): Thur 18th, Sat 20th, Mon 22nd, Thur 25th, Sat 27th.
- Course 8 (01 Feb - 10 Feb 2018): Thur 1st, Sat 3rd, Mon 5th, Thur 8th, Sat 10th.
- Course 9 (15 Feb - 24 Feb 2018): Thur 15th, Sat 17th, Mon 19th, Thur 22nd, Sat 24th.
- Weekday sessions start at 5:15am sharp and finish at 7.15am(ish)
- Weekend sessions start at 6am sharp and finish at 8.15am(ish)
- Access to new equipment specially designed for athletes beginning their rowing careers. This is the only course in WA that uses new equipment for beginner athletes
- Coaching from one of WARC's most experienced coaches
- Support from program coordinator
- Special guest assistance each session from WARC rowers, some of whom will be graduates of the program and some who will be experienced and potentially elite-level athletes
Register your interest for a course via the form below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
Q: I rowed at school years ago, do I need to do a Learn to Row course?
A: Like so many things in rowing, it depends. If you rowed for at least one school season and would be confident in your ability to obey commands to safely lift a boat, going straight into our development squad may be an option. The learn to row course can be a great refresher however if you already know the difference between the gate, sleeve, gunwale, and button, you may not need to go back to basics.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: We are happy to have athletes enroll in a Learn to Row course from the year they turn 14. There's lots of documentation about age limits in rowing and you're welcome to check it out. The reason we've put the age limit at 14 is that it means after a solid year sculling, we can transition athletes into different types of boats and vary their learning experience and rowing options.
Note: It is best particularly for younger athletes to enroll in a course as a group. Rowing together with peers is way more fun and we encourage young athletes to bring mates along. Don't hesitate to get in touch for more information!
Q: Is there a weight limit?
A: Yes, equipment is designed for an average weight of 80-85Kg, with an individual maximum of 105Kg.
Q: Do I need to wear one of those all-in-one lycra numbers like in the Olympics?
A: No, however loose clothing is a bad idea as it will get caught in the equipment. A close fitting workout shirt and shorts is perfectly acceptable.
You also need to make sure you wear socks in the boat and on our deck, and be prepared to get those socks pretty wet and dirty.
Q: Do I need to be able to swim?
A: Yes. It is a rare that anyone ends up in the river during the learning stages of rowing, and the Swan is shallow enough that in most places it's possible for someone of average height to stand. However rolling a boat can be a bit scary and it's best that you are comfortable with being in the water before embarking on your rowing journey.
Q: I can't make it to all the sessions, can I still complete the course?
A: To be honest, if you can't make all the sessions in a course, it's best to skip the course altogether and enroll in the next one. There's quite a lot to take in, and we've generally found skipping classes will mean your skill level might be a bit behind by the end of the five sessions if you are intending to continue rowing with our development program.