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Riverside Dr
Perth, WA
Australia

0407 002 481

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About Rowing

2016 Annual Dinner Video - Why we row!

Elite, Club, Development or Newbie?

Newbie: Join a Learn to Row class

This this look familiar? Or maybe not... a Learn to Row course might be the way to go

This this look familiar? Or maybe not... a Learn to Row course might be the way to go

Does this rowing palaver sound like a completely different language? Not sure of the difference between strokeside and bowside? One of our learn to row courses might be the place for you. WARC runs a limited number of two-week, five-session Learn to Row courses each year. Our (very patient) coach Peter Tomic has coached every level of rowers from schoolboys to our senior squads and knows everything there is to know about learning to row. His priority is to get you out on the water and rowing as soon as possible, and we let the theory catch up afterwards. This is a highly sought-after course with one of the few pathways from learning to competence via our development program. Go check out our Learn to Row page, or email learn2row@warowingclub.org to register your interest. 


Development: Hone your skills

Learn more about the craft with our Development program, to improve fitness, on-water skill and boat handling skills

Learn more about the craft with our Development program, to improve fitness, on-water skill and boat handling skills

Quite a few athletes have joined the ranks of WARC fresh from a Learn to Row course, or perhaps wish to return the sport after a few (in some cases many!) years off. As a results of this demand, we've established a Development program for athletes to have a safe place to build up their rowing skills and be able to progress into our Club program. The focus of our development program, which runs year-round, is to build a good fitness base, establish sound skills in boat handling and cement a solid on-water skill set in line with the Rowing Australia model. During the winter season we do encourage competition in appropriate grades. In 2014 we upgraded our entry-level fleet and have an enviable class of boats for this athlete cohort. On-water training is exclusively in the mornings due to poor weather during the afternoon.

For more information, email captain@warowingclub.org 


Club: Train pretty hard, go pretty fast

The champion WARC women's masters 8+ boating to race

The champion WARC women's masters 8+ boating to race

In WA, the club season is during cooler months from April to September when set sessions and competitions take place. Over the warmer months of October to March, we row in a less formal fashion, although rowing excellence is always encouraged. Rowers are given the opportunity to improve their fitness with both on and off-water sessions, have access to technique coaching and the chance to try new things - we encourage athletes to try their hand at sculling, sweep boats, rigging and coaching. Competition is facilitated at every level from E-grade to A-grade, and at every age from 13 to 80... (yeah. We have a couple of octagenarians.) We have a particularly strong masters contingent, and we often have athletes representing WARC at national and world masters regattas, as well as special events like the Head of the Charles and Head of the Yarra. On-water training is exclusively in the mornings due to poor weather during the afternoon.

The minimum prerequisite for club programs is solid boat handling skills and the ability to single scull.

To find out more, contact captain@warowingclub.org for more. We also recommend you check out our "rowing operations" section to get a feel for the club.


Elite: Train hard and go fast

(above) WARC men launching the "Usual Suspects" Empacher coxless four

(above) WARC men launching the "Usual Suspects" Empacher coxless four

WARC caters for athletes who participate in selection processes for both State and National teams, in sculling, sweep and LTA events. Athletes afforded a place in our elite program are provided with personalised training opportunities and access to one of the best equipment fleets in WA. Places in the program are limited. This program has helped athletes in their bid for selection in a variety of crews to compete both in Australia, and abroad. On-water training is exclusively in the mornings due to poor weather during the afternoon.

To find out more, contact captain@warowingclub.org. We also recommend you check out our "rowing operations" section to get a feel for the club.


The West Australian Rowing Club will strive to promote the sport of rowing at all levels from beginner to elite and provide opportunities for members to pursue both individual and club goals. We will build and support high quality programs and facilities that promote access to rowing, excellence in the sport and the use rowing as a means to foster physical activity, health, leadership, community engagement and personal growth.
— WARC mission statement

2015 Annual Dinner Video - Why we row!

2014 Season in review!