Learn to Row

The first 2022 Learn to Row intake has now closed. The next course is expected to be towards the end of the Summer. Please contact us to register your interest and we will add you to our waiting list.

At Leicester Rowing Club you will meet a range of different people, these include our Junior Squad, Men’s and Women’s Squads, Performance Squad and Recreational Squad.  Leicester Rowing Club welcomes new members throughout the year depending on the availability of our volunteer coaches.

To be able to join the Learn to Row course, participants are not expected to have any previous rowing experience, but should come prepared to take on moderate exercise, which will include some lifting. For safety reasons participants should be able to swim at least 50 yards unaided, those who cannot will have to be assessed as to whether or not they can continue.

During the Learn to Row course participants will be training on the rowing machines to improve their technique before being sent out in boats. Participants should wear appropriate sportswear, trainers, leggings, shorts, etc. (gym clothing usually is appropriate). For safety reasons no loose clothing both on and off the water.

New members to the senior squads will be starting on an 8 week indoor training plan which will consist of 2 sessions per week; one during the week at 6pm and one every Saturday at 9:30am. Once the 8 weeks have been completed, we look at getting the new members out in boats to continue with their training and in the end get to races.

We welcome anyone into the racing squads but anyone joining needs to know that, compared to other sports, there is a significant time and effort commitment involved in rowing. Our club coaches will support you via coaching and training plans but rowing isn’t the kind of sport where you can only come down occasionally and still expect to get into a regular boat and progress. We don’t say this to put you off but there is a steep learning curve to rowing and all too often we lose new members due to the time, commitment and training needed to get to race level.  The beginners will be rowing together as a group to help each other progress.

Learn to Row membership rates are as follows – £40 is for the 8 week course and if anyone wishes to continue it will be £26 a month for Seniors and £14 a month for Juniors and Recreational (more details). This is up until the participant is able to progress into our established squads.  To apply for more information and give it a go please contact us. 

Coxing Membership

Anyone keen to try out coxing can join the club without any waiting list and will given full support and coaching.  For more information check out our coxing membership page then contact us to book a free session on the water.

Juniors – ages 11 to 17

The junior squad is always on the lookout for aspiring new members.  If you are fit and active, and looking for a sport which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle please email juniors@leicester-rowing.co.uk to express your interest in joining.