Learn to row


Introductory ‘Taster’ session

Indoor rowingIf you are new to rowing, we run Taster sessions at various times during the year depending on levels of interest and the availability of our volunteer coaches. The sessions typically last two hours and involve land-based preparation and basic skills as well as the chance to take a seat in a training crew boat with a cox for a short outing on the water. If this goes well, and we sincerely hope it will, we ask that you then sign up for our Learn to Row course.

Cost: £10


Learn to Row course

Preparing the boatAimed at complete beginners, this course spans eight two-hour training sessions. 

They are run either over four consecutive weekends (with sessions on both Saturday and Sunday) or as week-long programmes. We endeavour to run four Learn to Row courses each year and each course will cater for a maximum of eight students. 

The course is open to all regardless of age, sex or ability but, for safety reasons, the minimum age for the LTR course is 14 years.

If a course is oversubscribed, your name will be added to a waiting list and places are on a first come, first-served basis.

Cost: £100


Joining the club

On completion of the LTR course you will be assessed to Bronze or Silver level of rowing competency and this will determine your development path through the club. Everyone learns at a different rate, so don’t attach too much importance to the terms, we will have activities in the club for you to progress at your own rate.

There are different squads at the club and initially you will be welcomed as a junior or into the senior men’s or ladies groups. 

You will then have the opportunity to attend different club sessions on Saturdays, Sundays or Wednesday evenings in the summer, or will be invited to try for different crew boats.

We also have coaching sessions running for seniors on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. We will be able to give you more details when you have become a member of the club.


£26 a month senior

£12 a month junior

There is also a £56 annual membership of British Rowing with which you get a monthly magazine and the qualification to race.


How to sign up:

If you are interested in booking a place on the LTR course or Taster session, please email us at learning@debenrowingclub.co.uk or use our enquiry form.

If you are under 18, please contact juniors@debenrowingclub.co.uk.

The small print:

Full payment must be made in advance to secure your place and received no later than two weeks prior to the course start date. This fee is non-refundable. Cheques should be made payable to Deben Rowing Club and sent to John Churcher, DRC Training Captain, River Wall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4BB.

If conditions prevent an outing the course schedule may be varied.


Be prepared:

You should wear close-fitting clothing that will not hold water (Lycra is good). Bring with you a change of clothing, a small towel, an old pair of trainers, a pair of Wellington boots, a small water bottle and a hat.

Rowing is a generic term which encompasses sweep oar (with one blade) and sculling (with two blades). For the DRC training for beginners, we focus on sculling. Click on this British Rowing link to see what is involved in learning to scull.