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Learn to row - Adult (18 and over)
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Pic of first water outing for Wed night L2R-ers on 25 Aug 21

Learn to Row courses - summer 2021 - now finished

This year the courses consisted of one session a week for six weeks, either on a Wednesday evening or a Sunday morning. This was done twice. Each session was about two hours long, maybe a bit longer. Full dates were:

Wed 30 Jun - Wed 4 Aug incl 6.00-8.30pm      
Sun 4 Jul - Sun 8 Aug incl 11.00am-1.30pm
Wed 11 Aug - Wed 15 Sep incl  6.00-8.30pm
Sun 15 Aug - Sun 19 Sep incl 8.00-10.30am 

The cost was £100 for the six weeks, including a rowing handbook and free membership of the club up to the end of October, when those who want to carry on rowing will regroup. There will be a reduced fee of £80 for the unwaged. There were no hidden charges, e.g. for equipment hire, these were all-in prices.

If interested in particpating in the 2022 courses please fill in the form below, which will generate an email to our L2R coordinator. For more information and practical details for 2021 (left on this page for reference), see download here (or as pasted in at foot of page):

Daytime community rowing - Wednesday mornings

If you are free during the day on a Wednesday from 9.30-12.00 our less formal daytime rowing sessions could be for you. It is currently £5.00 a session or you can take out monthly off-peak membership by standing order for £16.

If you are interested in the Wednesday morning sessons, then please email Colin Percy at We can usually take both beginners and experienced rowers at any time, but please check first as to when you should come down.

This page last updated on 20-09-21.

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Learn to Row 2021
Course Info
As issued 07-08-21

Tyne Amateur Rowing Club
Adult learn to row course (Aug-Sep) - details for 2021
Updated 07-08-21
We are located at Newburn, west of Newcastle at NE15 8NL, on the north side of the river. Coming from the north, head for Newburn Bridge, but turn sharp right just before the bridge, go past the Boat House PH, then another sharp right and up and left into our car park. You can also park on the river side of the club house, but not directly in front of the buildings as we get the boats out there. See our web site at for a Google Maps link and bus info. Ring me (Colin) on 07985 003304 if lost or running late!
Days, dates and timings
The learn to row courses run for one session a week for six weeks:
Wed 30 Jun – Wed 4 Aug incl, 6.00-8.30pm - FULL
Sun 4 Jul – Sun 8 Aug incl, 11.00am-1.30pm - FULL
Wed 11 Aug – Wed 15 Sep incl,  6.00-8.30pm - FULL
Sun 15 Aug – Sun 19 Sep incl, 8.00-10.30am - FULL
Finish times are approx, depending how much we are enjoying ourselves.
What to wear
The general advice for rowing is that clothing should be light, relatively close-fitting but flexible, worn in layers as necessary. Some warm and waterproof layers are advisable in your kit bag even in summer. Absolute prohibitions whilst rowing - no hoodies or jackets with unzipped side pockets - thumbs get caught – and no denims. Please bring wellies or sandals or shoes that can get wet as you will need to get your feet in the river on the steps putting boats into the water. Things may get wet or a bit dirty, so nothing expensive. Always bring a change of clothes and towel.
Course outline
Depending on the weather in week 1 we might or might not get on the water. A land session is very useful on the first day to ease you in slowly, but if the weather and water conditions are really good we might just go out anyway. Weeks 2-6 will all be on the water, but still weather dependent, and steadily progressing we hope. Don’t worry if the first week or two are more difficult than you thought - it will come. We normally train on courses in wide, stable sculling boats (two oars each person) for four, two or even one rower/s. We will have one or two experienced rowers in each boat (except the single). If you have to miss a session we will try our hardest to fit you in on another day one way or another.
If an adult you do not need to swim to row but we would recommend a rowing life jacket for water outings, especially early on in your rowing career, if you do not feel confident without out one . Capsizes are very rare in training boats, but of course possible. The temporary membership form you fill in asks about swimming and we’ll discuss this as necessary at the first session. For those who intend carrying on rowing with the club after the courses, there will be a swim test and capsize drill, usually early afternoon on a Sunday in late September in a local swimming pool. However this is subject to a pool able to take us. There is usually a small further charge.
Covid restrictions
The club is obviously subject to the same restrictions as everywhere else, i.e. they were generally relaxed from 19 July, but with guidance that we still take care. At Tyne ARC we still ask that face coverings should be worn outside when getting boats ready, but can be taken off once in a boat. Indoors they must be worn at all times unless actively training or in the bar (open Sundays but not Wednesdays) and taking rereshments. Washing equipment after every outing is mandatory (and good practice anyway).
Booking and paying
If you receive this you will have been accepted on a course but probably not paid. If starting in the next week or so you must pay by the day before the first session of your course (though get in touch if a problem with this in practice). Those starting in august should pay by a week before. The courses costs £100 all-in. You can send a cheque payable to Tyne Amateur Rowing Club to me at 10 Stephenson Terrace, Wylam, NE41 8DZ, or more likely now do an online transfer to:
Acct name: Tyne Amateur Rowing Club
At: xxxx
Acct no: xxxx
Sort code: xxxx
Ref: SURNAME_L2R (i.e. your surname)
Please email me to say you have done it and who it is for if for more than one person. Can’t take cards, sorry.
What happens after the courses
We’ll explain more as we go along, but we obviously hope you will carry on rowing with us after your courses finishes.  We’ll use late September to top up sessions for anyone who has missed days due to hols, etc. You will then start to form our new Novice Squad through October, with full membership of the club being necessary from November. In previous years the Novice Squad has carried on training over the winter into the new year in the same slots of Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings as the courses, but TBC.
Course coordinator: Colin Percy
Course coaches: Colin Percy, John Ord and others
[N.B. All coaches and helpers on the courses are volunteers, suitably qualified where necessary]
Colin Percy
Tyne Amateur Rowing Club
Mob: 07985 003304
Home tel: 01661 854335
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