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Trainees out for first ever water outing (and looking good) on 16 June 2019

Learn to Row courses in 2020 - on hold

Due to the COVID-19 virus, all activities at the club ceased from 20 March 2020. Preparations for the 2020 Learn to Row courses were put on hold and those who had expressed an interest over the winter were informed about this. An update was sent on 8 August saying that the club as a whole was inching back towards normality, but that the Learn to Row courses were still on hold, with maybe land-only taster sessions in September or October. 

Archive wording from before the lockdown:

If you fancy rowing as a complete beginner and can't make Wednesday mornings (see below) then register your interest for the 2020 L2R courses by filling in the form at the foot of this page. We'll acknowlege and then get back to you about any taster sessions and then let you know when the courses are fixed.

Last year we ran in June/July. You can attend either on Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings. Each course consists of 8 sessions, one a week for 8 weeks. You can then choose if you want to join and carry on rowing with us into the future. All equipment is provided. 

Daytime community rowing - Wednesday mornings

Wednesday morning rowing is now back on as of early August 2020, but with a strict number limit and booking in advance.

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 25-08-20.

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Learn to Row 2019 archive
Course Info
As issued 17 May 2019

We are located at Newburn, west of Newcastle at NE15 8NL.  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. See
Days, dates and timings
The learn to row courses run for one session a week for eight weeks (you choose one or the other):
Wednesdays                   18:00-20:30
Sundays                          11:00-13:30
For those who intend carrying on rowing with the club, there will be a swim test and capsize drill, usually early afternoon on a Sunday in early September. There will be a small further charge. You don’t need to be able to swim to row, but we would need to discuss this with you at the first session.
What to wear
The general advice for rowing is that clothing should be light, relatively close-fitting but flexible. Some warm and waterproof layers are also advisable in your kit bag! An absolute must - no hoodies or jackets with unzipped side pockets - thumbs get caught. 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
In week 1 we will have an introduction to the club and to rowing, including a safety video and a tour. You will get a L2R handbook as well.  We will then give you some coaching on basic technique on the rowing machines, followed by a taste of ‘core’ exercises and stretching. In weeks 2-8 there will be a warm up on the machines and we then get on the water asap, subject to weather.  We start with sculling (two oars each) in stable boats for four rowers and then progress, hopefully, to sweep in eights (one oar each, like the Boat Races). We normally take about 12 people on each course.
Booking and charge
Bookings open on xx and is by email to me. The course costs £100 all-in and we require that payment reaches us by a week before your course starts to guarantee your place (unless agreed otherwise) - send a cheque payable to Tyne Amateur Rowing Club to me at 10 Stephenson Terrace, Wylam, NE41 8DZ, or do an online transfer to us at Barclays Bank, acct no 00000345, sort code 20-59-59, ref SURNAME_L2R (and email me to say you have done it, please). 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 course finishes.  We’ll use early August to top up sessions for anyone who has missed days due to hols, etc. You will then start to form our new Development Squad through late August into September, with full membership of the club starting on 1 October. In previous years the Squad has carried on training in the course slots of Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, but TBC.
Course coordinator: Colin Percy        Email:
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