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Learn to row - Adult (18 and over)
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2019 - Spring taster sessions and Summer courses

We usually run two adult learn to row courses in late spring into early summer, maybe late April to June. These are generally on Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings - you choose which one to attend. We will have some free taster sessions on weekends in March or April. 

You can also read our draft course information sheet, the contents of which are pasted in below. This does not yet have dates or contacts details, but may be useful to give you an idea of what the course consist of. The courses in 2018 were £100 all-in for the eight weeks, as a guide for 2019. 

We hope to have dates fixed by mid February. So get in touch via the form below and we'll get back to you with the dates for 2019 as soon as we can.

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 £4.50 a session (or you can take out monthly off-peak membership by standing order for £15).

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 in case we are short of coaches or helpers.

This page last updated on 04-02-19.

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Learn to Row 2019
Course Info (draft)
As at 4 February 2019

We are located at Newburn, west of Newcastle.  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. A map is at
Days, dates and timings
The learn to row (L2R) courses run for one session a week for eight weeks:
Wednesdays       xx April to xx June                        18.00-20.30 (finish time flexible)
Sundays              xx April to xx June                        11.00-13.30 (ditto)
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.
What to wear
We will probably not be on the water the first week, so please bring clothing and trainers suitable for reasonably strenuous exercise on the rowing machines, stretching etc.  But just in case we do venture out, though, do bring wellies or sandals or shoes that can get wet as you may need to get your feet in the river on the steps putting boats into the water.
The general advice for rowing is that clothing should be light, relatively close-fitting but flexible.  Even though this is the spring/summer, warm and waterproof layers are also advisable. An absolute must - no hoodies or jackets with unzipped side pockets - thumbs get caught Things may get wet or 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 some coaching on basic technique on the rowing machines, followed by a taste of ‘core’ exercises and stretching. In weeks 2-7 there will be a warm up on the machines and we then get on the water, subject to weather.  We start with sculling (two oars each) in stable boats and then progress, hopefully, to sweep in eights (one oar each, like the Boat Races). We normally take about 12 people on each course.
The course costs £xx all-in; we ask that payment reaches us by Monday xx April (unless signing up after that date) - send a cheque payable to Tyne Amateur Rowing Club to xx or do an online transfer to us at Barclays, acct no 00000345, sort code 20-59-59, ref SURNAME_L2R (and email xx to say you have done it).
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.  You will form our new Development Squad for rowing through the summer, autumn and winter into 2020.  In previous years the squad has trained on the course slots of Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, but we can look at this afresh
Please contact us through Colin Percy at or on 07985 003304 if you have any questions.

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