Charity no 1161250
Charity no  1161250 Water Row, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE158NL
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Learn to row - junior (12-18 yrs)
Rowed before?

If you have rowed before, then you may be able to slot in straight in to one of our junior squad groups. Get in touch by email with our Junior Coaches - details on this page here.
Complete beginner? 
One or possibly two junior Learn to Row courses will run in the school summer hols in 2020. They normally run over four consecutive days, 1.30-4.00pm. Fill in the form below and we'll put you on the list to get details when fixed. Do look around as other clubs run courses too.

Contact us
If you have any other questions, please email the Junior Coaches as above.
Minimum age
Please note that for summer courses we have a minimum age of 12 (as on the immediately following 1 September). 

All information here is subject to review nearer the time in the light of the COVID-19 restrictions.
This page last updated 22-03-20.

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Course info from previous years - may change in 2020


We are located at Newburn, west of Newcastle.  This is on the north side of the river. From Newcastle, head for Newburn Bridge, but turn sharp right just before the bridge, go past the Boat House Pub, then another sharp right and up and left into our car park.

The address is Tyne Amateur Rowing Club, Water Row, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8NL. A map is at
Course personnel and equipment

Each course will be run by at least two adult club coaches. Names may differ for each course, but unless stated otherwise, they will have Level 2 coaching qualifications and a current DBS check.
Some of our older established junior club rowers (and their parents) will assist with the running of the course under the supervision of the coaches.  The club holds full insurance.

Although rowers do not generally wear life-jackets, the trainees on the course will wear them when on the water. All water outings will have at least one motorised launch in attendance.
Dates and timings 

The courses usually run on four consecutive days, e.g. Monday to Thursday, 1:30pm - 4.30pm. 
What to wear and advice on valuables

We may not be on the water the first day, but please bring every day:
a)    clothing and trainers suitable for reasonably strenuous exercise on land, i.e. on the rowing machines, stretching etc and
b)   both trainers and wellies, or sandals or shoes you don’t mind getting wet 
c)    A towel and complete change of clothes in case of water accidents.

No clothing or footwear should be expensive fashion items - they could get wet or dirty or lost.
The general advice for rowing is that clothing should be light, relatively close fitting but flexible.  Even though this is the summer, warm and waterproof layers are also advisable in your kit bag. 
No hoodies or other upper garments with unzipped side pockets - thumbs get caught! 

You may bring mobile phones to the club, as these are useful should rowers need to contact parents.  Under no circumstances should they be taken out of the clubhouse during training, especially when on the water.  Coaches will offer to lock up valuables including phones at the start of sessions.  But try not to bring valuables!

The course cost £80.00 in recent years, but under review for 2020.

Payment must be received by the club at least a week in advance of the start of the course.

This fee is non-returnable unless due to a cancellation in good time and we can fill the place.  In the event that adverse weather conditions prevent some or all of the water outings, we will endeavour to provide more outings at some future time at no extra charge.
What happens after the course?

At the end of the course and into September we will discuss with you the opportunities for carrying on rowing with the club as part of the Junior Squad. Junior subs can be found at our Membership page.

There is always a a swim test and capsize drill on Saturday shortly after the courses, usually at West Denton Pool. This is a requirement for those wishing to carry on rowing with us. There may be a small charge for this.

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