We're kinda well known for our Sculling Courses; they're a great way to try a new sport without committing to life-long membership (our 300+ members might say otherwise!), BUT most importantly you get the benefit of all of our facilities as a member for one months meaning you are part and parcel of our community, club nights and gym facilities.
You'll be part of a intensive learning curve; from never picking up a blade, to being able to scull to Kew Bridge and back. You'll be introduced to our club through the course and we can 99% guarantee you'll be instantly hooked.
We've seen 1,000s of people come through our doors who have taken a love to our sport, so if you're interested in being part of something really exciting and gaining a group of new friends, then sign up now.
What are you waiting for...?
OUR NEXT COURSE starts:
end of may 2021
WE have rECENTLY RUN 6 LEARN TO SCULL COURSES SO OUR NEXT ONES WILL START IN SUMMER.
If you are interested in joining our Learn2Scull Courses please book the courses as they become available.. Once signed up you will receive an email to complete the membership joining form and make payment. Please note that spaces are limited and the course signup will be closed once we reach capacity.
We implement COVID-secure protocols around the boathouse & in the running of our courses. This is in line with guidance issued by British Rowing & the UK government. If you have any concerns, please do ask.
coaching & equipment
2 monthS club membership
Access to the club gym & halL
register your interest
Register your interest below & we'll contact you when our next courses are open for booking!
What are the COURSE REQUIREMENTS?
You must be able to swim 100m in light/gym clothing
To start the course you must be able to attend minimum 6 of the 8 sessions. If you are going to miss a lot of sessions it maybe difficult to pick up previous technical sessions therefore we ask that you are able to attend the majority of the course.
We ask that participants have an average level of fitness and are used to working out once or twice per week. You will be required to carry boats independently and with fellow athletes. This will involve lifting boats on and off racks and carry them down our steps down to the water.
I've completed my learn to scull course, what next?
Those who are keen and have shown the necessary commitment and required aptitude following completion of the Learn2Scull Beginners and Learn2Scull Improvement Course will have the opportunity to join as a member of our development squad*. You will have access to club facilities and our regular social events which include Oktoberfest, Burns Night and End of Season Awards Dinner.
*Subject to the coaches discretion- this is to ensure safety of athletes.
Should you not wish to join a squad, there are options for private tuition where you will also be a water member allowing you access to club facilities and regular social events.
What do I need to bring/wear?
For your safety you must wear wellies for all water sessions as our steps to the water can be very slippy. Please note designer wellies such as, Hunters are not ideal as they do not have sufficient grip. In terms of kit, the best clothing for rowing is light weight, stretchy, breathable, and fairly form-fitting. Loose clothing can get caught in the slides under the seat. Sportswear is ideal- leggings, shorts, t-shirts, jumper, waterproof jacket, towel and change of clothes. Don’t forget your trainers for land training. Please note due to covid restrictions the changing rooms are out of bounds.
can i go out in a boat unsupervised?
On our stretch of the Tidal Thames, we navigate according to the 'Tideway Code' which is a set of rules & regulations published the Port of London Authority (PLA). Steer certification is the process we use to validate a member's understanding and ability to navigate under the tideway code. This process is in place to make sure that you, and other river users, are safer when out on the water. It is only when you are steer-certed, you will be able to steer a boat unsupervised on the tideway. During the course you will be taught about the navigation of the tideway. The steer certification process consists of an online and practical test. During the course you will be expected to have attempted the online test. Once you have had sufficient practice steering out on the water, your coach or supervisor can make a recommendation to put you in for your practical test.
do i need to be a club member?
Yes, you will need to be a member to attend the course. Your course fee with cover your membership fee for the duration of the course. If you decide to stay on after the course you will be required to set up a monthly payment depending on the level of membership.
what happens if it rains?
Rowing can be weather and tide dependent. We do row in the rain therefore please bring a change of kit and waterproof clothing. There are some conditions where it is unsafe to row. In these circumstances timings of sessions may vary and you will be notified by your coach.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"I moved to London and wanted to join a sport to meet people. Having never rowed before, the L2R course was a great introduction to rowing and the Club's social side.
3 years later and I can't imagine life without PTRC!"