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Learn to Row at Glebe Rowing Club

The Learn to Row (LTR) course at Glebe Rowing Club is a great way to get out on the water and get some experience in this great sport. Rowing is an excellent cardiovascular workout for everyone.

What is included?

We offer a 4-day course on Sundays. In the first session you will learn the basic rowing techniques on an indoor rowing machine, as well as, becoming familiar with our rowing shed and rowing boats. In session 2-4 you will be rowing in beautiful Blackwattle Bay (unless the weather won’t allow to do so). You will be allocated a team of two or four rowers and step by step we will teach you how to row. A group of volunteers (experienced rowers) will help you through these four weeks and keep you safe and dry. 

What will you learn?

At the end of the LTR course you will have been:

  • introduced to a range of rowing terms and be familiar with the different classes of boats,
  • instructed in correct rowing technique that you can use in the gym and on the water, and
  • instructed in how to row and have practical experience of rowing on the water.
  • you will also receive a comprehensive rowing manual that is yours to keep.


For physiological reasons, course participants must be aged 13 years or over. 

Days and times

The course is provided over 4 weeks, on Sunday mornings. Due to Covid restrictions times might change slightly.

  • Week 1: Sunday 8:00am to 11.00am: Introduction to rowing
  • Weeks 2-4: Sunday 8:00am to 11.00am: Getting out on the water and improving your skills

Course 1 – Full

Sunday 6th Sep 2020
Sunday 13th Sep 2020
Sunday 20th Sep 2020
Sunday 27nd Sep 2020

Course 2 – Full

Sunday 25th Oct 2020
Sunday 1st Nov 2020
Sunday 8th Nov 2020
Sunday 15th Nov 2020
Special Intensive Course – Full
Due to high demands we offer an intensive 2-day course for a maximum of 10 people.
This course will run on a Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1 pm.
Saturday 12th Dec 2020
Sunday 13th Dec 2020
Course 3 – Full
Sunday 31st Jan 2021
Sunday 7th Feb 2021
Sunday 14th Feb 2021
Sunday 21st Feb 2021
Course 4 – Full
Sunday 14th Mar 2021
Sunday 21st Mar 2021
Sunday 28th Mar 2021
Sunday 4th Arp 2021


The price for the course is $275.


You must be able to swim 100m and be of reasonable physical fitness to enrol in this course.

How to book

Each course has a limited number of students.

Due to some problems we’ve had in the past we are now only confirming applications when they have been paid in full. We’re sorry to have to do it this way but people have registered and then not attended the course, excluding others who would have liked to attend.

To book for the course you need to fill in the application form:


Good course for beginners. The coach and course instructors are all volunteers, and they are experienced and skilled rowers. They came across as dedicated and professional, yet friendly and approachable. Good location, a place where you would want to come and row. I am very happy that I was accepted on the course at the GRC, and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to those interested to learn to row.


I definitely enjoyed the learn to row course. It was fun and interesting to learn the right techniques and actually get out on the water in the boat by the second lesson. I found it very easy to pick up as the coaches were encouraging and clear about what to do and gave positive feed back and tips on how to improve. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody who want to learn to row quickly and accurately! Thank you Glebe Rowing Club!


Having never rowed a boat in my life I was a little intimidated. The coaches and club member were all fantastic, very supportive, friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly patient! Highly recommend this course, I now have the confidence to row on my own and I love telling people all about it!


Great course to learn the basics of what is an incredible sport and also a fantastic, low impact workout. The people are very friendly and accommodating and the instructors are very knowledgeable and understanding. A great way to get learn a new exercise, or a gateway to a new competitive sport. This course provides both these opportunities.


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