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 that is also low impact on the body.

What is included?

Led by a qualified rowing coach, this course starts with a 3 hour session on the first Sunday of the program with an on-land introduction to rowing and rowing terminology. In that first session we will also get you out on the water for a try of the real thing. Over the next three Sunday mornings you will attend a 2 hour 30 min session each week to improve your skills and gain confidence in the sport of rowing. You will also receive a comprehensive rowing manual that is yours to keep.
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.

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.
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!


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.
  • Week 1: Sunday 8.30am to 10.30am: Introduction to rowing and getting out on the water
  • Weeks 2-4: Sunday 8.30am to 10.30am: Improving your skills
We have a special Junior Learn to Row program that runs over a weekend, on Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am to 2.00pm. This Junior LTR is open for juniors from 13 to 17 years of age.


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.

Starting Dates

Following are the next scheduled LTR course dates:
  • 13 August to 4 September 2017 (Full)
  • 8 October to 29 october 2017 (Full)
  • 9 December to 10 December 2017 (Junior LTR)
  • 21 January to 11 February 2018(full)
  • 25 February to 18 March 2018
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!

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 in the past 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:
  1. Fill in the application form Directly complete our online form (see below): Or you can download the form (see below), fill in and sign and send it to us at
  2. Pay for your course You can pay in two ways.
      • Direct Deposit Please use the following details for your payment:

        Name: Glebe Rowing Club
        BSB: 951 200
        Account No: 012 681 381
        Payment Reference: Your name and "LTR"

      • PayPal/Credit Card You can also pay via credit card or PayPal using the Buy Now buttons below. Note that these payments incur a small credit card processing fee as noted in the table below.
    Select LTR Start Date:
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.

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