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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.

What is included?

We offer a 6-part course with a focus on sculling. 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 sessions 2-6 you will be rowing in beautiful Blackwattle Bay (unless the weather won’t allow doing so). You will be allocated a team of two or four rowers and step by step we will teach you how to row. The course is run by one of our coaches and a small number of volunteers (experienced rowers). They will help you through these six 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 for sculling 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.


Course participants must be aged 18 years or over.

(We offer alternative options for 13-17-year-olds but please contact us directly at [email protected] if you are interested)

Days and times

We will run courses at the following times:

·      Wednesday afternoons from 5 pm – 6.30 pm

·      Sunday mornings from 10 am – 11.30 am.


Priority will be given to individuals on our current waiting list (~55 people). If you have any questions please use the form below.


$400 for the 6-week course.


Rowing is a demanding sport, physically and mentally, it is therefore necessary to place some restrictions on participants. All applicants must be healthy and fit and be able to swim 100 metres unassisted.

While we try to accept all applicants for the Learn to Row program, the Club reserves the right to refuse participation in the course, if for example, participation may have adverse health consequences for the applicant.


Our Club procedures are based on Rowing NSW Guidelines. Links to NSW Health COVID-19 rules, Public Health Orders, and COVID-19 Boating updates are on the Rowing NSW COVID-19 information page.

We rely on you to comply with public health orders and we may be required to check your proof of vaccination. What you can do will depend on your vaccination status. We recommend you get your vaccination status linked to your phone.

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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