Learn to Row

Our Learn to Row course is based on the British Rowing structure and contains all the information and coaching to take a complete beginner through to competent rower, able to join any crew for an outing and enjoy the Harbour. As part of the course you receive a British Rowing – Learn to Row Booklet, helping you to become more independent and able to explore through rowing in small boats. All members must successfully achieve minimum requirements of capsize and recovery  at DRC to row in small boats with the club this is part of the Learn to Row course.

Further coaching is then available for those who wish to lead outings or go on to compete at any of the local events.

The club can also offer taster sessions for other groups, as we did with Emsworth Sailing Club in August 2018:

Rowing Taster report – Emsworth S.C.

ESC Taster

A strange new craft made an appearance at the Club during Junior Race Week. It didn’t have a mast or sails, and certainly no engine. It was a 25-foot rowing boat, with sliding seats and outriggers, and it was here at the suggestion of Vice Commodore Jane Scott to give members an opportunity to try another kind of water sport.

The boat is one of several belonging to the Dolphin Rowing Club, based at Emsworth Yacht Harbour. They organize beginners lessons and recreational rows on the harbour waters in sweep and sculling boats.

The Commodore, and several Club stalwarts, male and female, enjoyed a trial row after some coaching on a rowing machine on the Club terrace. Our tutor, Anya Loynes from Dolphin, put us through our paces and in a surprisingly short time we were speeding over the harbour waters, even overtaking Terror at one stage.

The impressive and, fortunately, unsinkable training boat we were using was donated to Dolphin by British Rowing, so may well have been the starting point for the British rowers who made headlines at the last Olympics.

The boat will be returning to the Club later in the year – see full details and how to register and keep your eye on the website for new dates if you would like to have a go. It’s fun!

Ian McIntyre