Learn2Row summer courses

Our Learn2Row membership allows access to our Learn2row course. We are now open for applications.

The course will run for five weeks and will cost £180. Each participant will sign up for one class per week for those five weeks with a mini regatta on the Saturday of the last week.

If there is sufficient interest we will run women and men only sessions. These will be on Monday and Wednesday respectively. All other courses will be mixed.

The weekly programme will be as follows: Unfortunately, all the courses are now full. If you wish to register your interest for 2019 please fill in this form {update as of 20/06/2018}

Monday evening 7pm – 9pm (women only) {course is now full}
Tuesday evening 7pm – 9pm {course is now full}
Wednesday evening 7pm – 9pm (men only) {course is now full}
Thursday evening 7pm – 9pm {course is now full}

*Please note: there are 20 places available in each session. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The course dates are:

Week 1, week commencing Monday 16 July
Week 2, week commencing Monday 23 July
Week 3, week commencing Monday 30 July
Week 4, week commencing Monday 6 August
Week 5, week commencing Monday 13 August

There will be a fun regatta on Saturday 18 August.

Recreational rowing course

We do not currently have any recreational rowing courses scheduled. If you want to row recreationally please sign up for the Tuesday sessions.

To Sign Up for a Course

To secure your place on the course we ask you to complete a few items of administration. If you do not complete everything then you will be noted as being interested in attending but not as having secured a place:

1.Send an email to stating which Learn2row session you would like to attend each week. If you can attend several sessions, or any session, please note this as it helps with our organisation. If you do not say which session you would like to attend we will allocate you as we see fit e.g. ‘I would like to attend the Tuesday evening session’ or ‘I can attend any session on the weekend’ etc.;

2.Download and complete the membership form (v2018.7) and attach it to the above email. If you cannot return it via email, please post it to Lea Rowing Club Limited, The Boathouse, Spring Hill, London E5 9BL. Please mark it FAO ‘Sally Lawrence (Learn2Row)’.

3.If you want to attend the women only session (Monday) or men only session (Wednesday) please state this clearly. At this point we are looking to see what interest there is for this and cannot guarantee these will be offered.

4.State in your email whether you have competed in competitive sport before and are interested in rowing competitively after the Learn2Row.

If you have made an enquiry to attend the course on behalf of someone else, either for them or with them, please ensure they complete the membership form or a membership form in addition to your own.


A place on a course will be confirmed once payment and your completed membership form have been received. Payment of £180 should be made to the bank details below. If making an online bank transfer, please mark it with your name + ‘L2R July 2018’. If you do not do this we may be unable to identify your payment. You may also pay by cheque (made out to Lea Rowing Club Limited) returned with the completed membership form to the address above. We do not accept cash payments.

Bank Details

Please make payments to:

Lea Rowing Club Limited
Sort code 50 00 00
Account 21414920
Bank Natwest

Common Questions / Issues

You will appreciate that for a large course we can receive a lot of questions from applicants! We would be grateful if, in the first instance, you could refer to our website for an answer ( or read through the answers to commonly asked questions below:

How do I find the club? The club can be found here: The club has a free car park to the rear and bicycles can be stored near the building;

What is my payment for? The payment of £180 covers membership for three months starting with the first session and allows access to the Learn2Row course and includes registration membership to British Rowing (the governing body of rowing in the UK) as well as introductory learning materials on rowing/rowing technique. There will be no additional costs for the duration of the course.

Can I pay in instalments? No – payment must have been received before the course commences;

Can I continue as a club member after the course? Once the July course is over you will be offered a number of entry points to the club. These will range from recreational rowing (one session a week) to our Novice/Development squads (four or five sessions a week). The squad which you join will be dependent on you meeting the 2k ergo test entry requirement for that squad. The number of places in these squads is limited and you may be placed on a waiting list to join. Entry to the club will be at the additional cost of the club membership fee (more information can found here Our membership year runs 1 October – 30 September);

Do I need to attend every class? No. It is not a requirement to ‘complete’ the course and become a club member to attend every class. However, we strongly recommend that you attend as many as possible/the majority in order to gain exposure to the basic rowing elements that will help you once you join the club as a full member;

If I cannot make it to my class on a certain week can I swap to a different day? No.

Do I need any special equipment/clothing? No. You will need ordinary gym/training kit: trainers, leggings/shorts/training bottoms, t-shirt or top. We recommend clothing is snug fitting as loose items may get in the way when in the gym/on the water. On the summer course you should wear sunscreen as standard – two hours out on the water and in the sun can cause sunburn. If you attend the evening classes you may want to wear insect repellent as you can be bitten by water based and flying insects. We row in most weather so you should bring a waterproof jacket or cagoule. You should attend every class with a water bottle;

Are the classes gender specific or mixed? The club makes a lot of effort to ensure gender equality at all levels and encourages people to mix in with one another – especially on a Learn2row course. However, we are offer sessions for women on Mondays and men on Wednesdays.

What ages can participate? The Learn2Row is open to all adults aged eighteen upwards. There is no upper age limit, however older participants are encouraged to attend the Tuesday sessions.

Do I need any training/rowing experience? No. This course is designed for all comers, of any age and any sporting background/ability. The course will give you the skills required to become club members and pursue any level of subsequent activity – from recreational to competitive;

Do I need to be a particular size or level of physical fitness to join the course? No. As above, the course is aimed at giving you the skills to become a full-time club member. Once you are a club member we have training programmes and coaching that will enable you to develop your capabilities to the level you wish to participate at; and

Do I need to read anything/learn anything before the course starts? We will take you through all points necessary on the course. However, we do recommend you visit the British Rowing website to find out about the sport.

If you have any further questions please email Sally – secretary [at]

We look forward to you confirming your place on the course and look forward to welcoming you to the club in the summer.