Learn2Row Summer 2019

 We are now open for applications.

There are five two hour sessions over five weeks (one per week), with a choice of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, and a fun regatta for all participants on Saturday 17 August. The cost is £180.

Each participant attends the same evening each 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 dates are:
Monday evenings 15 July–12 August (women only)
Tuesday evenings 16 July–13 August
Wednesday evenings 17 July–14 August (men only)
Thursday evenings 18 July–15 August
Regatta 17 August

The sessions start at 7pm. There are 20 places available in each session. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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.

How to sign up 
To secure your place 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. Please state your order of preference e.g. Thursday 1, Tuesday 2 etc. and also state if you can’t attend on a particular evening. We will do our best to give you your preferred session.

2.Download and complete the membership form v2018.8 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.

Confirmation will be sent 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 + ‘L2R2019’. 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 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 is located at the foot of Spring Hill, Clapton. Our postcode is E5 9BL. The closest stations are Clapton, Stamford Hill (Overground) and Seven Sisters (Victoria Line). We are also served by bus routes 253 and 254 via either Hackney Central or Finsbury Park. The club has a free car park to the rear and bicycles can be stored (at own risk) near the building;

What is my payment for?
The payment of £180 covers membership for from the first session to 30 September and allows access to the Learn2Row course and includes 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 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 (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 annual 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 session. 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?

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. In the summer you should wear sunscreen as standard – two hours out on the water and in the sun can cause sunburn. 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 session 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 the Summer Learn2row. However, we offer sessions for women on Mondays and men on Wednesdays.

What ages can participate?
The Learn2Row is open to all adults aged eighteen upwards (our oldest rowers are in their 80s – age is no barrier), 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 sessions are 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; 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.