Learn to Row in Cambridge

Learn to Row in Cambridge

Champion of the Thames Rowing Club Cambridge (Champs)


We have had to postpone inductions during the Covid-19 pandemic. We take the safety of everyone very seriously and we do not believe we can safely coach beginners in the current covid climate. If you are interested in learning to row when it is safe to do so, please read the details below and complete the form. Our Inductions Officer will be in touch with you as soon as we start our inductions again.


We are a friendly club that finds a balance between life and rowing, with most crews going out twice a week (usually a weekend morning and a weekday night) complemented by optional indoor training sessions (rowing machines, weights, core training and yoga). We are a competitive club, entering a number of races on and off Cam, with opportunities to progress up the squad based on ability and commitment. The top boats train most days on and off the water.


Please note…

  • Inductions will take place on Monday and Friday evenings from 18.00 or 18.30 (depending on daylight).

  • The first three sessions are free ‘taster’ sessions. If you want to continue after the taster sessions, you will be asked to pay £70 for the remaining induction sessions up to bumps week in July.

  • It is important that you are able to swim 50 metres in light clothing; and have sufficient general health so that a moderate amount of exercise won’t cause a problem.

  • You must be over 18. Under 18s please contact our junior rowing squad.

  • The induction sessions will involve indoor training on ergometers, use of the training ‘tub’ boat, and sweep rowing in coxed boats of 8 (and occasionally 4). All outings will be supervised by a coach on the bank.

  • The induction is for sweep rowing (one blade each) and does not include scull rowing (two blades each).

  • At the end of your induction course, you will have the opportunity to join the club, on the condition that the coaches are confident that you are ready to join a crew and you are able to commit to their sessions.

  • Inductees should be aware that most club members row at least twice a week (one weekend morning and one weekday night).


To enquire about learning to row, please fill in the following form: