Your options with us: pick the one that describes you best

Under 18

Under 12

Our minimum age is 12 years, but if you are coming up to that age you should read up about the Junior Development Squad.

If you would like to experience rowing, why not contact Longridge? They offer a range of "try rowing" sessions. We have a good relationship with them and if you are showing promise there that will ease the transition to Marlow RC.

12-15yrs

Junior Development Squad (JDS): For juniors (12-15) to learn to row and race competitively. The aim of this squad is to train athletes for the junior squads. Entry is competitive and open to all who pass our trials.  We take in both scullers with experience and complete beginners who wish to train for competition.  All activity takes place under supervision of coaches with experience of developing successful young crews.

Progression from JDS is by invitation up to the Junior Squads

Note that we have so many keen athletes apply to us each year that we are unable to offer a recreational rowing option for juniors. If you are 17 or older, then the options open to adults are for you. 

 

16/17 yrs

If you have rowed before and wish to race competitively, you should look at the Junior Squads

If you have not rowed before but are approaching 18 you can look at our adult learn to row courses. If you're not in that category, we suggest you contact Longridge about their learn to row programme.

Adult

Novice

Your introduction to the club will be via our Learn to Row and Improver Courses. From there you can move to the Improver Group, which aims to build your confidence to the point where you can go to the recreational or competitive squad that most suits you, or to the point where you can row a single on your own.

Experienced, wants to row competitively

See squad/group list below

Experienced, wants to row recreationally/socially/not sure

If you want to single scull, members can hire club boats or can rack their own boats at the club. We have two stretches of water - from the club up to Temple Lock and from Marlow Lock down to Cookham Lock.

If you want to row with others, the best option is to contact one of the vet squads who should be able to take you out and introduce you to people of the same standard.

Uni Students

If you are a Uni Student who has been rowing at University, or who used to row at MRC before going to Uni? You are welcome to join us for the holidays. If you already know your squad, please contact them direct. Otherwise contact us.

You will be able to join for £18 per month for the time you are here.

If you are a student at Bucks New Uni, there is a special BNU Squad.

Coxes

If you might be interested in coxing (steering and motivating a crew - ideal for small people) or can already cox we are very interested to hear from you. Contact Us!

Para-Rowing

BR Elite Talent Development Pathway

We are one of two bases for the British Rowing Elite Talent Development Pathway.

General Participation

If you have a disability and wish to row, please contact us. We have a long history of para-rowing (disability) rowing and are looking to expand. Please contact us.

 

Our Squads and Groups

Juniors (U18)

Junior Development Squad

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Junior Development Squad (JDS): For juniors (12-15) to learn to row and race competitively. The aim of this squad is to train athletes for our juniors squads. Entry is competitive and open to all who pass our trials.  We take in both scullers with experience and complete beginners who wish to train for competition.  All activity takes place under supervision of coaches with experience of developing sucessful young crews.

Progression: Progression from this squad is by invitation up to our juniors squads.

Training Levels: Water sessions at weekends.

Other Notes: Note that we have so many keen athletes apply to us each year that we are unable to offer a recreational rowing option for juniors. If you are 17 or older, then the options open to adults are for you. 

Junior Squad

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Heidi Long and Ted Treasure - Junior Captains of Marlow Rowing Club 2015 

Junior Squad: A competitive racing squad for boys and girls aged 14-18. Open to those who can already row and who meet the required standard, usually by progression from JDS (and if you cannot row, see JDS above). A fully coached squad. Many of our juniors are successful in GB trials and go onto  row for England. Junior athletes can earn their international vests.

Progression: This is a top performing squad, and we are unable to offer recreational rowing for juniors. Therefore the club pathway out of this squad is to the adult senior squad. 

Training Levels: Full programme, up to 6 days a week with multiple sessions. A high level of commitment is required.

Other Notes: Interested? Contact Us

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Other Notes: Interested? Contact Us

Novices/Beginners

Learn to Row & Personal Coaching

These are paid courses with a qualified coach in small groups or individually. Please see the learn to row page for how these work.

Improver Group

Improvers Group: The Improvers Group meets at 2.30pm on Saturdays.  It aims to provide coaching to those who have completed Learn To Row courses to improve their crew sculling skills and, for those interested, an introduction to sweep-oar rowing. It is a stepping stone both to squads with competitive ambitions and groups with recreational focus.

Entry: Open to all, but intended as link between Learn to Row and the Development Squad/Vet squads/ being able to scull alone or other recreational options.

Training Commitement: No commitment, but the group meets at 2.30pm on Saturdays.

Novice Squad

Novice Squad: A squad for those over 18 who want to learn to row and race competively. Open to men and women. The aim of this squad is to develop racing skills so that you can move into the senior men's/women's squad, as applicable.

Entry: Generally from learn to row courses, or the Improvers Group.

 

Training Commitment: This squad requires time commitment - usually training 3 evenings per week and every Saturday morning from 7.30am. If you are not prepared to make this commitment should see our learn to row options. It has an semi-annual intake in September and March. A fully coached squad. Interested? Contact Us

Adults

Senior Men

Senior Men: The men's racing squad. A fully coached squad that aims to enter major regattas and head races and provide the best mens squad possible for the club.

Entry: Open to those who can already row to a reasonable standard and who are prepared to put in the time commitment.  Most members are 17-35 but if you have the ergo score and the commitment it is open to any adult. Within the club the normal entry routes are via the Development or Boys squads.

Progression: This is a top performing squad. If the time commitment is too high, members of the squad can move to the "Young Masters" group and/or join the recreational side of the club.

Training Levels: 4 evenings a week, some mornings, Sat and Sun mornings from 7.15am until 11.30)

Other Notes: Interested? Contact Us

Senior Women

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Senior Women: See their dedicated page.

Vets/Masters

Young Masters (Vet) Men

Young Masters: This is the "higher fitness" vet squad (of all ages) of those who can row already and who aim to compete. There is no formal/regular coaching in this squad, as the squad members are expected to self-coach and there are many very experienced oarsmen in the group.

Entry: Generally former mens squad members, or experienced oarsmen from other clubs, or members of the Intermediate Masters wishing to move. You should contact us if you want to join this group.

Training Levels: As with all vet groups most members have children and/or a job so training has to fit around that. Sessions are available on weekend mornings, and there is generally a water (summer) or gym (winter) session on Thursday evenings. Individuals within the group vary considerably in the amount of racing and/or training they can or would like to do.

Other Notes: Interested? Contact Us

Intermediate Masters (Vet) Men

Intermediate Vets: This is the "medium fitness" vet squad (of all ages). Again some pre-existing rowing skill is required, but the squad is open to those who qualify as "Masters" (aka Vets) rules who can already row to a reasonable standard. There is no formal/regular coaching in this squad, as the squad members are expected to self-coach and there are many very experienced oarsmen in the group.

Entry: Improvers squad members who have progressed a bit beyond the standard at the end of the learn to row courses, or other veteran members who wish to row/scull in a group. You should contact us if you want to join this group.

Training Levels: As with all vet groups most members have children and/or a job so training has to fit around that. Sessions are available on weekend mornings, and there is generally a water (summer) or gym (winter) session on Thursday evenings. Individuals within the group vary considerably in the amount of racing and/or training they can or would like to do. This is a very flexible squad intended to provide a broad range of opportunities to veteran rowers, not just those wishing to race but also for recreational rowing.

Other Notes: Interested? Contact Us

Older Masters (Vets)

Older Masters: A mixed group of older vets all with long experience. There is no formal/regular coaching in this squad, as the squad members are expected to self-coach and there are many very experienced oarsmen in the group.

This group provides a group rowing opportunity for those in the older masters categories and welcomes new members. Interested? Contact Us

Masters (Vet) Women

 

Masters Women: See their dedicated page

Bucks New Uni

Our BNU squad consists of Bucks New University students. The BNU students join at a special rate and are coached together. They will row for BNU at BUSA (British Uni Sports Association) events and for Marlow RC at British Rowing events.

Para-Rowing

BR Elite Talent Development Pathway

We are one of two bases for the British Rowing Elite Talent Development Pathway. See more on our para-rowing page.

General Participation

If you have a disability and wish to row, please contact us. We have a long history of para-rowing (disability) rowing and are looking to expand. Please see our para-rowing page.

Contacting Us

General queries - Junior Development Squad queries - Learn to Row queries - Dates of Learn to Row Courses - Membership information