18 and over


We are keen to teach every adult who is interested in rowing at Marlow.  Once you have completed a course you can join one of our groups to row either competitively or just for fun. We welcome all ages, male and female, and all levels of interest, from serious athletes to those who want to enjoy the pleasures of rowing along our beautiful stretch of the river.  We teach beginners between 1 April and 30 September.

There are two ways to learn to row.

Crew Sculling Course

This is the perfect way to learn if you have not rowed before or have little experience of water-based sports.  Not only do you get to learn the core rowing techniques, but you have the benefit of doing so alongside other people.  Under this option, you learn in a crew of four people sculling with two oars (a quad).  You will receive 10 coaching sessions from a dedicated coach,  At the end of these sessions, our aim is that you and your crew will be fully capable of rowing a quad by yourselves on the river in normal weather conditions.  There is a short crew assessment to certify this, resulting in the award of a certificate.  Further lessons can be provided if it is felt the crew needs additional coaching before the assessment.  We can also provide additional coaching after completion of the programme if you would like to learn to row in a smaller boat such as a single or double.  The fee for this course of 10 lessons and the assessment is £200 per adult.

Single Sculling Course

This is a great way to learn if you already have some rowing experience or are fully confident on the water.  You will have 10 one-to-one sessions with a dedicated and fully-qualified coach to learn to row in a single scull with two oars. The aim is to ensure you learn the right techniques to get the best out of your rowing and that you are competent to row in a single scull by yourself on the river.  This is judged in an assessment at the end of the programme.  Further lessons can be provided if it is felt you need more experience before taking the assessment.  Once you have passed the assessment, you will be able to row in a single scull or with others in a double or quad in normal weather conditions.  You can also undertake further training to row in a sweep boat if you would like – an eight, four or pair.  The fee for this course of 10 lessons and the assessment is £250.

Following successful completion of either course, we would be delighted to welcome you to one of our many rowing groups and squads within the club so that you can continue to enjoy the sport and develop your skills further. 

The next step is to sign up here with your availability and we will get back to you as soon as possible.