Learn to Row

The Learn to Row (LTR) course at Glebe Rowing Club is a great way to get out on the water and get some experience in this great sport. Rowing is an excellent cardiovascular workout for everyone.

What is included?

Glebe Rowing Club run Learn to Row (LtR) courses for adults and juniors.  It’s a great way to get out on the water and get some experience in this great sport. Rowing is an excellent cardiovascular workout for everyone.

We offer an 8-part course with a focus on sculling (+ sweep-oar rowing for adults). In the first couple of sessions, you will learn the basic rowing techniques on an indoor rowing machine and get familiar with the rowing shed and boats. In sessions 3-8, you will be rowing on the beautiful Blackwattle Bay in a team of two or four rowers and step by step we will teach you how to row. The course is run by one of our club coaches and a small number of volunteers (experienced rowers). They will help you through these 8 weeks to learn the rowing stroke and how to form a crew and keep you safe and dry. 

We also offer a land based training course on rowing machines to improve your fitness and technique as preparation for the on-water training. The land-based training course is not a pre-requisite to water training but is recommended.

Course requirements


Adult: Course participants must be aged 18 years or over.  

Junior: Course participants must be aged 14 – 17.  For more information on Junior LTR courses and the GRC Junior program contact us.

Days and times

We will run courses at the following times (approximately 90 min – 2 h per day):

  • Adult – Sunday mornings from 10 am – 12 pm
  • Juniors – holiday intensives and/or Saturdays 8 am – 10 am

Our Learn to Row programs are scheduled during February to May and July to September.  This timing helps us to introduce you to the sport and involve graduates into the Club’s novice programs before the club’s regatta season kicks off.  Outside of those months, we run evening land-based training to get fit and ready for the next on-water LtR.

Check the registration link below for the latest dates or email ltr@gleberowingclub.org.au.


Adult: $550

Junior: $300

What will you learn?

Throughout the course we will introduce you to rowing by:

Rowing Technique

Teaching you correct rowing technique for sculling that you can use in the gym and on the water

Experience on water

Instruct in how to row and gain practical experience of rowing on the water


Teach you all the rowing terms, and about boat classes. We will provide you with a comprehensive rowing manual.


Rowing is a demanding sport, physically and mentally, it is, therefore, necessary to place some restrictions on participants. All applicants must be healthy and fit and be able to swim 100 meters unassisted. While we try to accept all applicants for the Learn to Row program, the Club reserves the right to refuse participation in the course, for example, participation may have adverse health consequences for the applicant.

We ask if you are unwell that you do not attend the club, if you need to reschedule a session please contact us.


Good course for beginners. The coach and course instructors are all volunteers, and they are experienced and skilled rowers. They came across as dedicated and professional, yet friendly and approachable. Good location, a place where you would want to come and row. I am very happy that I was accepted on the course at the GRC, and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to those interested to learn to row.
I definitely enjoyed the learn to row course. It was fun and interesting to learn the right techniques and actually get out on the water in the boat by the second lesson. I found it very easy to pick up as the coaches were encouraging and clear about what to do and gave positive feed back and tips on how to improve. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody who want to learn to row quickly and accurately! Thank you Glebe Rowing Club!
Having never rowed a boat in my life I was a little intimidated. The coaches and club member were all fantastic, very supportive, friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly patient! Highly recommend this course, I now have the confidence to row on my own and I love telling people all about it!