Learn to row

Bristol Ariel runs Learn-to-Row courses for complete beginners or those with only a little experience of our sport.

On the course we will cover the basics of rowing and water safety. Sessions will mostly be in boats with the occasional land-based session.

We run two courses each year - one in the spring and one in the autumn. The spring course is now full but let us know if you'd like to row with us in September.


How much does the course cost?

The course currently costs £130. We don’t offer any rebates for students although if you join the club we offer a reduced student rate of membership. We review the course price each year.


When is the next course?

The next course starts in early September.


What if I can’t make all the sessions?

Most attendees miss a couple sessions. If you think you will miss more than three sessions you should consider a different course as you won’t get value for money. You pay for the full 10 sessions.


Who is the course for?

Age: You must be 18 or over to join the course. If you are under 18 you could apply to Learn to row at Avon County or City of Bristol rowing clubs, who both accept juniors on their course.

Swimming: You must be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing. While rowers in boats rarely capsize on the course it does happen from time to time. Our parent organisation British Rowing requires that all active rowers are able to swim.

Fitness: You do not need to be fit to join the course but you should prepare to work at developing fitness to progress at the club. Ariel is structured into tiered squads which aim to compete in local, national and international races all year round.

Health: You should let us know about medical condition you have that may affect your safe enjoyment of the course. For example, if you have serious back problems we will ask you to talk to a medical practitioner before you can join the course. We always ask you to share information on any medication and allergies as part of the course enrolment process.

Your safety and wellbeing are paramount. All data is processed confidentially.


How do I join the Learn to Row course?

If you would like to join the course you first need to come along to a free indoor rowing session.

Our ‘Go Row’ indoor sessions are supported by British Rowing and will teach you the basic technique.  

You must have attended a free Go Row induction to join the water-based Learn to Row course. We may also run additional tasters closer to the start of the course.

Get started by completing the form below. Just choose ‘rowing’ from the ‘Primary Interest’ section and we’ll be in touch.


What happens after the course finishes?

After the course we hope you will join the club to keep rowing.

You will stick together as a mixed squad for about eight weeks and have weekly coached sessions - as well as access to club sessions and facilities.

After that you can choose to move into the men’s and women’s development squads and beyond. It’s down to you.


Sign up

Please complete and submit the inquiry form to make contact with the Learn to Row team: 

Learn to Row coordinator: Aled Herbert,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .