9th November 2015

Beginners at Trentham Boat Club

Adult Learn to Row Sessions

During the spring and summer months, Trentham Boat Club normally aims to offer a few adult beginner courses. We welcome adults of every age, sex and fitness. Unlike some taster rowing courses, we don’t stop at the absolute basics but offer the chance to get a more in-depth feel of the sport. Beginner session involve focusing on the basic skills and techniques of rowing and building confidence. Improver sessions then move on to rowing in standard crew boats. All sessions are supported by coaches and more experienced club members. 

UPDATE: We have recently completed our third and final beginner course of 2023 and our learners have done very well, with quite a number joining the Club to carry on enjoying their rowing. We tend not to run courses over the winter because of the shorter hours of daylight and poorer weather conditions. 

We already have a significant number of people on our waiting list for next year. We hope to be able to offer a place to most of those people between Easter and early autumn 2024. This depends on a number of factors. 

Whilst we are happy to accept new enquiries but at this point we can’t guarantee when any places will become available, sorry. Groups are kept small to ensure everyone has the best experience.


  1. You must be able to swim at least 100 metres in light clothing
  2. That’s about it really!


No need for the figure hugging lycra as yet. Learning the basics of rowing is more mentally taxing than it is physically challenging, so wrap up warm (appropriate for the weather conditions) but avoid loose bulky jackets which will tend to get in the way. Ordinary trainers are fine.


The cost of our adult beginner sessions is currently £120, payable in advance. This includes 12 sessions, through the beginner and improver stages of the course.

And if you enjoy trying the sport we love…..

well, once you have done your beginner & improver sessions – we hope you will want to join the Club! Monthly membership is currently £30 a month for adults (paid by standing order).  PLEASE NOTE, THAT AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE CLUB WILL BE DEPENDENT UPON OUR CAPACITY TO ACCEPT NEW MEMBERS.

Taster session for juniors

Under 18 and interested in joining Trentham Boat Club or trying one of our Taster sessions? Then pop over to our junior site to find out more.