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Union Rowing Club Learn-to Row Programme

URC offers a six week learn-to row programme, which runs at various times during the year. Contact Deb Hymers-Ross (club captain) 021 273 8115 dndross@xtra.co.nz to register your interest and find out when the next programme is running.

You will learn the basics of good sculling and sweep-oaring technique from a team of experienced coaches.

There will two training sessions per week, each session lasting approximately 1.5 hours. The course will run from the Union RC shed at Kerr's Reach, and most of the teaching will take place in doubles, quads and Octupules.

Times: Monday 5.30 to 7pm, Thursday, 5.30 to 7pm

All ages are welcome. No previous experience is required, but all new rowers will have to be able to swim.

Cost: $150. 00 incl GST, to be paid on the first day of the course.

Indicative course content:

  1. Basic technique training on a rowing machine – Concept 2 ergometers
  2. Introduction to and care of rowing skiffs and other equipment
  3. River safety
  4. The basic elements of the rowing stroke – catch, drive, finish and recovery
    1. Sculling
    2. Sweep-oaring
  5. 4. General fitness for rowing


On completion of the course, new rowers can join the club as members. The LTR fee is deducted from the first yearly annual membership.

New rowers may wish to train for suitable competitive events on the RNZ calendar, or join the URC recreational rowing group.

Contact: Deb Hymers-Ross (club captain) 021 273 8115 dndross@xtra.co.nz