Furnival Sculling Club

Furnivall Sculling ClubRowing club based in Hammersmith, London. Established 1896

Learn to row

Our next course will start in Spring 2020. Please get in touch with us nearer the time if you'd like to join.

If you have rowed a small amount before or train/compete at a high level in other sports, we may still be able to accept you into the squads before the course starts. We would be happy to hear from you: please email the Club Captain (information@furnivall.org) with details of your background.


At Furnivall, there’s nothing that we enjoy more than teaching people to row. Some of our "home-grown" rowers went on to compete at the Commonwealth Games… so who knows, that could be you next!

You don't need any previous experience of rowing or sculling: we’ll teach you everything that you need to know.

We'll take you to a purpose built indoor rowing facility where you can practice rowing together. And then it’s out in boats on the Thames with experienced coaches, coxes and crews.


When is your next course?

The next courses will be in 2020. If you're interested in taking part, please email beginners-AT-furnivall.org to register your interest.

What are the requirements?

You must be over 18, be able to swim 50 metres and reasonably fit. That’s it.

How long is the course? What is involved? 

The course lasts eight weeks and will involve three sessions per week: a land session on the rowing machines on Wednesday evenings and two water session during late morning or early afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays.

How fit do I need to be?

Rowing at its highest level is an incredibly demanding sport. But when you are starting out, a basic level of fitness is all you need. If you are used to working out at least twice a week, you’ll be fine.

Do I need to be very tall?

We’re not going to say that being tall does not help! But much more important is having a willingness to train and ability to learn from coaches and other rowers.

Where is the course based?

At Furnivall Sculling Club just up from Hammersmith Bridge. It’s a beautiful place to row our: South facing clubroom has an incredible view of the Thames and sits above our boathouse, full of an extensive fleet of boats. Our facilities include a well-stocked weights room and an indoor-rowing room packed with Concept 2 rowing machines. We also have a great bar!

What do I need to wear?

For learn to row, you do not need any specialist rowing kit: basic gym wear will be fine. It’s a good idea to wear close fitting kit so you do not get caught up in it when you are out on the water. Wellies are necessary for getting in and out of the boat but you can borrow some of ours if you don't have your own. And bring a change of clothes: rowing is a watersport and we don’t stop for rain!

Does it matter if I can't make every session?

There is a steep learning curve at the beginning of rowing and experience tells us that those who do not miss sessions go on to make the best rowers. Plus rowing is a team sport and we need the right number of people at each session to be able to get boats out. So preference will be given to those who can attend every session.

How much does the course cost? 

The 2019 course was £180. We ask for a small deposit, of £30, when you sign up so that we know you're committed to taking the course. The deposit will be fully deductable from the final course fee.

What happens at the end of the course?

Those who graduate from the course will be given the opportunity to join the club to continue their development. Your first year will be spent developing your technique and fitness, along with competing in novice events in London and beyond. From there, we’ll support you towards competing in our top crews and representing us in major national races.

We look forward to meeting you: please email beginners-AT-furnivall.org to register your interest!

Our Learn to row class 2017 training on the
A coached session in the rowing "tank" Graduates of one of our courses
winning their first race


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