Furnival Sculling Club

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

Learn to row

We will start our next course in May 2019, for both men and women.

Our 2018 Learn to Row class
getting ready for their water session

Our Learn to row class 2017 training on the

Our 2017 Learn to Row class in the
indoor rowing tank

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 start with a "taster" session on the indoor rowing machines so you can learn the basics and see if rowing might be for you.

Then we 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 coxes and crews.


When is your next course?

The next courses will start around middle of May 2019. Please check back here nearer that time for more details.

What are the requirements?

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

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 super tall?

We’re not going to say that being tall does not help! But much more important is having a willingness to train and a great attitude. At Furnivall we have traditionally had our biggest successes in lightweight rowing (men weighing less than 72.5kg and women less than 59kg) so size isn’t everything!

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 our extensive fleet of racing shells. Our facilities include a well stocked weights room and an ergometer 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 absolutely 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 do not have your own. And bring a change of clothes… rowing is a watersport and we don’t stop for rain!

How much does the course cost? 

The course cost for 2019 is currently being finalised. We'll confirm well in advance of you signing-up.

How long is the course? What is involved? 

The course lasts six 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.

Does it matter if I cannot 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.

What happens at the end of the course?

Those who graduate from our learn to row courses will be given the opportunity to join the club to continue their development. Year one 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!

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