Rowing is known for legendary displays of strength and stamina.

There are two basic forms of outdoor rowing: sweep (one oar per rower) and sculling (two oars per rower). You can row on rivers, lakes, canals and off the coast; in official races or just for fun.

And if the cold winter mornings don’t float your boat (excuse the pun), there’s always the rowing machine at home or in the gym.

 Why is it good for me?

Rowing is a low-impact, cardiovascular exercise. Getting out onto the water can be a great way to clear your head, and leave your daily stresses behind. It’s also a great activity for meeting new people.

How much does it cost?

Most gyms have indoor rowing machines, which can be used as part of your membership or individual session cost.

Outdoor rowing courses and memberships vary on a club-by-club basis.

What equipment do I need?

Comfortable clothes and trainers that you don’t mind getting wet (with sweat if you’re working out indoors!).

The boat, oars and life jacket will be provided for you, and your club and coach can talk to you about any other equipment you might need.

Getting started

British Rowing, the National Governing Body and their affiliated clubs often run Learn to Row courses. They are aimed at complete beginners. For people with no knowledge about rowing, Learn to Row courses carefully build your skills so that you can call yourself a rower!