Learn to Row

in traditional Thames skiffs

Learn to row

We’re always keen to welcome new members to the Club – whether or not you have any experience on the water.

It’s up to you whether you want to race, or just row recreationally, paddle here in Walton or participate in events further afield, such as the Great River Race, a row to Thames Ditton for lunch, or an expedition down the navigable, non-tidal Thames from Lechlade to Teddington.  If you want to skiff once a week or more frequently, you’ll find other members with similar interests.  A great way of getting going in 2019 is through our Learn to Row taster sessions for adults (18+).

Learn to Row 2019

This year we are offering free taster sessions of about 1 hour duration on the third Sunday of every month at 9:30 or 12:30

The taster sessions will introduce you to the club and skiffing with instruction being provided by experienced club members. After that, if you decide you’d like to continue skiffing then you have the option of joining the club and paying an annual subscription or paying £25 for three further outings (by arrangement) when we will continue to provide tuition before you make a decision on joining the club (and the £25 would be deducted from you first years membership if you go on to become a club member).

Book your place or contact us for more information: 


Do I need to be fit to take part? Not particularly, but you do need to be able to step into and out of the boat below riverbank level. And you must be able to swim 50m in clothing (we won’t ask you to do this during the course).

What should I wear? Any kind of sports kit and trainers or soft-soled shoes. You really can’t skiff in jeans. And it’s best to avoid tops with pouch pockets – you tend to get you hands stuck in them. And since someone once asked, although many of the photos on this website show people wearing shorts, you do not have to wear shorts.

What age are your members? The course is for adults only (18 or over) but there’s no upper age limit provided you are in good health. We have several members in their 70s who skiff regularly.

Will sessions be postponed if the weather is bad? Not if it’s just raining a bit, but they could be if river conditions make the river too fast-running for beginners to go out safely. If the Shepperton to Sunbury stretch here http://riverconditions.environment-agency.gov.uk/ is showing as being on Red, we will definitely not go out. If it’s Yellow, we will let you know.

Where does the course take place? At our Clubhouse, which is (by road) left off the bottom of Dudley Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 2JY, or via the river bank, about 200m downstream of The Anglers’ pub. Note, this is NOT Walton Rowing Club which is at the end of Sunbury Lane.

How do I sign up? Just contact us using the form above.

Will the bar be open after the session? Oh yes!

I have a question you haven’t anticipated. How can I get an answer? Just contact using the form above or email to learn2row@tvsc.co.uk

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