A great way to have fun and keep fit


How exciting that you have decided to give rowing a go! The majority of rowing clubs will support you in learning the skills to row and usually you will learn with other children of similar ages. Rowing provides an environment to make friends and share a fun experience together.

First things first, you will want to find a club that’s running a British Rowing Go Row course; this will be your first introduction to rowing on the water and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to try out new skills. You’ll also learn interesting facts and information along the way as you work through the handbook. The Go Row award is designed to provide a structured route into the sport for juniors.

Go Row Quick Facts

Who can attend?

11 – 18 year olds who want to learn to row, in either fixed or sliding seat boats.

How much will it cost?

This is determined by the facility/club running the award – contact them directly for further information.

What will I get out of it?

The aim of Go Row is to get you out on the water as much as possible.

You will:

  • Learn about safety, both on and off the water.
  • Be able to identify boats and equipment that you will be using.
  • Know what clothing to wear.
  • Learn the correct rowing technique.

How is the award structured?

Go Row 1, 2 and 3 are the three bite-size awards that make up Learn to Row. Each award builds on the previous one with the aim of taking you from the basic skills to improved technique and confidence and increased awareness of safety.

These awards can be done in your own time under the supervision of your instructor.

Go Row is delivered by Explore Rowing accredited clubs/water sport centres.

How long is the award?

This is dependent on the facility that is running the award and will take into account the facility’s environment and participants’ fitness and availability. The award might be run over a series of weekly two hour sessions, or some all-day sessions over a weekend.


You will receive the Go Row handbook that contains lots of useful information including the Go Row Logbook. This logbook outlines the three awards and there is space to tick off each skill as you learn it, and a place for your instructor to sign.

How do I apply?

Find a local rowing club and contact them directly for more details.

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