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Your guide to getting into rowing

Love being on the water? Take up rowing and get fit in the open air.

You can do it solo or as part of a team, and it’s the perfect way to tone up without being stuck in the gym.

From an adventurous ocean competition to a social trip on the river, this sport can be as tough as you want it to be. But it’s guaranteed to get all your muscles moving.

Learn young or take it up when you’ve retired, it’s easy to get the whole family on board.

Find out more about what rowing has to offer.

Over the ocean or along the river

For an exciting, mentally challenging adventure, try ocean rowing. Check out the Celtic Challenge, an overnight continuous race from Arklow in Ireland to Aberystwyth in Wales.

Another fast and furious option is surf rowing. Imported from Australia in the sixties, it’s mainly found along the beaches of Cornwall and South Wales.

A gentler option is river rowing, which offers competitions all year round. There’s not always a prize for finishing first, it’s about taking time to explore the river.

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Disability rowing

‘Rowability’ from British Rowing encourages anyone who has a physical, sensory or learning impairment to start rowing.

Indoor rowing

Prefer being on dry land? Try indoor rowing in a gym or leisure centre.

Try it out

British Rowing offers beginning courses to get you started. Find your nearest club in England, Scotland or Wales