• Do I have to have rowed before?  We will teach you everything from scratch.
  • What sort of club is it? The boat club is one of the biggest clubs in the University. We have been reigning BUCS champions since 2004, compete at the highest level and have 5 professional coaches on the staff.
  • What does the programme involve? You will be part of the Freshers’ Group, who train and race together throughout the year. You will be racing mainly against beginners from other universities in eights, fours and single sculls, leading on to national competitions by the end of the year.
  • What sort of coaching is there? You will have your own professional coach, as well as receiving support from several other professional coaches during the year.
  • How often do we train each week? We tend to start with 4-6 sessions per week and build up to around 8-10 sessions a week by the Summer Term.
  • Will there be socials? Yes, there are regular boat club socials and the Freshers always become a close-knit group.
  • When does the racing start? You will start to compete in races as soon as you are ready. This is normally around November/December in the first term.
  • Are there any training camps?  There is a training camp in January before the start of the Easter term, and again in April during the Easter holidays.
  • Will the training be hard? Yes, but we build up gradually.
  • Where does it lead to? This is a fast-track programme for dedicated team-players who love the sport. Several of our Fresher’s have gone on to row for the University, and some have gone on to represent Great Britain in the Olympics after graduating.


If you are interested in the programme we would like to hear from you. Email our 2016/17 Freshers coach Ellie Hizzett at:  learn2row@durham.ac.uk