Learn to Row

Did you watch the Olympics and now feel inspired to aim for Tokyo 2020? Or wandered along the river banks in the summer watching rowing boats speed past you and considered giving it a try? Minerva Bath Rowing Club could be the answer you've been looking for and if you've got as far as looking at this page why not give it a try?


You don't need to have any previous rowing experience to take part in the courses and we welcome all age groups and levels of fitness.

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Learn to Row Courses

Club Course

Minerva offers a couple of Club Courses throughout the year. These consist of a 5 session rowing starter course designed to give you the basic skills and confidence around a boat. Sessions run on one Saturday afternoon and four Sunday mornings.

If this gives you a taste for rowing you can join the beginner squad which is designed to give you the ability to become a competent rowing member of the club. This will give you the freedom to decide whether to take up the sport competitively joining one of our training squads or concentrate on the sociable aspects of recreational rowing.

Cost: £110 for 5 sessions. Then you can join immediately and start paying membership for weekly beginner sessions.

Accelerated Course

This course is aimed at people who are already fit and are aiming to transfer from another sport and progress quickly. The course last 5 weeks and consists of two water-based sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and two ergometer training sessions on weekday evenings.

At the end of the 5 weeks, those who want to continue will carry on training on the same schedule. The aim will be for you to be racing within the first 12 months.

Cost: £200 for 5 weeks. Then you can join immediately and start paying membership to continue with four sessions a week.

Midweek Sculling Course

This course is aimed at people who prefer to row on weekday mornings. It consists of one two-hour session every Monday or Wednesday morning for 5 weeks. At the end of the course you will be able to join Minerva and continue developing your skills in a supervised sculling session, also on a Monday or Wednesday morning. Once you have progressed sufficiently you will also be able to row in supervised sessions on other weekday mornings. When you have passed a Competence Test you will be able to row when you like.

In this course you will be taught how to scull, but once you have completed the 5 week course, you will also have the option of rowing sweep (one oar) at weekends with the beginner squad.

Cost: £110 for 5 sessions. Once the course is finished you will be able to join Minerva (at a cost of £25 a month) and continue sculling on a Monday or Wednesday morning (8:45 - 11:00am) in a supervised sculling session, and at other times, subject to supervision.

Minerva is a community club. Bursaries are available if cost is a barrier to participating. Please contact the Chairman or Secretary in confidence for more information.

Next Courses

Midweek Sculling Course


Midweek Learn to Scull courses for 2018 will take place on Wednesday mornings from 08:45am to 11.00am over five weeks on the following dates:-

2nd May to 30th May
6th June to 4th July
5th September to 3rd October
Cost £110

Your Coach will be Ching Kilby


In addition Ching will be running a four day refresher course for anyone wanting to return to rowing in singles or doubles. This will take place from 08:45am to 11:00am on the following dates:-

July 16th to July 20th

Cost £110.


To book your space, click on book now link below



1. These courses are intended for adults only (18 or over) and applicants must be able to swim 50m.
2. Applicants must sign temporary membership form for insurance purposes for course duration.
3. It is recommended to bring a drink in a plastic bottle.
4. Make sure you wear clothing appropriate for rowing. You are likely to catch your hands on baggy items of clothing.
5. If you wish to join the club at the end of your course, you will need to attend a capsize drill.