Patricia Carswell |

Life on the river: the newbie’s guide to rowing

Award-winning blogger and journalist, Patricia Carswell, shares her latest rowing adventures in her exclusive British Rowing blog – Life on the river.

You’ve completed your learn to row course, taken a deep breath and said, “I do” to the sport of rowing, for better or for worse. If you’re feeling a little daunted or bewildered, that’s totally understandable – we’ve all been there. So, here are a few words of advice to help you along the way as you navigate the rocky road from beginner to regular rower.

1 – Row, row and row some more

The best way to get better at rowing is to row. As much as you can. Get out on the water as often as possible. Offer to sit in whenever there’s a seat in a boat going free, especially if it’s with a more experienced crew. If there’s coaching available, get some. And if you have the chance to try a different type of rowing (sweep if you started with sculling, say, or having a go in a single), take it. Depending on your club’s set-up, you may need to be assertive and persistent, but it will be so worth it.


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