Learn to row

The Learn to Row Programme provides a taster for Takapuna Grammar School and Belmont Intermediate School students to experience rowing or coxing at Takapuna Grammar School Rowing club.

We had an amazing season last year, including podium finishes at both the North Island Secondary School Championships and the Maadi Cup National Rowing Championships, and we are now opening our doors to recruit for the 2019/20 season.

We run one Learn to Row programme at the beginning of the Winter Season. The programme is run from our base at Bayswater Marina (& TGS Erg Shed) with the programme consisting of two on water sessions per week (weather permitting) and one land training session. All training is led by our experienced and qualified coaching team.

What are we looking for?


We are looking for year 8 to year 12 students from both Belmont Intermediate School and Takapuna Grammar School who are enthusiastic and have a willingness to learn. Rowing is a physical endurance sport, which requires commitment, teamwork, discipline, strength, technique and fitness.


This is a very important role and requires a very special kind of person who would be able to commit to at least two and preferably more seasons. We are looking for competitive boys and girls with leadership skills.

They need to be small (under 55kg) but with a big personality, to stay calm under pressure, motivate and take control of older, bigger athletes.

This represents an amazing and exciting opportunity for young people to be involved in this wonderful sport at all levels in a very unique role.

Why Row?

Rowing is a fantastic team sport and will help you develop fitness and strength. There are lots of opportunities for trips away, including Rotorua, Mangakino and Cambridge for races and training camps, and Lake Karapiro for major regattas including the North Island Secondary Schools Champs (NISS) and on alternative years Lake Ruataniwha in the South Island for Maadi (NZ Secondary School Champs).

Rowing can make you fitter and stronger for next year’s winter sport season.

Our Coaching Team

The Learn to Row coaching team will be led by Eric (Head Coach) and supported by Kevin, Anton, Jess and Sienna. We will also have some of our Senior Crew Members attending to help out.

All of our coaching team are experienced rowers, coxswains and coaches, and all have represented their club at national finals, and some have represented New Zealand and won medals at both the Rowing World Championships and the Olympic Games.

All of our coaches are fully qualified first aiders, and are also qualified to drive our coach and safety boats and use VHF's when out on the water.

The aim of our coaches is to produce an athlete centred environment that all of our Crew Members enjoy, as well as helping all of our rowers and coxswains to maximise their potential.

Our role is to support all of our Crew Members to develop self-belief, and the life skills of teamwork, responsibility, time management, self-directed learning and motivation in addition to introducing them to the sport of rowing.


The cost for the Learn to Row programme is $200. This fee is payable by the 1st July, and is non refundable, however, if the rower then goes on to join our club, the full cost of the Learn to Row will be deducted from the fees. 

What does the Learn to Row programme involve?

  • Safety information

  • Be introduced to rowing terminology and equipment

  • Learning how to carry and launch a boat

  • Practice getting in and out of the boat

  • Learning the fundamentals of the rowing stroke

  • Training out on the water in our learner boats to start with, moving to rowing in our competition boats with some of our senior Crew Members and progressing to rowing out in Learn to Row crews in our competition boats.

  • Work on overall fitness through our land sessions.

Learn to Row Training Schedule:

  • On Water Sessions (meet at the Bayswater Blue Shed) - please note that on-water sessions are weather dependant - you will normally be notified the night prior if there is any change of plan:

  • Sundays (9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th June): 7.30 - 9am

  • Tuesdays (11th, 18th & 25th June): 6 - 7.30am

  • Land Training Sessions (meet at Takapuna Grammar School Erg Shed):

  • Fridays (14th, 21st & 28th June): 6.45 - 7.45am