Attributes of a seasoned rower are the leg power of a speed skater, back strength of a weightlifter, endurance of a marathon runner, reflexes of a sprinter and the balance of a snowboarder. Our programme includes a year-round, full-body conditioning activity to ensure our crews are 'regatta fit' - the fitter our crews are the more successful they will be. 

Our coaching team sets the training programme each quarter. This is communicated to all crew members and parents via the Teamer app, and any changes due to adverse weather conditions are also advised by this app.

Please contact our Club Secretary at to be invited to the Teamer app.

Crew Members that are not able to attend training should advise their coaches before 6pm the night prior to training, via the Teamer app, including the reason for their absence. Any last minute absences/issues should be advised by text to their coach.

If one rower is absent from training (without giving notice), it is unlikely that the entire crew will be able to train. Every member in a boat has a crucial role to play and a crew is let down if rowers are missing – it is not like netball, rugby or hockey where crew members can still train fully if team members are absent.

All training sessions, whether on or off water, will normally be on rain or shine (with exception of high winds for on water) so please always attend, unless you are notified otherwise by your coach. Crew Members should bring enough clothing, shoes, food and water to cover all eventualities, as it can get very cold (and wet) out on the water. Full commitment to attend every training session is essential, as is arriving at training sessions on time.

Your Crew Manager or our Transport Manager will liaise with parents to organise a schedule of car pooling/van drivers to transport crew members to any training sessions away from the school grounds (and to camps/regattas). 


Land Training

Our land based training is conducted in our Rowing Performance Centre at Takapuna Grammar School. We have a number of Erg rowing machines and use the school and the North Shore Rugby Club gyms for strength and conditioning training. 

Water Training

We are exceptionally lucky to have our own base for our water training at Bayswater Wharf  

Bayswater Wharf - The Blue Shed



There are compulsory training camps in October and January.

Our camps prepare rowers for the season ahead. The camps are hard work, but also great fun for both crew member and parents, and provide a great opportunity for all club members to form strong relationships.

The learning curve is steep and the camps are always very successful from a technical rowing perspective, for team building and crew member's personal growth.

Camps are organised by the Committee and coaches, but we are heavily reliant on parent helpers to assist in a variety of activities. These include car-pooling, van drivers, catering, boat maintenance etc. A group of parent helpers are required on site during the course of the camps.

Accommodation, transport and catering are organised in advance, and rely heavily on parent helpers to fill the various roles required in the smooth running of the camp.

Nutrition for all is a key requirement as training camps can be quite exhausting. All camp attendees are requested to provide their own lunch for the first day and also to bring a container of nutritional home baking that can be used for post training recovery. Catering is provided for all crew members, coaches and parent helpers for all other day, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated if sufficient notice is provided.


Rowing is a competitive sport and there is no shortage of opportunities for our crews to compete and represent Takapuna Grammar School.  

During the season, the Club will compete in approximately 12 regattas, culminating in the North Island Secondary Schools (NISS) Championships and the Maadi Cup. Competition at all levels is fierce and this provides an excellent development platform for young rowers, in both areas ability and sportsmanship. 

Rowing competitions are called 'Regattas’. Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club provides all rowers with a chance to compete at regattas, although not all rowers attend every regatta. Some regattas are designed for seniors, some for novices, and others for all levels of rowers.

Parents are encouraged to attend the events to support the rowers, with helpers required for transport, catering, boat maintenance and general organising activities.  We have a lot of fun supporting our rowers.  Bring your own picnic lunch, binoculars, camera, chairs, and some reading material is always good to have as there can be lengthy down times between races.

Our Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club tent is our home base and a meeting place to catch up with all other club members, there are some chairs provided at tent for you to sit back, relax and enjoy. Our tent is also used as a base to cater for the rowers (and parent volunteers are also needed for this). 

Crew members  will also have a tent or other shelter in the boat park from where they make their final preparations for each race and go through their debrief and immediate post-race nutrition routines. The boat park is equivalent to the dressing room in other sporting codes. It is the place for the rowers to focus on their racing and it is not a place for parents to visit. Accordingly, parents are asked not to visit the boat park during regattas. 

Once the races are finished, boats and equipment must be loaded onto the trailer. All rowers are expected to stay for any awards ceremony. A roster will determine which rowers will be needed to ensure the boat loading is undertaken quickly and efficiently.