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 Secretary@tgsrowing.org.nz 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. 

Parent Information

Rowing is a unique sport, and there are a few hints and tips to assist Parents and Guardians of Crew Members through the season ahead.

As parents, you are a critical member of Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club. Without you there would be  no rowing and no crew members. Our crew members and club can not operate effectively without your support, and what we need are parents who provide support to help crews to row to the best of their ability and to give their best each and every day.

Rowing brings with it a great need for responsibility, participation and commitment. This is not just for crew members, by having a crew member with Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club this typically means:

  • Becoming an unpaid chauffer- crew members need to get to training sessions which are often before 6am, and they have to be on time to not let their crew down.

  • Helping out - regattas, camps and fundraising can not happen without helpers, Every event needs time and effort to organise, and to make it happen on the day. There is a role for everyone, and the more people involved the easier the load and the more we get done.

  • Being disappointed, elated, confused and over the moon all in one day - welcome to the wonderful world of rowing, it’s normal.

  • Asking millions of questions - this can be done repeatedly and you may still be confused about some of the terminology well into your second season.

  • Fundraising - boats, equipment, out of town camps and regattas all add up to a significant shared fee… and you will be so pleased that you made the investment, you will think it was cheap at double the price!!

Your child’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind or parent you are...

...but having a crew member that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough and tries their best is a direct reflection of your parenting

Your Role at Training and Regattas

  • Be a cheerleader for the whole club, not just your crew member.

  • Please do not involve yourself in the training. let the crew members and coaches do their jobs. Crews need to develop their own unique identities and prepare for races on their own.

  • Any communication with coaches must be via the President or Vice President If you do have any issues or concerns regarding the coaching please send these via email to President@tgsrowing.org.nz or Vice_president@tgsrowing.org.nz who will then liaise with the Head Coach and coaching team to address the matter.

  • Crew members are responsible for carrying boats, oars, checking equipment, loading trailers, cleaning equipment and looking after the boat shed. This responsibility will assist in the appreciation of the plant and equipment within the club, and develop an understanding of what is required to prepare their boats and equipment efficiently and effectively for each race.

  • Regattas are the business end of the sport, like training step back and let the coaches and crew members do their thing. Your role is to cheer and support from the bank. From the time that the crew members leave the supporters tent to go to the boat park and until they return they must be left alone.

  • The off water area and boat parks are always out of bounds for parents. The coaches and crew members have a strict protocol of briefing, preparing, launching, racing, boat recovery and de-briefing that they follow and only when thee crew or lend a shoulder to cry on. This sport is not only tough for crew members and coaches, but on parents also.

  • Resist the temptation to get directly involved in crew matters such as seating selection, race programmes and boat availability.

  • Actively supporting coaching decisions is crucial and avoid making requests for alternative equipment or crew changes.  Crew selections and changes are made with a great deal of prior thought and discussion. Clear criteria regarding a crew members  fitness, strength, performance, attendance, attitude and ‘boat fit’ plus a number of other key factors are reviewed  on a monthly basis, and the coaching team put a significant amount of effort and time into selecting the optimum crew combinations for each boat.

Your Role as a Parent/Guardian

  • Encourage their independence as much as possible. We believe that it is better for each crew member to make their own mistakes and learn for themselves, as improvement often comes from losing not winning.

  • Be prepared for the disappointment of your crew member missing out on being selected for a certain squad, not getting a seat in their desired boat or possibly losing an important race. The completion both on the water and in the club is very strong, and often situations change throughout the season.

  • Emphasis improved performance not winning. Winning is the aim and only happens when performance is better than the opposition. Our crew members have no control over the oppositions performance.

  • Be realistic about your crew members physical ability. recognise that crew members have a wide range of potential, ability and motivation.

  • Recognise rowing for what it is. It is a sport that requires supreme dedication and is both mentally and physically demanding for our crew members. Winning at a national championship requires good planning and management, world class coaching, total commitment and effort from our crew members, and always a little luck.

  • Do not relive your athletic past through your crew member, and do not expect your crew member to fulfil your own ambitions. Remember that success depends upon intense self motivation, the acceptance of sacrifice and a gradual progression towards defined goals.

  • Avoid getting involved in discussions that relate to conflicts that the crews are having and taking sides, not all the facts of the situation may be readily available to you. The intense nature of the sport can create conflicts in the crews, this is to be expected and should be worked out by the coach and the crew members in the first instance.

  • We will need and appreciate your assistance and support throughout the season - and do not worry, you will be asked. It takes a great deal to effectively manage the club and continue to provide a high quality training programme, all through volunteer support and your willingness to help fundraise and support some of the logistical, catering and operational activities required will be greatly appreciated.