Learn to Row

Learn to Row 1 & 2

Learn to Row 1 & 2

Rowing is a healthy and complete outdoor sport that you can practice throughout the year. TopRow offers Learn to Row courses all year round giving you consistent opportunities to get out on the water. Our Learn to Row courses are a fun way to get fit, achieve mental well being, meet new people and enjoy one of the most the beautiful and picturesque rowing venues in the world on the Yarra river against the backdrop of the city! You will gain an insight into the world of rowing, learn the basics of the sport and enjoy the stunning scenery around the Yarra River.

Overview of the course:

  • 8 x 1 hour sessions
  • Suitable for complete beginners/novices
  • Learn basic technique of sculling in theory and practice
  • Coaching and guidance from our rowing instructors
  • Rowing in stable rowing shells

This course is 8 weeks long. The Learn to Row 2 program picks up where Learn to Row 1 left off. Deepen your rowing knowledge and skills during this subsequent eight-week course.


LTR 1: No previous experience required

LTR 2: Complete L2R 1

Duration per course

8 weeks


8 lessons of 1 hour each

Start times available


6:00pm, 7:00pm


6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30am


9:00am, 10:00am,

11:00am, 12:00 (noon)


1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:40pm


Start dates LTR courses

Annual program




7 Boathouse Dr.
Melbourne VIC 3004
map & directions



What course should I sign up for if I have never set foot in a boat?

The Learn-to-Row 1.

What happens after I complete the Level 1 Learn to Row and I want to take another class?

Sign up for a Learn-to-Row 2 class an eight-week course that allows you to take your skills to the next level or if you’re looking for a more personalised experience and quicker progression why not try a private lesson?

Do I need to know how to swim?

Yes. Rowing takes place on the water, and while falling out of the boat is very unlikely, it is possible. Therefore, each class participant must confirm that they are able to swim when they register for our classes.

Do you require a swim test?

We do not require adult rowers to pass a swim test. They must confirm during registration that they can swim.

What is the refund/credit policy?

No refunds will be given once the program has started. If you withdraw at least two weeks before the first session, you will be credited for the class, minus a 50 dollar processing fee.

Do I need to attend all classes?

Since the skills you learn in rowing are cumulative, it is important that you make every effort to come to each class so you learn along with your group. You should communicate with your coach in advance if you cannot make a class.

Can I make up classes that I miss?

No, unfortunately, we do not offer make-up classes.

Do we still have classes in inclement weather?

Yes! We row on the water in the rain and the cold, but if there is thunder and lightning or it is very windy, we have an alternative training. Classes will not be rescheduled due to weather.

What should I wear?

In warm wether you will want to make sure you’re protected from the sun so hats and glasses are highly recommended. In cool or wet weather layers are your best bet. Keep in mind that the clothes you wear will very likely get dirty so please wear clothing that you do not mind getting a little wet. It is best to wear form-fitting clothing like Lycra. This type of clothing is less likely to get in the way while rowing.

Are there showers and changing rooms at the boathouse?

There are showers and changing facilities however we currently do not have full access to these facilities at the boathouse due to covid-19 restrictions. We strongly advise that you arrive on site ready to row. In future as restrictions ease we hope to have full access.

Where can I park?

There’s free parking on weekends on Boathouse Drive. Otherwise there is paid parking all along Boathouse Drive on weekdays.

Are we required to be fully vaccinated to take part in the courses?

Yes. Following guidelines and advice from the Victorian government, the Chief Health Officer, the sport’s governing body – Rowing Victoria and our partners at Richmond RC we require that all our participants and employees are fully vaccinated from Covid-19 so that we can safely and confidently get back to doing what we love – rowing. Click the link below to see what you can use to verify your vaccine status (Rest assured any medical and health information given will not be shared or stored) https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof

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