2020 dates will be announced shortly. You can register interest now by emailing us.




Course dates


What do you think of when you think of rowing?


The pain on the faces of the guys and gals at the end of the Oxford/Cambridge boat race and how exhilarating it looks?

Learn-to-row is a British Rowing affiliated course, designed to take you from complete beginner to aspiring rower. At Lakeland, courses consist of six two-hour sessions, run over a series of evenings or as a single weekend intensive. Working in groups of no more than five students, our coaches will take you through all the basic techniques of rowing and coxing.


Cost: £75 per person

Structure:  Six two-hour sessions


Lakeland's learn-to-row courses are designed for complete beginners. We take a progressive student-centred approach, with our experienced rowing coaches teaching you key boat-handling skills, rowing and steering technique as well as navigational knowledge, and ensuring you develop your ability as a rower while also having fun.


The goal by the end of the course is to be able to row competently in a crew boat of four people plus a cox (or steersperson), and be able to successfully navigate Derwentwater and join our current members out on the lake. We'll then help you progress your rowing to suit your goals, be they recreational or competitive.


To join one of our adult courses, you must be at least 18 years old.


We offer junior learn-to-row programmes through Cockermouth and Keswick schools. Please contact the PE departments direct for further information.


Please choose from the start dates below and book this course online:


2020 dates - to be announced

Or how perfect Derwentwater looks and that you want to get out there and enjoy it?

Redgrave and Pinsent in perfect harmony in Atlanta making something so tough look easy?

Sign up for a learn-to-row course on Derwentwater

Health and safety

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Whatever you think of rowing - we hope you think of rowing with us.

For new rowers, you'll start with one of our six-session learn-to-row courses.

The course

Anyone can take up rowing, but it's important for your instructor to be aware of anything that might affect you during the course. There are two main things to consider before you take to the water:


Can you swim?

Before starting the course, you will need to confirm that you can swim 100 metres in light clothing. If you have any concerns about this, please get in touch for a chat. It may be that you will need to wear a personal flotation device (PFD). This would support you if you ended up in the water.


Do you have any health concerns?

If you do, have a word with your doctor who will be able to advise you. You can also speak in confidence to the club's Welfare Officer, Fiona Hammond, who will be able to discuss your situation and communicate any necessary information to the instructors to enable you to participate safely.