Learn to Row in traditional Thames Skiffs

Dittons is a friendly club, always keen to welcome new members…and previous rowing experience is not required.

It’s up to you whether you want to race, or just row recreationally. If you want to go further, there’s the opportunity to take part in events such as the Great River Race from Canary Wharf to Richmond or join an expedition down the navigable, non-tidal Thames from Lechlade to Teddington. Whether you only fancy an outing once a week or wish to train more frequently, you’ll find other members with a similar level of interest.

Once you’ve learned the basics you’re welcome to join the social outing on Friday morning at 9.15am or the scratch racing outing from ‘Bridge to Bridge’ (Hampton Court to Kingston) on Saturdays at 9.45am. Existing members will support you in developing your skills and you can also go out on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.

The best way to get started is by joining a Learn to Row Courses for adults (18+).

Learn to Row Courses:

The next Learn to Row course is currently planned for June 22nd/23rd.

Each course is great value at only £30 (payable before the first session) – and we’ll knock that £30 off the price of your first year’s membership if you decide to join. (We’ll also continue to offer new members informal coaching).

Here are some answers to some questions you might have:

Not particularly, but you do need to be able to step into and out of the boat below riverbank level. You need to be capable of swimming 50m in clothing. (You will NOT be asked to do this as part of the course)

Any kind of sports kit and trainers. It’s best to avoid jeans or ‘hoodie’ sweatshirts that have a front pouch for your hands – the oar handles tend to get caught in them.

The course is for adults only (18 or over) but there’s no upper age limit provided you are in good health. We have several members in their 70s who skiff regularly.

For safety reasons the course may be postponed if there’s strong winds, fog or a fast stream. We’ll notify you as early as we can but due to the open-air sport it’s possible – but unlikely – that there may be late notice. If it’s not possible to rearrange the course we’ll refund your course fee.

At our Clubhouse; Albany Reach, Queen’s Rd, Thames Ditton KT7 0QH

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Learn to Row