Junior Learn to Row - currently SUSPENDED due to COVID-19

Designed for anyone between the ages of 12 (Year 8) and 18 years old that would like to learn how to row. If your child is younger than this but still keen to get involved we can teach them the fundamentals of rowing from the coxswain seat. Membership for coxswains is FREE!!

Held most Sunday mornings (subject to coach's availability and competition), meeting at 10.00am in front of the clubhouse ready for a 10.30am start (you must book).  We suggest you aim for the first Sunday of each month.

At the time of booking, you will be provided with a registration form.  Please complete this form and bring it with you to your first session and give to the coach.

Our volunteer coaches have a wealth of coaching experience with some of their rowers progressing to state and national representation over the years.

To book your first session please contact the Captain's Team - essrccaptain@gmail.com

It is a safety requirement that you can strongly swim 50m fully clothed and unaided.  If you cannot swim, unfortunately, you are unable to participate in rowing.  We do not wear life jackets in rowing. 

Coaches generally break from Easter for approx. 4 - 6 weeks, with rowing usually beginning 1st weekend in June.

General Rowing info

Training is free for the first four Sunday Learn to Row sessions using our volunteer coaches.  Afterwards, you can decide to take up membership with ERC (click here for info).   Sessions can be cancelled due to bad weather, or conducted inside on the rowing machines.

Other costs include:

  • Regatta entry fees; which vary depending on the event.  An average of $15 - $20 per event, with usually two events per regatta;
  • Travelling costs and any accommodation required;
  • A racing uniform (zootie) is approx $90.  Can be purchased at a later time when ready to compete.

Normally, a beginner can take between 3 and 6 months before they are ready to race, depending on how often they train. 

The summer season starts in early September and finishes in April with regattas on most weekends held in various venues such as in the City on the Yarra river, Geelong, Footscray, Nagambie, Ballarat etc.

The winter season is a lot shorter going from mid May to end of July with most events on the Yarra in single sculls and entry only by those enthusiastic enough to brave the cold!

Coaches determine which events are best suited for the rower/crews and will make the regatta entries accordingly.  Coaches also select the crew combinations based on best combinations for a positive experience.  As they progress in the sport the training becomes more intense and more frequent.

We ask beginners once they have joined the club, to train at least one extra session per week & preferably two aside from the Sunday sessions. 

Currently the junior squad numbers vary each year from approx at least 10 to 50 boys & girls aged 12yrs to 18yrs with most of these regularly rowing & training each week.

48 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds 3039  | Phone: (03) 9370 1973

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