The UWBC novice programme provides the opportunity for anyone to take up competitive rowing. With strong training schedules through all three terms, after a year in the novice squad a great many choose to continue into senior squad training. Socially the squad is very active, with the club meeting regularly for events away from the water.

At Warwick beginners are a crucial part of our club’s success and as such we have a thriving contingent of new rowers every year. Whether you’re a former top athlete in another discipline or you’ve never been the sporty type before, Warwick Rowing is interested in you. Our beginner programme is designed to take completely novice rowers from their first rowing stroke up to competent oarsmen and women, along the way developing physiology, mental strength and team work skills. Alongside rowing on the water and rowing machine we develop knowledge and skills in cross disciplines such as weightlifting and nutrition. Training plans are provided and monitored by a team of dedicated coaches and all aspects are covered. Our programme at Warwick produces successful athletes year on year.








The first term is spent learning the basics of rowing technique and terminology as well as fundamentals of athleticism and weight lifting technique. Due to the nature of the sport and the club, there is a selection process for both Men and Women half way through the term, but don’t worry, it is our aim to give you all the skills required to perform to your very best! This selection process picks out the best potential from each squad to take forward in developing. During the first week of the Christmas Holidays, those who pass the selection process go on a development training camp in the UK. This is a crucial trip for our beginners as it gives significant time on the water improving skills.


In term two we move on to developing your physiology and mental toughness with weights, the rowing machine and cross training. You’ll learn how to approach a training session in the most productive way. This term sees your first chance at external racing with several time-trial ‘head’ races, normally held over times of 10-20mins depending on the race. These include the Men’s and Women’s Head of the River Race in London over the Boat Race course, normally attended by up to 400 crews, and the BUCS Head, normally held in Peterborough and attended by all the university boat clubs. On top of this we attend several smaller races around the country.


The summer term sees the beginning of shorter regatta races, generally held over 1-2km. The training moves towards learning the ebb and flow of a regatta race as well as preparing skills you’ll need for the transition into the senior squad at the end of the year. At the end of the Easter Holidays we go for a second one week training camp to the Netherlands to prepare for the second BUCS event of the year. Racing moves to regattas, side by side races on lakes or rivers and these continue throughout the term. Unlike many other sports at Warwick that stop at this point, we’re just getting started and this is really what all the hard graft over the year is about. This is a mixture of multi-lane regattas such as BUCS (the kind of racing you see at the Olympics) and one-on-one knock out competitions. For the beginner first boats the often culminates in Henley Royal Regatta or Henley Women’s Regatta qualifiers to see where you sit against some of the country’s best.