Beaumaris Rowing Club – Taster Sessions

The taster session introduces newcomers to rowing through a shore-based workshop followed by a short outing on the water. (The workshop and outing together last around an hour and  a half.). Two taster sessions are provided free of charge and then participants may join the Club if they wish.

Rowing is an activity suitable for all ages and physical abilities. You don’t have to be particularly strong or fit to get started.

Wear suitable clothing for the conditions on the day: possibly a windproof coat, under-layers easy to take off and a hat. Bear in mind that rowers are exposed to the elements when they are out on the water!

We board the boats from water up to knee-deep. So you will need to wear shoes and trousers that you don’t mind getting wet. If you have them, Neoprene socks and shoes help the feet getting too cold.

Bringing a change of clothes and shoes might be a good idea.

If you have a buoyancy aid or lifejacket, please bring it with you. If not, the Club will lend you a buoyancy aid.  

Rowers usually bring a bottle of water with them because rowing is quite thirsty work!

The taster session will only take place if the weather conditions are suitable and the tide is not too far out. Taster sessions are not run during the colder months of the year because the sessions inevitably involve some sitting still whilst tuition is being given.


 Introduction to clubhouse and facilities

 Fill in taster form and confirm fitness to row

 Safety briefing: personal buoyancy

 Demonstration on simulator of rowing posture, handgrip & stroke

 Commands used by the Cox

On the water

 In the boat there will be an experienced cox, two experienced rowers and two tastees.

 Boarding safely

 Adjusting foot block etc.

 A short row around half an hour. (Not too long because some of the muscles may not have been used very much recently!)

 If you need to stop rowing for any reason, tell the cox who will stop the boat so you can adjust the foot block, take a layer of clothing off etc.

 If possible, also enjoy the scenery and wildlife!

 Disembarking safely

 Discussion and feedback

If you would like to find out more about Beaumaris Rowing Club, or get involved with the taster sessions, please visit their dedicated rowing website at