Rowing is a sport in which athletes race against each other on rivers, on lakes or on the ocean, depending upon the type of race and the discipline.

The boats are propelled by the reaction forces on the oar blades as they are pushed against the water. The sport can be both recreational, focusing on learning the techniques required, and competitive where physical size and overall fitness plays a large role. It is also one of the oldest Olympic sports. In the United States, high school and College rowing is sometimes referred to as crew.

British Rowing

British Rowing is the National Governing Body for rowing in the UK.

One of British Rowing’s most exciting challenges is to communicate what an incredibly varied and versatile activity rowing is. ‘Explore Rowing’ is the new initiative at the heart of their Whole Sport Plan and their drive to increase participation and create a thriving legacy for the sport.

You can take part in rowing at your local gym, on lakes, rivers, you could try your hand at coastal and surf-rowing and even tackle ocean crossings. They have a Club Finder that can help you get started and find a way of rowing that suits you.

British Rowing’s ‘Explore Rowing’ clubs and new activities are committed to finding flexible ways to row so that they can keep people participating whatever their lifestyle. It’s all about having fun, making friends, being healthy, and sometimes just escaping to a wonderful stretch of water.

Contact British Rowing

Jo Atkinson

Area Participation Manager

Tel: 07818 576 147


Jeff Elms
Development Officer (East Midlands)

Tel: 01205 356 950
Mob: 07818 576 139

Find your Local Club

Search for your nearest Rowing Club using Active Lincolnshires Partnership’s Club Database.