Development rowing course

Deepen your knowledge of rowing!

Development rowing course

The development programme is designed for individuals who have already completed the Novice/Beginner course or have some prior rowing experience. The course focuses on improving technique and building endurance, with the aim of allowing rowers to continue to progress and improve their skills. This course places higher emphasis on refining rowing skills, improving performance on the water and developing a better understanding of the sport. The aim is to help rowers achieve greater proficiency, whether they are looking to train at a higher level or simply want to continue to improve their skills and enjoy rowings’ many benefits.

When you sign up for the TopRow development course, you will row at the same time and day every week. Based off your preferences, we will allocate you a 1 hour slot which will repeat weekly for 8 weeks.

Overview of the course:

  • 1 hour per class
  • Suitable for everyone who have completed the Beginner course
  • Learn basic technique in theory and practice
  • Coaching and guidance from our rowing instructors
  • Rowing in stable rowing shells (LiteBoats)

When you have finished both of the courses Beginner and Development, you can start a new challenge to take the Experienced course!

Completion of the Beginner course

Duration per course
8 weeks

8 lessons of 1 hour each

Start dates
Annual program


Embankment, Putney,
London SW15 1LB
map & directions

Our newbie rower Maggie has written a blog about her experiences during the first two Learn to Row courses. Please have a look and get an nice insight in our program.


What class should I sign up for if I have never set foot in a boat?
If you’ve never rowed before or have limited experience the Beginner course is the best course!
What happens after I complete the Beginner course and I want to take another class?
Sign up for the development course! It’s an eight-week course that allows you to take your skills to the next level.
Do I need to know how to swim?
To join our adult rowing programs, yes. Rowing takes place on the water, and while falling out of the boat is very unlikely, it is possible. Therefore, each class participant must confirm that they are able to swim when they register for our classes.
Do you require a swim test?
We do not require adult rowers to pass a swim test. They must confirm during registration that they can swim.
What is the refund/credit policy?

No refunds will be given once the program has started. If you withdraw at least two weeks before the first session, you will be credited for the class, minus a £50 processing fee.

Do I need to attend all classes?
Since the skills you learn in rowing are cumulative, it is important that you make every effort to come to each class so you learn along with your group. You should communicate with your coach in advance if you cannot make a class.
Can I make up classes that I miss?
No, unfortunately, we do not offer make-up classes.
Do we still have class in inclement weather?
Yes! We row on the water in the rain and the cold, but if there is thunder and lightning or it is very windy, we have an alternative training. Classes will not be rescheduled due to weather.
What should I wear?
Layers are your best bet for cold weather rowing. Keep in mind that the clothes you wear will very likely get dirty so please wear clothing that you do not mind getting wet. It is best to wear form-fitting clothing like Lycra. This type of clothing is less likely to get in the way while rowing.
Are there showers and changing rooms at the boathouse?
There are showers and a small changing room. Feel free to change once you arrive at the boathouse.
Where can I park?
Parking at the Putney Embankment is not advisable, however, there are some limited streets to find parking.

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