Rowing for all ages


If you’re 12 years or over rowing is a great sport to get fit, meet new friends, have fun and potentially compete around New Zealand.

Bay Coast Rowing Club caters for beginners in the sport and encourages intermediate and high school students to try it out. We also have an active Masters rowing team (aged 27+) accepting new members, including beginners and those wishing to return to rowing. We also welcome younger rowers who would like to learn how to be a coxswain. 


For beginners aged 12+

Our learn to row programme is run by experienced coaches and provides an excellent opportunity to master the basics and get a feel for what is involved in the sport. 

Learn to row sessions for intermediate and high school aged students are run on Sunday afternoons at a cost of $100/term. We normally hold two free give rowing a go days during the school holidays, so you can get a taste of what it's like before you sign up for the term. 

Once completed, intermediate-age students continue to develop their skills through the learn to row programme, while high school age students can join the school and competitive rowing squads (see below). 

Adult learn to row sessions are normally run on a Saturday morning and can be started at any time. The first three sessions are free. Once you are rowing confidently you will be invited to join the Masters rowing team (see below).

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For high school students and young adults

For those who want to be part of a competitive team, training typically occurs 4-6 times per week during the regatta season (September to March/April). 

On-water sessions will normally take place after school on weekdays or on the weekends.

Training includes both on-water sessions and several land-based sessions/week (e.g. ergometer, strength, flexibility and aerobic sessions). The training schedule is dependent on the availability of the coach(es) in discussion with the rowers.  

When do you row?

Our regular week-day rowing sessions take place after school
Weekend sessions are either on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon.

What does it cost?

School and Club membership fees are $1815 per year.

Fees include full use of all club equipment, coaching (at least 100 on-water sessions per year), rowing camp (one week in early January at Karapiro), fuel, registration with RNZ, Club regatta fees, administrative fees, boat insurance and maintenance, but exclude travel and accommodation associated with each regatta.

Reduced fees are available for non-competitive rowers.

Subs are reviewed annually at the AGM.

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For adults (anyone aged 27 and above)

The aim of a Masters rower can be anything from recreational rowing to competing at regattas.

When do Masters row?

Masters train throughout the year, with sessions available on a Tuesday and Thursday at 4.30pm (4pm in winter) and Saturday morning at 7.30am. Other times by arrangement.

You are not obliged to join all sessions and crews are put together at the beginning of each row, depending on the rowers available. 

There are numerous opportunities to partake in regattas throughout the season and you will be supported to train for and participate in these if you want to compete. Masters rowing also focuses on the health and fitness benefits of rowing, socialising and forming friendships.

Membership fees

Masters members' fees are $750 per year.

Fees include full use of all Club equipment, registration with RNZ, coaching, administrative fees, boat insurance and maintenance.

We offer a concession membership for those who wish to join on a casual basis. Please contact us to discuss. 

Subs are reviewed annually at the AGM.

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