Beginner course

Start rowing in our beginner course

Beginner course

Overview of the course:

  • Rowing in stable 4 person boats
  • 1 hour per class
  • Rowing in a team
  • Suitable for beginners/novices
  • Learn basic technique in theory and practice
  • Coaching and guidance from our rowing instructors

Each course is 8 weeks long.

When you have finished the Beginner course, you can deepen your understanding in the development course.

No previous experience required

Duration per course
8 weeks

8 weekly lessons of 1 hour each

TopRow Haarlem
Noord Schalkwijkerweg 101
2034 JA Haarlem
Map & Directions

Januari – December
Overview of Start Dates


Your first lesson
Please note that participants, after changing in your rowing kit, need to report at the desk next to the bar, where the head coach is waiting for you 5 minutes before the start of the lesson . The coordinator will introduce you to your rowing coach and your teammates.

TopRow Haarlem houses with rowingclub Amphitrite. We have changingrooms and showers availible. With the heart of Haarlem just around the corner we offer a quite retreat from the the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy your rowing.

The best clothing to wear is elastic, soft and breathable in combination with a simple pair of sports shoes. Loose trousers or T-shirts can get caught in the wheels under your rowing seat. Loose tops can remain hooked in the oars. Therefore, avoid voluminous coats or sweatshirts. Generally the advice is to dress up as if you were going to run; with tight pants and shirt/jacket. Additional tips:
• Water bottle
• Hats (against the sun or rain)

Frequently asked questions

What is a rowing course and how does it work?

At 6 times in the year, a rowing course of 8 weeks starts. You can sign up individually. We will schedule you together a team of up to 4 people. You can also compose a team of 4 people yourself.

I've never rowed before. For which rowing course can I register the best?

The beginner course

What happens if I complete the beginner course?

You can then sign up for the follow-up course: the development course

And after the development course?

Then you can start with the experienced course. You will learn a new form of rowing, with two oars, called sculling.

Where can I sign up for a rowing course?

On the homepage, as well as on the page of the relevant course.

When will I receive a confirmation of my registration in a team?

After completing and submitting the form, you will receive a confirmation in the mail that the form has been sent. In the week preceding the course you will receive an email with the day and time we have been able to schedule you. After that you will receive an email with the invoice for the rowing course.

Do lessons proceed in bad weather?

Yes! Rowing is an outdoor sport that has proceeds in all weather types. Also with rainy and windy conditions. If the weather is so bad that we cannot proceed outside, an alternative program will be organized.

Should I be able to swim?

In order to participate in all rowing activities at the Rowing center, you must be in possession of swimming diploma A (or similar).

Are there also rowing courses for juniors?

At this moment we dot have rowing courses for youngsters.

What is the refund policy?

When signing up for the rowing course you agree to the Terms and Conditions. Once you are scheduled for the course there is no refund of the amount possible. The withdrawal of the course is possible up to 2 weeks before the course starts. We will charge an amount of €25,- administration fees in that case.