Social Rowing

The club currently owns two class C touring boats.  These are stable boats that are used for teaching the basics of rowing and sculling as well as for recreational and touring.

Recreational rowing can be considered either as an extension to competitive club rowing or as a ‘stand alone’ activity.  You will have completed a Learn to Row course and be conversant with the handling of a Touring boat and have an adequate level of fitness before embarking on a Tour.

A popular short Tour is occasionally held from Tonbridge town centre to the club at Maidstone, on the River Medway, a distance of approximately 16 miles incorporating 9 manually operated locks. It takes around 8 hours and is well within the capability of most novice rowers.

Some club members participate in one of British Rowings organised annual Tours.  These are held during late summer for up to 80 rowers and is open to all clubs in the country. Rowing over three days, on one of the major waterways or lakes in the country.

Another Touring opportunity is available through the FISA International Tours. These are a week long and take place anywhere in the world where a ‘guest’ country is selected to organise the event.  The number of rowers is usually restricted to around 100 and Competition for places is fierce so early application is recommended.