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Durham University Learn to Row course and Development Squad

(15 October 2020)

DUBC are looking for individuals who want to become the next group of high performing university athletes.

No previous experience required - tall individuals and athletes from other sports are welcomed but not essential.

The Durham University Learn to Row course was created in response to a request from the college boat clubs, to help with the teaching of new rowers entering the Durham College rowing system. The course has since fed into the Development Squad. It’s aim: to provide those individuals identified as having elite potential with the opportunity to develop further under the guidance of qualified and experienced coaches, as well as taking advantage of the world class facilities provided to the club by Durham University.

The University Boat Club based at the Sports and Wellbeing Park, was recently renovated in 2019 and boasts:

  • The ergo suite complete with 24 static rowing machines, 6 dynamic rowing machines and static bikes.
  • The Sophie Hoskin indoor rowing tank with capacity to accommodate both sculling and sweep rowing.
  • The Robert Gillespie boathouse housing DUBC’s fleet of top-class small boats and larger vessels, located only 5 minutes from Science Site, and 15minutes from Durham City Centre.


On the course you will be taught the basics of rowing, in the form of sweep (single blade) and sculling (two blades) as well as all the basic rowing commands and etiquette. The course consists of six sessions: two on the rowing machine, and four in our purpose-built indoor rowing tank. After the six sessions participants will have the opportunity to trial for the Boat Club’s High-Performance Development Program.


The Durham University Development Squad is one of the university’s and country’s leading programs with regular success at BUCS events and other major high profile National and International Rowing events, such as Henley Royal Regatta. Members of the squad train 8 times a week. Sessions include Strength and Conditioning, sessions on the rowing machines to establish the required cardio capacity, and Water sessions. By the end of the year, Development Squad athletes aim to progress into the senior squad – with scope to move onto the Great British rowing pathway.

Lead coaches include:

  •  Wade Hall-Craggs has been with DUBC for 19 years. Prior to this Wade was a member of the Great British senior team, competing to an Olympic level.
  • Ian Shore has been at DUBC for 4 years and has over 30 years of rowing experience – prior to his time at DUBC, Ian has been Head Coach of Oxford University Women’s Boat Club.
  • Jon Boyle is the Club’s Strength and Conditioning coach. In his 10 years at DUBC, Jon has supported the coaching team in producing athletes of an international standard.

If this sounds like something that would interest you, please check out our social media for sign up links and more information.

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