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Novice Club Rowers

Caters to both Men and Women who want to get into rowing but have never raced before.

Novices competing in this group are generally aged between 17 and 34, with the main target of

becoming fit and confident in their rowing, and competing in the Novice bracket at NZ Club

Championships (NZCC) in February.

Novice Learn to Row programme

From time to time WRC offer a Learn to Row (LTR) program which is aimed at men and

women of all ages and abilities who would like to learn to row. This is an introductory

non-competitive course where anyone has the opportunity to try rowing in a fun and

safe environment. NOTE: At this time of the season, our LTR program is on hold. As we

require four or more rowers to run each programme, we take emails expressing interest and

will then get back to you when the next LTR will be scheduled.

The LTR programme caters to:
  • entry level path for younger athletes who would ultimately like to compete at club level

  • older or less athletic folk who would simply love to learn to row, get into masters rowing,

  • or keep fit and join in on the camaraderie

  • team building opportunities for groups or businesses


Who are you

If you have rowed before, and are between 16-34, you most likely fit into one of the following

Club Squads: Junior, Intermediate, Club or Senior. These squads are based on your level of

experience, and will be your racing grade for regattas. Our Club rowers range from school

leavers to ex-olympians, and everyone in between.

Who are we

At Waikato Rowing Club, we deliver a holistic athlete program, that can be tailored to the

individual’s needs, whatever their rowing goals may be. WRC has an experienced coaching

team that is committed to the development of each member, both on and off the water.

We make great rowers, but we also make great people. WRC encourages social engagement,

fun and fitness - a major focus for the development of our intermediate and club grade

rowers. WRC also prides itself on facilitating competitive rowers looking to advance in

the sport. We offer an elite level programme for our senior rowers and look to work

alongside the Waikato RPC to provide our rowers with the best pathway forward to making

the RPC or NZ crews in the seasons ahead. This program attracts over-seas olympians and

national champions to come and join the WRC summer squad each season, all contributing

to the richness of our club culture and social environment.

What we do

We row 4-5 sessions per week, ranging from technical sessions to competitive pieces.

We hold 1 or 2 annual WRC camps, where our squads spend 2-3 days together training

intensively 3 sessions per day. We find these camps really gel crews together and create

real opportunities for accelerated improvement and team bonding. 

Land based trainings at our “town shed” involve ergs (machine rowing), and strength and

conditioning with our own specialist trainer and targeted weights program. 

We also partake in the occasional cross-training activity, such as Pilates, Box-fit and cycling.

Where we do it

We row at two unique locations - one is based in Hamilton, at our “town shed” on the Waikato

River, the other is our “lake shed” on Lake Karapiro, in Cambridge. See our Find out More

pages for specific locations. Where you row is dependent on your squad and your preference.

If you live or work locally, we can usually cater for you to row at the most convenient place.

However, generally Novice and Intermediate squads row in Hamilton, and Club and Senior

squads row at Karapiro. Everyone rows at Lake Karapiro on Saturdays, and most local regattas

will be held at Lake Karapiro during the weekends.

Land based training is held at our “town shed”.

When we do it

Morning rows at both venues are from 5.45-7.30am (approx). We do allow flexibility for

workers with other commitments. Extra sessions, such as afternoon rows can be arranged if

appropriate. Afternoon land-based training is held at the “town shed” from 5.30-7.30pm on

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (generally). Our doors are open all year round, but the

official club season runs over summer, from October to the end of February.

Our major target regatta is the New Zealand Club Championships (NZCC), held in February

from the  13th-17th, 2018. We also participate in North Island Champs and several smaller local

regattas through-out the season.

How can you do it too

If this sounds like you, get in touch via our Contact Us page, or simply come down to one of

our land-based trainings at the “town shed” and check us out.



Caters to long time rowers and novices who range from competitive to those who enjoy a

healthy social component. Masters are usually over the age of 27. Training and coaching comes

from within the group and is structured around what people within the group want to achieve.

Some train all year and those who are competitive target the NZ Masters Championships and

Legions Masters Regatta. Others train on a social basis when time permits.



We have a history of hosting individuals or crews (including the Swiss Olympic Gold medalists

LwM4- prior to Rio) and currently have a two time Spanish Olympian with us. Internationals

who also have aspirational goals are welcomed to join our summer programme from October

through to February and compete for the club at NZCC alongside our Senior rowers, while

enjoying the famous Lake Karapiro water training alongside the Waikato RPC and NZ Summer

Squad crews.

Rowing New Zealand

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