September 26, 2019


Durham Amateur Rowing Club has over 400 members of all ages.

Safety on the river is a primary consideration, and we recommend that all members and visitors read Safety/River Wear, understand the Rules of the River, and have demonstrated the required skills and watermanship, before going out unaccompanied.

In recent years, the Explore Rowing Learn to Row programme, has introduced a new group of people to the club. The Recreational rowing section has grown from this base with members enjoying regular morning outings on the river, just for the pleasure of it, and for health and fitness. The sessions are invariably followed by coffee and chat in the bar. There are also fun regattas at local clubs. Many of the Development squad have come into rowing through the Explore route and now want to experience competitive rowing.

The Juniors squad benefit from talented coaches, and are committed to a rigorous training schedule, they have enjoyed considerable success, this season.

The Men’s squad and Women’s squad are also training hard. The Mens squad, in particular, is looking to recruit new members with several of last year’s successful 1st eight having moved out of the area.

Those who ‘are verging on, or have passed the meridian of life’ compete in ‘Masters’ events in 5 year age bands.

The Masters squad, both Mens and Womens, are regular competitors at the National Masters, Henley Masters, and World Masters regattas each year, and have won several silver and gold medals in eights, fours, and sculls in recent years.

We also have several medallists at Indoor rowing including Gill Prescott, who recently broke the world record for her age group, and Aidan Rushforth who produced a great performance to take the silver medal for Junior 14 boys.

For an insider view of what it’s like to be a member of the various squads please see the relevant section.

The club also has an annual diary of social activities for members.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the club please go to:-

Membership information