Rowing is a sport where individuals or teams propel a boat on water using oars. It’s both a competitive sport and a form of recreation, known for its rigorous physical demands and teamwork. Rowing can be done in various types of boats, ranging from single sculls to eight-oar crew boats. The sport requires synchronization, strength, endurance, and technique.


  • Enhances cardiovascular fitness and endurance
  • Builds strength, particularly in the legs, back, and arms
  • Promotes teamwork and communication skills in crew rowing
  • Develops mental discipline and focus


  • Provides training tips, equipment advice, and a global logbook to track progress.
  • World Rowing website: Offers information on rowing techniques, safety, and competitions.
  • YouTube: Channels like Decent Rowing offer instructional videos on technique and training.
  • Book: “The Complete Guide to Indoor Rowing” by Jim Flood and Charles Simpson, for those starting with indoor rowing.

Best Age to Start

Rowing is typically introduced at the age of 12 or older, due to the physical and coordination demands of the sport.

Equipment and Materials

  • Rowing machine (for training): $900-$1,200
  • Personal floatation device (for safety): $30-$50
  • Club membership fees: $100-$300 per month, including access to boats and coaching
  • Regatta fees (for competitors): Vary by event

Starting Tips

  • Start with indoor rowing to build up technique and fitness before moving to water.
  • Join a rowing club or team to learn under the guidance of experienced coaches.
  • Focus on technique as much as strength to improve efficiency and prevent injuries.

How Often to Practice

For beginners, 3-4 indoor rowing sessions per week are recommended. On-water practice usually follows a similar frequency but is often dictated by club schedules and competitions.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Master both sculling (two oars per rower) and sweep rowing (one oar per rower) techniques.
  • Compete in and achieve high placements in national and international regattas.
  • Develop a deep understanding of rowing mechanics, boat handling, and race strategy.

Famous Rowers

  • Steve Redgrave, British rower, five-time Olympic gold medalist.
  • Eric Murray, New Zealand rower, multi-time World Champion and Olympic gold medalist.

Rowing is a sport that rewards dedication, physical strength, and mental toughness, with mastery reflecting a combination of personal fitness, technical skill, and teamwork.