Squads

The Club exists to support its members from occasional recreational rowing to high-performance training leading to National and International competition. We are committed to helping all our members achieve their goals and have a number of squads to cover all levels of involvement. Take a look below to see what our squads have to offer.

The news pages contains information on the latest squad activity.

Sweep Squad

Our senior squad welcomes competent and experienced rowers that wish to compete at national or international rowing events within a highly competitive squad structure. All of our senior athletes, men and women, train as one group both on the land and the water. entry to this group is generally from our intermediate squad, or from experienced athletes who are new to the club.

Focusing on sweep rowing, the squad trains most days, with three to four water outings a week accompanied with a mixture of erg based and other land training compromising the rest of the squads training.

The squad competes at a number of local regatta and head races during the season as well as 

Sculling Squad

The club welcomes scullers of all levels to join the Sculling Squad, with recent success at Scullers Head and Henley Masters the squad trains through out the week both on and off the water.

Intermediate Squad

The intermediate squad is aimed at those progressing off the learn to row programme or those who do not wish to committee to the same level of training as the senior squads.

Junior Squad

We welcome juniors aged 11-18 to row for fun, or to compete at local events. We also provide the opportunity for junior rowers to compete at regional, national or international levels.

Entry to the Club for those in this age group is via a Junior Learn to Row course, however if your child has previous experience of Rowing please do get in contact. Our Learn to Row courses are week-long, and run during school holidays. Details and dates are available on our Learn to Row pages or you can get in contact. 

Our Junior Squad coaches hold recognised British Rowing Qualifications, and are all very experienced in supporting and developing Junior Athletes to grow in confidence and skill, and to achieve their goals. Our Club takes safety, welfare, and safeguarding very seriously. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all. The Club has a Welfare Officer who oversees the care of children and adults at the Club. Click to view British Rowing’s Statement on Safeguarding .

If you’re interested in supporting our Junior Squad either by coaching, donating or lending a hand as a parent volunteer please do get in contact, we’d love to hear from you.

Recreation Squad
The recreational squad meets on Friday mornings all year round, and often on one weekday evening during the summer months. The squad is made up of a diverse range of people from mid-30s to over-70s and of all genders. Some members of the squad also row with other crews, usually in mixed quads and eights, at other times in the week. The squad currently comprises 15-20 members that mostly use mixed coxed quads (sculling boats for four people, each with two oars), along with doubles and singles.

A small learn to row group will runs on a Friday morning for ages 18-80, if you are are interested in learning to row on Friday mornings please contact us, a list of alternative Adult Learn to Row dates can be found here. After completing the Adult Learn to Row course members can join in with the recreational rowing squad.

Usually each summer we organise a weekend away. In 2016 the squad rowed down the Thames from Wallingford to Henley and Henley to Eton/Windsor over two days, spending a night in Henley.  In 2017, the squad is visiting Exeter's twin city of Rennes for their 150th anniversary regatta.

On a typical Friday morning the squad takes out coxed quadruple sculls (quads), rotating so that everyone learns to cox as well as developing their sculling. Each session involves some 'skills' work and some continuous rowing. We use the river during the summer, and the canal (from the basin to the Double Locks) in winter. Training boats (a quad, two doubles and a single that are wider and more stable than fine sculling boats), are also available and used at the early stages in learning. If there are more Rowers than can fit into these, we would also take out doubles and singles. Several members of the squad use their own single sculling boats and from time to time we also have sessions on the rowing machines (ergos).

Coxes

Exeter Rowing Club is delighted to welcome any new coxes, either novice or experienced.

Coxing isn’t just about being the little one shouting at the back; it can be one of the most demanding and rewarding positions in the boat. As a cox, it’s down to you to steer the best course, and motivate your crew during training and racing; and a good cox can be the difference between winning and losing! While it can be challenging, the thrill of racing is like nothing else, and you’ll make some great friends along the way.

We welcome coxes throughout the year; if you’ve never stepped in a boat before, you can start through our Learn to Row programme; you can then choose whether to move into one of the competitive racing squads, or cox socially with the Explore Squad.

For more experienced coxes, all of the racing squads offer plenty of opportunities for progression, with men’s and women’s crews competing regularly at a high level, including the Tideway Heads and Henley Royal Regatta.