There are five main categories of rowers at Bedford Rowing Club: Juniors, Masters, Recreation, Men and Women.

Within these groups there is a range in ability from novice through to senior. All members are taught sweep oar and sculling and training is done in squads. Adults and juniors train separately.

Generally, rowers at club level are expected to train 2 to 3 times a week and on the weekend. Crews and scullers competing at a much higher level are expected to train independently mornings and evenings outside of the core club training schedule.  

Rowing is a year-round sport with long distance ‘head’ races during the Autumn/Winter, and ‘regattas’ during Spring/Summer. On average as a Club, Bedford Rowing Club attends five to six heads and eight to ten regattas annually. Crews and scullers are not expected to attend all of them.

There is no age limit to rowing and we encourage anybody interested to come along and give it a go.

Bedford is a friendly club and coaches and captains know it is not always possible to commit to specified training hours. Those rowers who decide not to compete or have other commitments elsewhere are free to train at their own pace and row at their own discretion.