Wellington Rowing Club is always on the lookout for new members. If your interested in rowing, coaching, or becoming a coxswain, we want to hear from you!

For those who have never rowed before, and are keen to commit to a competitive squad, we run men’s and women’s beginner (Novice) programme’s.

If you are a seasoned rower, we have several competitive squads (men’s and women’s) who race at Club and Senior level. If you are interested in joining a competitive squad you must be willing to train 8-12 times a week.

If you are over 27 or over, we have an active Master’s squad. In addition to the local regattas, the Master’s squad attends two competitions a year: Legion of Rowers in April and Masters Nationals in September.

The Wellington Rowing Club runs a learn to row challenge each winter, between May and July. The program is a fun, team-building experiences for corporate organisations, friend groups, flat-mates, or individuals!

During the challenge, teams learn how to row together, train and work together. Participation in the challenge builds co-operation and teamwork, enhances personal connection outside the work environment, provides a low impact physical activity to increase wellbeing and fitness, and most importantly, it’s fun!

The challenge is open to all ages and abilities.  You may be a first-time rower- or perhaps wanting to get back into rowing after a few years (or decades) away from the sport. 

The challenge includes up to 4 sessions a week including one on the weekend, and a weekend  camp in Whanganui.  

The program kicks off on May 5th 2024 with an information session at the boathouse


To join our LTR/Corporate Challenge, and for more information please email Maria at:  [email protected]


If you are at school, we are affiliated with several colleges. Due to limited space in the boat-sheds we only accept pupils from the following schools:

  • St Patricks College
  • Onslow College
  • St Mary’s College
  • Samuel Marsden Collegiate

To join a school rowing programme, please make an enquiry to your school sports administrator.

Onslow College 2x- in action

Visiting Wellington and would like to row?

We have both Club and Masters squads which would be happy to accommodate experienced rowers when they are visiting Wellington.

The Masters co-ordinator is Richard May

Email: [email protected]​​​​​​​


Club Captain: Paul Smart

Email: [email protected] 



FAQ's

What are the fees for the season ?

Below are the subscriptions for the 2023/24 season. Members are required to pay entrance fees for regattas they participate in, and any trips/travel is usually pay your own way. Squads will often fundraise and/or be subsidised (i.e. by their school) to offset costs. Regatta fees and additional costs (accommodation at nationals etc.) will be billed individually in addition to the subscription.

Adult club rower (all grades including novice)$825 + regatta costs 
School rower (all grades)$825 + regatta costs 
Coxswain $275
Masters (non-competitive) $500
Masters (competitive)$825 + regatta costs 
CoachNo charge but must register as a member of the club
Supporter No charge but must register as a member of the club
Alumni annual membership $100
Alumni life membership$600
University and school learn to row programme

$20 per week, payable after four training sessions. 

For university rowers, this is for the season only. 


How often will I have to attend training?

The amount of training required varies greatly and can be anywhere from 1-12+ times a week. Rowing is a sport where hard work is more often than not rewarded with results, so your time commitment will depend on your desired level of competition.


Will it hurt?

Absolutely, but you’ll make life long friends and have a blast.  By the end of the season you will likely be the fittest you’ve ever been, then hopefully come away with a few medals at nationals to show for it.  Sold?