Learn to Row courses

Learn to Row courses 1 & 2

Are you an expat who just moved to Amsterdam, and curious to try a new sport? At Rowing Center Berlagebrug we offer rowing courses all year round! Rowing is a healthy and complete outdoor sport, and the main goal is to make rowing accessible to all. Our Learn to Row course is a great opportunity to take a look at the world of rowing, without any commitment like membership fees like regular rowing clubs. How perfect for you as an expat in Amsterdam!

The Rowing Center does have professional coaches who all speaks English during the course.

Learn to Row Course 1 & 2

Overview of the course:
• 4 person stable rowing boat
• 1 hour per class
• Coaching and mentoring by our qualified coaches
• Fun parts such as board on-board sprint races at the end of the course

Every course is during 8 weeks. Learn to Row 2 program picks up where Learn to Row 1 left off. Deepen your rowing knowledge and skills during this eight-week course.

At the end of this course you will have a basic knowledge of:
• Rowing as a team
• The basics of rowing technique in practice
• Material awareness and handling our rowing boats
• Safety and navigation rules

When you have finished both of the courses Learn to Row, you can start a new challenge to take the Learn to Scull course!

No rowing experience required

8 weeks

1 Weekly Training

Berlagebrug Rowing Center
Weesperzijde 1094
1097 DS Amsterdam
Map & Route Description

Periods Courses:
January – December
Course Agenda 2023


Your first lesson
Please note that participants, after changing in your rowing kit, need to report at the desk next to the bar, where the head coach is waiting for you 5 minutes before the start of the lesson . The head coach of Team Berlagebrug will introduce you to your rowing coach and the other participants for the relevant course block.

The Berlagebrug Rowing Centre has excellent facilities. The changing rooms and showers are suited for both groups and individuals. Safes are available for all your valuables. After your lesson Team Berlagebrug will be waiting for you behind the bar to serve drinks and snacks on our uniquely situated, often sunny terrace at the waterfront. With the heart of Amsterdam just around the corner, you can easily get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a relaxing rowing lesson.

The best clothing to wear is elastic, soft and breathable in combination with a simple pair of sports shoes. Loose trousers or T-shirts can get caught in the wheels under your rowing seat. Loose tops can remain hooked in the oars. Therefore, avoid voluminous coats or sweatshirts. Generally the advice is to dress up as if you were going to run; with tight pants and shirt/jacket. Additional tips:
• Water bottle
• Hats (against the sun or rain)

Frequently asked questions

What is a rowing course and how does it work?

At 6 times in the year, a rowing course of 8 weeks starts. You can sign up individually. We will schedule you together a team of up to 4 people. You can also compose a team of 4 people yourself.

I've never rowed before. For which rowing course can I register the best?

The Learn to Row course 1 for a team.

What happens if I complete the Learn to Row course 1?

You can then sign up for the follow-up course: The Learn to Row course 2. In the second course you learn to make some more speed, and

And after the Learn to Row course 2?

Then you can start with the Learn to Scull course. You will start in this rowing course with Sculling.

Where can I sign up for a rowing course?

On the homepage, as well as on the page of the relevant course.

When will I receive a confirmation of my registration in a team?

After completing and submitting the form, you will receive a confirmation in the mail that the form has been sent. In the week preceding the course you will receive an email with the day and time we have been able to schedule you. After that you will receive an email with the invoice for the rowing course.


I am going on holiday during the course, but want to row. Is that possible?

With the exception of the Learn to Row course 1, existing customers can book a separate extra lesson. You then call us on that day (morning from 8:30 am and evening from 4:30 pm) so the head coach can see if there is a place available in a team with the same level of experience. The price of a loose lesson is €21,-.


Do lessons proceed in bad weather?

Yes! Rowing is an outdoor sport that has proceeds in all weather types. Also with rainy and windy conditions. If the weather is so bad that we cannot proceed outside, an alternative program will be organized.

Should I be able to swim?

In order to participate in all rowing activities at the Rowing center, you must be in possession of swimming diploma A (or similar).

Are there also rowing courses for juniors?

For children aged 10 to 14 years we have special youth rowing courses. You can read more about this under the heading ‘ Courses ‘. In addition we organize in the holidays ‘Splashweken’ for youth.

What is the refund policy?

When signing up for the rowing course you agree to the Terms and Conditions. Once you are scheduled for the course there is no refund of the amount possible. The withdrawal of the course is possible up to 2 weeks before the course starts. We will charge an amount of €25,- administration fees in that case.