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WELCOME TO RICHMOND BRIDGE BOAT CLUB

A Club "Like No Other"

The Richmond Bridge Boat Club (RBBC) is the friendliest adult only rowing club on the River Thames, providing rowers of all abilities the chance to get onto the water for pleasure, exercise or competition in a fun, inclusive, sociable and safe way,  seven days a week on one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the world.  

Since 2013 we’ve been on the water all year ‘round in our own traditional Thames-style boats, purpose-built using the centuries-old wooden clinker construction technique.

Come and see for yourself - book a free Taster row you’re assured of a warm welcome whatever your rowing experience.

Like every recreational club in the UK, we’re finding our feet as social distancing rules ease. That means reassessing the number, times and days of the week we want to get our boats out onto the water.

So why not get in touch and find out more? 

LEARN TO ROW - FAQ

We know what you really wanna know about RBBC. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of all the frequently questions we usually get asked regarding our club, how to row and our events and competitions.

 

If you still haven’t found the answers you’re looking for, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

I'VE ROWED BEFORE - DO I STILL NEED A TASTER ROW

If you have rowed before, you are still welcome to try a taster.  The next session to be confirmed shortly, please check back.

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Once your place is confirmed, we ask that you take a few minutes and watch the safety video on this page and rowing commands.  This will make your experience more enjoyable.  Please arrive at the clubhouse 15 minutes before the rowing time, to help prepare you for your row. The format is informal and friendly, so you will soon be introduced and chatting to others.  

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY TASTER ROW?

As a taster row you will be required to watch the clubs safety video on arrival, before you row.


On occasion, if there is not enough time to watch the video, your Cox will give a safety briefing on the boat.


Safety equipment is supplied to all the boats out on a row.


Life jackets are not required to be worn by rowers (other than by the Cox). The club has a limited number of life jackets available, but if you plan to wear a life jacket on a regular basis, then we ask that you supply your own.

Comfortable clothing – most members wear a form of sports trousers/ leggings/ waterproofs? Jeans are not advised – the seams can get uncomfortable and cause chafing!

Layer up – you can get very warm rowing so layers are advised.

Footwear – must be flat and with a grip. Trainers, sailing shoes, wellies when it’s really wet are all suitable.

Gloves – if you row regularly then gloves are advisable if you are prone to blisters. Cycling gloves (in particular the gel ones, full or cropped finger glove) do the job really well.

Club kit – we do have a great range of club kit available to buy from our online shop.

Valuables – there are lockers in the clubhouse for your use.

NEXT STEPS AFTER TASTER ROW

If you have enjoyed a taster session and are ready to join please email our membership secretary at info@richmondbridgeboatclub.com.


If you love fun, being outdoors and the beautiful river Thames for all its stunning scenery – then you’d be crazy not to!

 

Check out the various Membership options on the Membership page below.

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ROWING GUIDES & SAFETY VIDEO

Please take a minute to view the safety video prior to your taster session and also familarise yourself with the rowing commands and terminology.

ROWING COMMANDS, TERMINOLOGY & ROWING PRACTICES

Learn to Row

ROWING COMMANDS

Instruction to Rowers given by the Cox

TERMINOLOGY

Boating Language

FIXED SEAT ROWING COMMANDS

Courtesy of British Rowing

Download

TIDEWAY CODE

A Code of Practice for rowing and paddling on the Tidal Thames

RBBC SAFETY VIDEO

Learn To Row

Your Cox will also give a safety briefing on the boat. Safety equipment is supplied to all the boats out on a row.

Life jackets are not required to be worn by rowers (other than by the Cox). The club has a limited number of life jackets available, but if you plan to wear a life jacket on a regular basis, then we ask that you supply your own.

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CONTACT US

Whether you are enquiring about taster rows, joining or have a question, we’d love to hear from you! 

Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

By submitting this form you are agreeing to being contacted by RBBC – details of which are outlined in our privacy policy.

No. 3 Boat House, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1EW

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