TEACHER IN CHARGE:  Mrs Tanya Williams


Returning rowers: Term 1: Crews compete in several regattas including North Island Secondary Schools and New Zealand Secondary Schools (Maadi Cup). 

Terms 2 and 3: Rowers can compete in long distance races and various indoor erg competitions during the off-season.

Term 4: Rowers compete in club regattas for the Tauranga Rowing Club.


Learn to Row: Term 1/2: The Learn To Row programme runs in Terms 1 and 2 and is designed to see if this is the sport for you.  You do not have to have any prior rowing experience. It will initially consist of 2 sessions on rowing machines (ergs) during  lunchtime and/or after school, plus at least 1 session ‘on water’ session (time to be arranged) a week.  There will be erg competitions between novices over different distances and a leaderboard on the Rowing Noticeboard located by the Business block (above the outdoor stage.) Our awesome novice coach, Mr McGirr, with the help of some experienced rowers, will give you the training needed to learn proper technique and boat handling, increasing fitness through land conditioning work and learning the basics of rowing.

Once you have completed the course and you still want to row, you will  enter the 2020/21 rowing season as a Novice Rower, meaning you can row in a number of regattas beginning in October..

All rowers: Term 2 and 3: Winter training with Tauranga Rowing Club coaches begins in July with on water sessions, ergs, weights/conditioning and runs, with training increasing in Term 4. before or after school. From January to March, crews increase training considerably in the build up to nationals.

Camp: There is a camp in early January, at Mangakino, for a week, and occasional weekend camps.


Training is done from the Tauranga Rowing Club boatshed in Memorial Park and Devoy Centre Gym.

Regattas are held at Lake Karapiro and Lake Pupuke.

NZSS Champs alternate between Karapiro and Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel, South Island. 

UNIFORM: For training sessions wear sports gear and shoes, sunscreen, hat and bring a  pair of socks if you’re on water. If the weather is looking chilly, a polyprop/thermal or light jacket might be worth bringing. Boys going to school regattas are provided with TBC sports uniform including trackpants, hoodie/half-zip. They need to borrow or purchase a TBC row suit/ racing cap.

EQUIPMENT:  All equipment is provided.  

COSTS:  The Learn to Row Programme is free for the first 4 weeks and costs $10 a week (invoiced to your school account) if you decide to stay on after that. There will be extra costs in October If you decide to continue to row for the season.

Fees for Tauranga Rowing Club are approximately $1800 for the season which includes regatta entries, affiliation fees, camps, van hire, maintenance/running costs and coaching fees. Fees for TBC Rowing are dependent on whether we travel to the South Island for NZSS but range from approximately $500 to $2000.