Barn Elms Boathouse

A unique facility that offers the opportunity for adults and young people to learn to row or kayak on the River Thames. You don’t have to be a member, and all abilities are encouraged. Rowing

How to find us

Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, SW13 0DG

Tel: 020 8788 9472

Email us

Transport options

Bus: 33, 72, 283, 969 Car park: There is a car park available at Barn Elms Sports Centre Rail: Barnes (20min walk) Tube: Putney Bridge (20min walk)

 

Barn Elms Boathouse

Thames Path, Fulham, London SW6, UK

A unique facility that offers the opportunity for adults and young people to learn to row or kayak on the River Thames.

Adult rowing

Our adult group rowing courses are for anyone over 18. Courses are usually 5-7 weeks long and run throughout the year. Why not get together with a group of friends a make the most of the River Thames? Beginner and intermediate courses are available. Group rowing courses We offer beginner and intermediate level rowing courses for adults (18+) all year round. Courses consist of one 1.5hr session a week for 6/7 weeks. Upcoming course:

Please click here to see the Spring/Summer 2017 Rowing Course Dates

Note: while we offer courses at the above times, we require a minimum of four rowers for a course to run.

Adult Taster Rowing Sessions

We will be running two adult rowing taster sessions for those wishing to give rowing a go without committing to a full course:

Monday 1st May , 1-4pm – £25.00

Monday 29th May, 1-4pm – £25.00

Places are limited so we recommend booking in advance

How to book

  • Complete a booking form and return it to the office with payment, we can then confirm your place on the course; or
  • Email your booking form to bebh@wandsworth.gov.uk and call the boathouse to pay over the phone.

For booking information please email bebh@wandsworth.gov.uk or call us on 020 8788 9472. Private rowing lessons We offer private rowing lessons for £50 per hour if you want to head out with a coach to yourself. Please ask at the office for availability and bookings. Recreational rowing membership If you are interested in heading out on the river more regularly, then you may like to join Barn Elms as recreational member. For £28 a month you will be able to take out a boat at the available times and row as much as you like. These sessions are unsupervised on the water so are currently only open to members that have completed our tideway navigation test and deemed to be a competent sculler by a coach. Speak to staff at the office for more information.

Junior rowing courses We offer:

  • all year round with term time rowing sessions;
  • holiday courses; and
  • private lessons.

 Please click HERE to see the upcoming dates for Junior Rowing courses

Easter School Holiday Courses

Week 1 – Dates: Monday 3rd – Friday 7th April 2017

Cost: £120

Intermediates: 9am-12pm

Beginners:1.30-4.30pm

 

Week 2 – Dates: Monday 10th – Thursday 13th April 2017

Cost : £96

Intermediates: 1.30-4.30pm

Beginners: 9am-12pm

How to book

Complete a booking form and return it to the office along with payment. We can then confirm your place on the course. Or, email your booking form to bebh@wandsworth.gov.uk and call the office (020 8788 9472) to pay over the phone.

Performance Squad

Juniors keen to compete for Barn Elms will need to join the performance squad. If you’re interested in joining the squad contact Charlotte Lennox to discuss the requirements of being a squad member.

We work with many local schools in order to give their students the opportunity to get out on the River Thames. Rowing sessions are available for year 7 students and upwards. Paddlesport (kayaking) sessions are suitable for year 4 students and up. Both activities can be booked in on a yearly or termly basis, or just as a one-off taster session. For more information please email Charlotte Lennox or call 020 8788 9472.

Saturday Paddle Sports Club

Saturdays 2.00-3.30pm

6th May – 22nd July, cost £135

Suitable for ages 8-16. Participants must be confident in water.

The paddle sports club is aimed at juniors who want to get out and have some fun on the Thames. There is the opportunity to complete the 1 star canoeing award.

For further information, contact Barn Elms Boathouse 020 8788 9472 or bebh@wandsworth.gov.uk

How to book

Complete a booking form and return it to the office along with payment. We can then confirm your place on the course. Or, email your booking form to bebh@wandsworth.gov.uk and call the office (020 8788 9472) to pay over the phone.

Head race boating We offer boating for crews visiting the tideway for all the major head races:

  • Pair head
  • Fours Head
  • Vets fours Head
  • Scullers Head
  • Women’s Head
  • Schools head
  • Men’s head
  • Vet’s Head

We often fill up very quickly for events so please contact us early to guarantee your space. Email us at bebh@wandsworth.gov.uk.

London Youth Games

We are organising the teams to represent Wandsworth this summer in the London Youth Games rowing competitions. We are looking for rowers in school years 7 – 12 to take part in the regatta and indoor competition.

To be eligible to compete for Wandsworth you must live or go to school in the borough, and be available to make the date of the competition:

Regatta Sunday 3rd June 2017

Indoor: Sunday 9th July 2017 If you would like to be considered for the team please complete the  to register your interest.

If  you would like to be considered for the team please complete this form to register your interest

 

 

 

FAQs What kit should I wear? Any sports kit is suitable; however we recommend close fitting clothes such as leggings and thin t-shirt or long sleeve top. Try to avoid any baggy tops with pockets in the front as the oar handles can get caught.

Do we need any of our own equipment? No. We provide all equipment required. Please just bring a pair of wellies for water-based sessions.

Do rowers wear lifejackets? Generally not. In rowing only the coaches and coxes are required to wear lifejackets. However if you are not a confident swimmer we ca provide you with a buoyancy aid.

Will my session run in any weather conditions? Sessions are very rarely cancelled due to weather. Session will sometimes take place in the gym/rowing tank rather than on the water if the water conditions are deemed to be unsafe. If it is raining the session will take place on the river provided rowers are wearing suitable kit and have dry kit to go home in after the session.

If a course is showing as full on the website, will any spaces come available? Once a course is fully booked spaces do not usually come available. You would need to wait and join the next course, which start every 6/7 weeks for adults or every school term for juniors.

Do you need to be a good swimmer to learn to row? No. We have a requirement that you must be able to swim 50m, otherwise you will need to wear a buoyancy aid.

My child has turned 11 but is still in year 6. Can they start rowing? Unfortunately not. We will only take juniors from the September that they start in year 7.

Opening times

Monday to Thursday 8am – 5pm Friday 8am – 4pm (some courses may run outside of these times)

 

Please click HERE to see details of our opening and closing times over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

Safety on the River

Ebb tide flag warning system The port of London Authority has a flag warning system in place to help indicate the speed to the river to users. Everyone who uses the Barn Elms facilities must follow the safety requirements and navigation when rowing from the boathouse. The river safety rules apply to both users on a course and recreational rowers.

Find out about safety on the river