I came to a taster day at BARC after thousands of metres on the Concept2, intending to just see what “on the water” rowing was like. The event was very well organised and great fun. I quickly realised I wanted to learn more about “proper rowing”.  The learners in my group have all progressed at the same fast rate, a real tribute to the high standard of coaching and the excellent club facilities.  The Saltaire Blonde (beer) in the bar is well worth building a sweat up for!

 Chris, BARC Taster Day participant 2011

I had enjoyed pottering down the Thames in a hired wooden rowing boat as a tourist but never really thought I’d have an opportunity to give ‘real’ sculling a try!  In early 2010, I came across the BARC Learn to Row taster day and immediately signed up.  The day was well organised and we got to meet a variety of the club members as well as trying to grasp the basics of technique, which, at this early stage, involved not falling in!  A year on, having had such a solid grounding through the Learn to Row course, I can see how much I have progressed.  Not only this, I have got much fitter, competed in regattas and head races and most of all made some good friends.  The club has so much more to offer than purely rowing and I would recommend it to anyone!
Fran, BARC Taster Day participant 2010

 ‘I’m not sure what I did before joining Bradford Amateur Rowing Club! I apprehensively signed up for a Club Taster Day in April 2009 and spent that summer with other new recruits learning how to row. Since then I have progressed along the Club’s pathways and am now a fully fledged member of the Senior Women’s Squad, with medals and race experience under my belt. The last 2 years have been 2 of the best; I have learnt new skills, made new friends and am much fitter! Rowing itself is a fantastic sport, good for the body, being non-weight bearing and using all muscle groups and good for the soul, spending a Sunday morning paddling up and down the river with the scenery and wildlife that comes with that (and the weather!) is a great stress buster and escape from the pressures of everyday life!’

Ariana, BARC Taster Day participant 2009