Welcome to Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club

The Friendly Rowing Club on the River Thames for all Ages and Abilities

Learn To Row Courses

Ever wanted to have a go at rowing but felt intimidated or even been turned away from a rowing club?

We’ll bridge the gap and make your experience enjoyable, tailoring your rowing for you!

It’s supposed to be fun after all!

Membership Information

We offer various membership opportunities for Juniors and Seniors!

Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club

On the River Thames between Henley and Reading. 


Learn To Row All Ages

You’re very welcome to row with us, whether you are an old hand, or you’ve never set foot in a boat.


Friendly Rowing Club

We started our club because we wanted to enjoy ourselves on and off the water – and we still do! Come and try it for yourself


Qualified Coaches

All our coaches hold British Rowing qualifications, so they know how to encourage rowers to enjoy performing well, while staying safe.


Junior and Senior Membership

We encourage members from 12 years old to infinity and beyond. (Well maybe not quite, but you get the gist!)


Regattas /Row for Fun

Some of us row competitively on occasion, but you may prefer to simply enjoy a gentle workout watching the riverside wildlife with your new friends!


British Rowing Recognised

Our connection with BR helps to reassure you that we  follow all their safety standards.

Learn To Row at Shiplake Vikings

Membership Packages For Juniors and Adults

We welcome newcomers to rowing and experienced oarsmen and women. The club is professionally run with high quality equipment. If you are looking to get in to rowing or perhaps do not want to join a larger club, this could be for you.

Junior Membership

Our Junior Membership is for girls and boys between 12 and 18.
We offer mid week evenings and Saturday mornings training on the water or dry training if conditions dictate.

Adult Membership

Our standard adult sessions are on Sunday Mornings from 8.30am.
We encourage new people and have regular introductory courses. It’s never too late to learn!

College Staff

We offer Shiplake College members of staff discounted membership prices and encourage both experienced rowers and newcomers to come and enjoy the sport with us.

Part of ROW SAFE British Rowing

Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club is a professionally run club which is fully insured and is registered with British Rowing and adopts the “Row Safe” Scheme for it’s Junior and Adult Members.

Our Core Objectives

Introducing People to Rowing

Many people learn to row fine boats at school or college, but even more don’t get that opportunity. We have a strong junior section for kids to learn and develop with qualified coaches, and we also encourage adults who simply want to get out on the water.

Make Rowing More Accessible

Getting access to a rowing club can sometimes be daunting especially if you do not want to be an elite athlete. We feel we have the right blend and actively encourage people who might not want the intimidation of a larger club.

Safe Relaxed Environment

Our club is affiliated to Shiplake College and is off the beaten track. We operate under the guidelines of British Rowing and our coaches have a vast knowledge of the water. We hope to offer a fun whilst safe environment.

For Fitness and Enjoyment

Rowing is a great non-impact sport. Great for fitness and overall strength. Our stretch of the river is one of the most quiet, picturesque rural parts of the Thames with an abundance of wildlife.

Competition for Racers

We run a programme of races for juniors and adults when the desire is there. We enter both head of the river and regattas.
Viking rowing kit is available to members to buy when racing.

Social and Inclusive

Rowing is a great social sport relying on team work and amazing friendships are made by our juniors and adult members both at the club and at racing events.

See the Shiplake Vikings in Action!

Take a look at some footage of the Vikings in action in Training, Regattas and Heads (And Social!)

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