The Novice Programme
Our Novice Rowing Program is tailored for those with no prior rowing experience. Under the guidance of dedicated student coaches, in one year you'll progress from a novice to a competitive level, aiming to represent the University of Exeter at BUCS events.
This paves the way to advance into our senior squad by the end of the season and join them in competing at Metropolitan Regatta, Marlow Regatta, Henley Women's and Henley Royal Regatta, which are the pinnacle of UK domestic rowing.
Combined with our weekly socials, the novice programme is the perfect way to meet new people and make friends fast, all whilst working together towards national success.
Leading Russell Group University for Novice Rowing
We are currently the leading Russell Group University for Novice Men’s Rowing and in recent years have gone from strength to strength in both the Women’s and Men’s Novice Squads. Novices play an integral role in the success of UOEBC, with 3 of the Senior Women’s 1st VIII, that made the Semi Final of Henley Women’s Regatta and subsequently earning their blazers, being novice rowers who learned at Exeter.
Learn at your own pace
Whether your aim is to join the senior squad or simply enjoy rowing in a relaxed setting, there's no pressure to rush your progress. You can learn to sweep, scull, or cox at your own pace. Combined with our weekly socials, the novice programme is the perfect way to meet new people and make friends fast, all whilst working together towards competing at national and international events.
Cardio and S&C
Active Rest & Recovery
Head of the River 2023 - 1st Beginner Academic M8+
BUCS Regatta 2023 - 2nd Beginner M8+
BUCS Regatta 2023 - 2nd Beginner M4+
BUCS Regatta 2022 - 3rd Beginner W8+
WEHORR 2023 - 5th Beginner Academic W8+
NOVICE SQUAD TESTEMONIALS
NOVICE MEN'S SQUAD 2022/23
I joined UOEBC’s novice program in my 2nd year at Exeter after coming to terms with the harsh reality that I no longer wanted to play rugby. Determined to make sure I didn’t become known as the sporty guy who peaked in secondary school, I tried my hand at rowing because I had heard about its impressive fitness benefits and Mum said I could put my lanky arms to good use. Training, learning the sport and occasionally supporting the local drinking establishments, quickly bonded our novice squad and we caught the bug for the sport. From then on rowing was not a sport, it was a lifestyle (cliché but true).
Looking back on my novice year I only have fond memories but one of my favourites has to be winning at the Head of the River Race on the Thames. Winning is always great but doing it with the people who you’ve learnt to row with is an awesome feeling and massively rewarding. We went on to take home two silver medals in the 4+ and 8+ at BUCS Regatta and I’m hoping some future novis can turn those medals into gold ones.
Thanks to the great novice coaching available at the club I was also able to squeeze my way into the senior squad during the summer term and got to experience Henley Royal Regatta which was an incredible week and a great way to finish my first year of rowing.
NOVICE WOMEN'S SQUAD 2022/23
Deciding to row as a novice has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences I have ever had. Being part of a squad where everyone is learning a completely new and challenging sport makes training together even more fun, and rowing is one of the most accessible sports to start as a novice at university. Rowing combines teamwork in the boat with competition against yourself on the erg and having always enjoyed fitness, I love this side too. I created so many amazing memories last year but going on camp at Wimbleball Lake was a highlight for me as despite the rain and the wind, we still managed to have a lot of fun.