SONS OF THE THAMES
FRIENDLY, COMPETITIVE ROWING, IN THE HEART OF LONDON
Sons of The Thames are a London based rowing club based on the Tideway. Located just upstream of Hammersmith Bridge, the club house overlooks the Championship course used for the University Boat Races and the major winter Head Races making it one of the Tideway's prime locations.
The Tideway is a fantastic place to row, with some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets ever seen. Being a tidal river, the water rises and falls with the tide, which can make it challenging to say the least. With the water changing constantly, both fixed and moving obstacles appearing and disappearing with the tide, as well as a variety of other river users, including passenger vessels and private boats using the river, it's important that we prioritise the safety of us, our crews and other river users. The PLA provide all Tideway users with a set of rules and regulations (much like a driving test) that all the clubs on the river use to sign off rowers and coxes so that they can safely navigate this tricky stretch of the river. Learning the Tideway navigation, even if you are a part of a larger crew, is important as your safety and that of other river usesrs is paramount.
To find out more about Tideway navigation, or if you need to report an incident or near miss whilst rowing or have a chat to our Safety Advisor, please follow the link below.
LEARN 2 ROW
Every year we run a learn to row course to get those interested in the sport, in a boat and involved in the club, giving them a taster of what rowing as part of a team, can be like.
The course is over 6 weeks in the summer, run by a professional coach who is supported by the club members. There's no need to have rowed before, but you must be physically fit and able to swim. On the course, you will gain an introduction to rowing, either as a rower or a cox, welcomed into the club, socialising with all the members over the duration of the course. On the course, we look at a mixture of sculling (two oars) and sweeping (one oar) how to use a rowing machine (known as an ergo) correctly, and focusing on breaking down individual techniques in the Tank.
The final day is celebrated with our club Summer party where we christen boats and congratulate those who have completed the course. It is also a good chance to chat to the current members to see if it is possible to take up rowing as a sport and what it takes to join our development squad in the new rowing year.