Squads & Training

We have two main squads at Barnes Bridge Ladies which, in the spirit of the club, aim to accommodate all types of rowers.

Senior Squad

The Senior Squad includes home grown rowers (including those who learned in our Get Fit & Row course and/or who transitioned from the Development Squad), and more experienced rowers (including those who learned to row at other Clubs or Universities).

During the autumn and winter, the Senior Squad focuses on the Tideway Head Races.  During the spring and summer, the focus is on multi-lane regattas in preparation for Women’s Henley Regatta.   We also have a number of competitive Masters rowers who regularly race at Masters events, such as Vets 4s, Vets Head, Henley Masters and European and World Masters.

Members wanting to race at a high level will train most days following a high intensity training program both on and off the water.  Coached water sessions are on a Monday and Thursday evenings at 7:15 and Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Members of the Senior Squad are expected to attend at least three of these sessions.  We also have a dedicated Strength & Conditioning Coach, who holds sessions on Tuesday evenings. Strength & Conditioning coaching requires a small contribution in addition to annual subs.

If you are an experienced rower you can join a session or two to try us out. If you’re interested contact us.

Development Squad

Many of our development rowers learned to row at BBLRC.   We also welcome those who recently learned to row, are a bit rusty and/or are not ready to make the time commitment required for the Senior Squad.

The Development Squad typically competes at a Novice level in Head races and Regattas.

Coached water sessions are on Saturday & Sunday mornings.  Members of the Development Squad can also join Strength & Conditioning sessions on Tuesday evenings and will have a land training program.