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Our calendar is always packed with regattas, our Learn to Row and Return to Row programs plus our social and pride events. Checkout our upcoming events and register to join in. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@melborneargonauts) to keep to date with what we're doing.

Upcoming events

    • 15 May 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 07 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 8 sessions
    • Albert Park Lake - 34 Lakeside Drive, Albert Park VIC 3206
    • 7

    Our program runs over four weeks, it's an introduction to rowing course which will give you access to 8 sessions of on-water training where you will learn: 

    • The mechanics of rowing

    • Parts of the boat and the oars

    • Positions in the boat

    • Boat handling, rigging and launching

    • Four stages of the rowing stroke (basic rowing technique)

    • Manoeuvring of the boat 

    • Basic rowing commands & terminology

    • Safety - for yourself, your crew and the equipment

    • Equipment care - cleaning, adjustments, how to avoid damage

    • How to use an indoor rowing machine

    • How to row as a crew with basic rhythm & timing

    • Stretching before & after rowing (inc. warm ups)

    • Rowing on Albert Park Lake & Marine Safety

    • The history of the Melbourne Argonauts Rowing Club

    • Swim session to confirm you can swim 50 meters (marine safety rule)

    • To have fun and enjoy the sport of rowing!

    Program Structure

    The program is developed and delivered by our coaches and coxes with support from our experienced rowers. 

    • Week One - Saturday & Sunday 10am - 2pm First session is off-water where our coaches will teach you the basics of rowing, provide you with an overview of the rowing shell (boat), and will introduce you to the rowing stroke on an indoor rowing machine (everything listed above). The second session starts off-water with a refresher on the basics, before giving you an opportunity to hop into a boat where you get to practice your new skills, supported again by the coach and also a crew of our experienced rowers.

      Over this first weekend you’ll also meet members of the club who will support your learning and will join you for a BBQ lunch on the Sunday.

    • Week Two - Saturday 8:30am & Monday 6:15pm - Two sessions, both include an off-water refresher of the technique, a chance to ask questions and a warm up before going on-water in a boat with some experienced rowers

    • Week Three - Saturday 8:30am & Monday 6:15pm - Two sessions, the same as week two but we begin to pull your individual skills together as a crew and continue to build your confidence, ability and technique

    • Week Four - Saturday 8:30am & Monday 6:15pm - Continues to build on week three with a final on-water session. This week your swim session is held and we’ll also have an ArgoConnect to introduce to the club members and socialise and talk about your next steps now you’ll have graduated Learn to Row

    After the Program

    Following your graduation from Learn to Row, we hope that you will be keen to continue your development in rowing and become a member of the Argos. We have a number of membership options available and if you decide to join you’ll be included in our Development Squad to continue your rowing journey.

    Register to secure your place now, once registered you’ll be sent a confirmation with additional information about the program including what to bring and your participant handbook. 

    Please note, rowing is an all weather sport and the program will continue regardless of weather (unless very severe and it becomes dangerous) if we’re unable to go on-water for a session the program will transition to off-water training.

    The program can be tailored to any special requirements of the rowers, please let us know when you book or when you arrive of anything we need to know.

    If you have any questions please contact ltr@melbourneargonauts.com.au

    • 23 May 2021
    • 10:45 - 12:45 (UTC+10:00)
    • Fitzroy Street, St Kilda & Online

    Midsumma Pride March

    • 16 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 - 15:00 (UTC+11:00)
    • West Beach Pavillion, 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West VIC 3182
    • 197

    We've come a long way in 20 years from our 1 boat and 4 founding members, to a proud membership of 110+ and an enviable fleet!

    Our 20th Anniversary will be a chance to meet members, past and current, hear stories of our origins and tales from along the way. Over three hours we'll wine and dine and enjoy each others company, as we contemplate what the next 20 years might hold for our fabulous and growing club.

    Your ticket includes a 3 hour sit down lunch with drinks included and live djs. Please note any dietary requirements in your booking.


We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders, past and present.

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34 Lakeside Drive,
Albert Park, VIC 3206

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