ASRA Holiday Learn to Row Program - October 2020


Rowing is categorized as a contact sport as the risk of transmission of COVID 19 is increased in a crew boat compared with a single scull.

The athletes rowing or sculling will not be wearing face coverings, however anyone required / asked to cox will be required to wear a face covering.

We invite applications for the following Learn to Row course from young people who are in Secondary education. 

LTR 1: 12th to 16th October                    

Mon & Tues: 09:00 – 11:00, Wed & Thur: 10:00 – 12:00, Frid: 11:00 – 13:00

This LTR week cost £40 per person, but are heavily subsidised by ASRA and there is an expectation that if your son / daughter wishes to continue rowing after the LTR week, then this will be done with ASRA. 

Priority will be given to those young people who have not attended a learn to row course previously.

The ASRA boathouse is situated on South Esplanade West, Torry. 

Your child will need a snack and a water bottle each day. As rowing is a demanding sport it is important to keep energy levels topped up and to remain hydrated throughout.

You will need basic outdoor PE kit to take part. It is important to pack enough kit for two separate outdoor sessions a day and a light waterproof in the event of rain. A change of socks is important as they can get wet whilst getting in and out of the boats. Obviously, the weather can be very varied, so please pack accordingly.

Noted below is an outline of the programme for the week. 

LTR Oct 2020 Sessions

The coaches involved are qualified Scottish Rowing Coaches who are insured and fully disclosed. Application forms may be downloaded here. Places are however limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Links to the RRK Regensburger Ruder-Klub website and Facebook pages featuring ASRA:

Eröffnung der Rudersaison 2019 mit 40 Ruderinnen und Ruderern aus Schottland

Gelebte Partnerschaft: Schottische Woche beim RRK

Anrudern mit und Abschied von unseren schottischen Freunden

Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association gets acquainted with the sister city



The local television reported on "Anrudern" for about three minutes. The video can be viewed by clicking the link:

The rowing part begins at 3.40 minutes into the video.


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Anrudern RS 18 April 2019



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If you are interested in obtaining copies of any picture, please use the contact form to send your request.

Welcome to ASRA

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JUNIOR ROWING has taken place on the lower reaches of the River Dee since 1960 and owes its initial development to the enthusiasm of the schoolmasters of the then Aberdeen Academy. It has existed in its present form since the creation of the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) in 1973 by Mr Bryan Steel and Mr Robert Newton, masters-in-charge of the Hazlehead (formerly Aberdeen) Academy and Aberdeen Grammar School Rowing Clubs respectively, with the aim of forming a more powerful junior rowing squad to represent Aberdeen in regattas throughout the UK.

At present ASRA provides equipment and coaching for both rowing and sculling for young people up to the age of nineteen, whether or not they are involved in full-time education. Our current membership is drawn predominantly from North East Primary & Secondary Schools, but includes College and University juniors. All coaching is carried out by British and/or Scottish Rowing accredited coaches. ASRA is an entirely independent sporting body and is a registered Service Provider to both Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils. Within ASRA there are two distinct membership groups, of which the first and larger competes in all age categories from JU12 to JU18 at regattas across Britain and abroad. ASRA members regularly feature in finals at British and Home International Championships. The second group is purely recreational.

Conduct on and off the water is subject to three sets of Safety Regulations. The first is issued by our governing body, Scottish Rowing and the second by the Outdoor Education Departments of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire County Councils. The third and most important from a local point of view is ASRA's own H & S policy.

Rowers and qualified coaches are covered for personal accident and third party liability on payment of the annual Rowing Licence fee to Scottish Rowing. Since March 2001 ASRA has boated from a new purpose built boathouse, made possible by the good offices of the National Lottery, Aberdeen Asset Management and Aberdeen Harbour Board, as well as the contributions of a host of individual well-wishers.

In October 2007 ASRA received an award of £269,773 from the Big Lottery - Young people fund.