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Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints

Coastal Rowing is an extreme version of rowing and involves rowing along a sea coast and out into the sea.  It can also be done on large lakes and other bodies of water.

Coastal Rowing is one of the fastest growing communities of rowers as the type of boats used mean that flat water is not required, as such the global opportunities are much greater. Rowing on rough water means that Coastal Rowing is quite different from the flat-water disciplines. Coastal rowers often prefer rough water which adds a whole new dimension to the sport with many coastal rowers cherishing the exhilarating aspect of rowing in extreme conditions. Coastal Rowing can be easier to learn than flat-water rowing, due partly to the stability and robustness of the boats which differs from the flat-water boats, although another dynamic of needing to understand the sea requires a different skill set. The standard boats are singles (solo), doubles and coxed quadruple sculls. There are two event types that fall under coastal rowing, one is the endurance event which ranges between 4 – 6km around buoys in the sea / ocean, the other event that is known as “Beach Sprints”. As the name suggests the race begins on the beach with a rower running out to the boat to its’ waiting crew race around two buoys and back to the beach to the finish line.

With Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints a confirmed event at the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar and being considered for the 2028 Olympic Games, we expect the interest in this form of the sport to grow significantly. It opens new opportunities for athletes around the country be be involved in the sport.

The inaugural Rowing Australia Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints Championships will be held later this year, please register your interest to keep up to date with all developments.

To register your interest, please complete your details at the link here
A handy guide to Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints, created by World Rowing can be found here

Coastal Competition Regulations can be found here
Beach Sprint Competition Regulations can be found here
World Rowing Coastal Rowing Guide can be found here
The Rowing Australia Guide to Running Coastal Rowing Regatta can be found here

The next World Rowing Touring event is to be held in Ontario, Canada from 10-18 September 2022. Further details can be found here:  

The World Rowing Coastal and Beach Sprints Championships are to be held from 7 – 16 October 2022
Venue: Saundersfoot, Wales in October,
Further information can be found at: 

Further helpful resources are listed below as part of the World Rowing Coaching information on Coastal Rowing  nd Beach Sprints:

1. Introduction to Coastal –

2. SAFE overview –

3. Float Plan & Navigation –

4. Pre Launch –

6. Drills –

7. Race Technique –

8. Boat entry –

9. Boat exit –

10. Race Turns –

11. Watership skills –

12. Beach Sprint Race Logistics –

13. Running a selection race for beach sprint –


For more information on development of Coastal Rowing, please contact Ron Batt [email protected]
For more information on events, please contact Alice Evans [email protected]