Course overview

The MRC Development Squad, usually referred to as ‘Devsquad’, provides a pathway to newcomers not yet ready for the intensity of our main competition squads. The main goal of this group is to mentor potential new members and to assist them in transitioning into the ranks of regular MRC Members. Many come from Learn To Row programs and others come from rowing backgrounds at school or with other clubs.

We welcome all comers and aim to get participants on the water, and coached, at least twice each week. Sculling technique is our basic learning platform because it opens the door for rowing in single, double and quad sculls. Sweep rowing is also taught once basic sculling technique has been bedded down.


  • Completed our Learn to Row less than 3 months ago or have a similar level of experience
  • Minimum 4 week attendance
  • An interest in rowing competitively
  • Over 18 years old
  • Moderate level of fitness
  • Can swim 100m



Participation in at least one or two week morning or night groups and a Saturday morning one. There will be other training off water on rowing machines and circuit training.



Please email for more information.


The Development Squad course is run out of Melbourne Rowing Club boat shed on the banks of the Yarra River.

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