Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints

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 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


Further helpful resources are listed below:

Introduction to Coastal –

Drills –

Watership skills –

Pre Launch –

Boat entry –

Boat exit –

Race Turns –

Race Technique –

SAFE overview –

Float Plan & Navigation –


Running a selection race for beach sprint –

Beach Sprint Race Logistics –


For more information on development of Coastal Rowing, please contact 
For more information on events, please contact Alice Evans