Join the Coastal Barbarians

Meet up with the Coastal Barbarians as we train for coastal rowing events in the South West Coastal Rowing league; national competitions in the UK and across Europe and World Championships.

The 2021 World Rowing Coastal Rowing Championships in Oeiras, Portugal on 1-3 October – and then Wales in 2022.


The Coastal Barbarians go on tour to coastal rowing events


Row For Life supports the Coastal Barbarians providing access to its coastal rowing boats at the Coastal Rowing Centre, Studland Bay, Dorset.

Row for Life’s Liteboats (predominately LiteRace 1X) are ideal for novice coastal rowers through to experienced athletes.

Alternatively you can bring your own coastal rowing boat and join in, we have a number of training sessions each week.

If you want specific coaching let us know. If you want to know more about the level of athletes in a specific outing, just ask as we will try to match you with a suitable group.

Studland Bay is an ideal location for endurance training, the large bay normally offers a range of sea conditions suitable for novices through to experienced Coastal Barbarians, changing with the weather.

The Coastal Barbarians is a ‘vehicle’ to bring individuals and members of different (often river) rowing clubs together to train and compete.


Typically there are two formats for coastal rowing events; the long distance ‘Enduro’ coastal races which range from 4km to 8km; and Beach Sprints over a 250m out and 250m back course.

At the World Champs, British Champs heats are 4km, finals 6km. In the South West Coastal Rowing League (SWCRL) there are typically 8km races for Mens quads and Womens quads, then 4 km races for Masters quads, Novice quads, doubles and singles.

At the Coastal Rowing Centre we primarily train for Enduro racing with distance endurance training, but all the sea crafts and experience you gain is useful for Beach Sprints. We cannot offer complete Beach Sprints training as the beach is not suitable.


 The Coastal Barbarians go to many events with a trailer full of Liteboats. You can book a boat, turn up and row.  Some Coastal Barbarians bring their own FISA boats; which is great.

We also put crews together for quads; we are often asked by clubs to help make up crews; we do what we can to get as many people racing as possible.

In the SWCRL many people enter a couple of events during the day, giving you plenty of time on the water.


Coastal rowing – lessons or recreational outings

Also look at the rowing lessons and recreational outings.



To train with and go on tour with the Coastal Barbarian contact

This is part of Row For Life’s commitment to the growing coastal rowing community.

Feel free to drop us a line at or call 01305 257 774