Safety underpins every aspect of Shoreseeker and we’re committed to producing responsible, confident rowers through our specialist training scheme, whatever your prior level of experience.

Here at Shoreseeker, we have devised a training program which you will need to complete in order to take part in any of our challenges. We have structured the training to be flexible and suit the needs of the individual. You will be trained with the individuals who have signed up to the same challenge as you. This will help you to cement relationships and maybe build up a bit of competitive rivalry... 

Listed below we have the details of the training you are required to complete for both the UK Race Series. It is important to remember that once training is completed, you are not required to repeat it to take on further challenges. We may, however, ask you to complete refresher training. You will have the choice of completing your training either at weekends or during the week, Monday to Friday. 

You are required to have sufficient travel insurance to cover you to take part in our training, and we are in the process of negotiating this rate with our insurer.  If you choose to take this insurance, this cost will be in addition to the training fee.

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In order to fully prepare you for the environment you will be stepping into, you need to complete 4 days of training. We will also provide you with some bespoke Shoreseeker clothing.

Level 1 Training – Two Days

  • This is your immersion training session.  You will spend about 30 hours on-board, where you will learn to become accustomed to rowing in a watch system of 2 hours on / 2 hours off.  You will also cover the use of navigation equipment, safety equipment, cooking, eating, hydration, log keeping and much more.  This training session is designed to fully immerse you into what you would experience on a multi-day race, so that when your two days is over, you will have a full understanding of what life is like on-board your rowing boat.

Level 2 Training – Two Days

  • This is your assessment training session.  Your skipper will be on-board to guide you, but this training session is for you and the team to make the decisions and demonstrate you’re ready to take on the high seas.  You will be on-board for about 30 hours, and you’ll cover all the disciplines that are crucial to an efficiently run your rowing boat, so that when you come to start your race, there shouldn’t be any surprises.


You can never be too prepared to take on a Shoreseeker challenge.  While the above training is enough for you to do your race, we do also offer additional training if you would like to be more experienced in a certain areas:

  • RYA First Aid – This is a one-day course on First Aid.  Particular attention will be paid to heat stroke, hydration, exhaustion and the sorts of injuries that can arise at sea on ocean rowing boats.
  • RYA Sea Survivial – This is a one-day course designed to make you aware of what to do if things go wrong at sea.  Your instructor will get you working through a number of scenarios, including deploying a life raft and how to raise help.
  • RYA Navigation course – this is a two-day course which will take you through the navigation planning in more detail and give you a really good insight into what’s involved in the planning for your challenge.  
  • RYA VHF radio – this is a one-day course covering day-to-day use of a VHF radio and also what to do in an emergency and how to raise help.