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Special Rowing Entry

Adelaide High School Rowing Program

Adelaide High School is committed to providing all students with an opportunity to learn, develop and excel in rowing.

Adelaide High School Rowing enables students to develop rowing skills and values shaped by the school’s Graduate Qualities. Students from Years 8 -12 actively train and represent Adelaide High School in regattas, culminating in the Head of the River. As one of only 3 public high schools competing in Rowing, students have the opportunity to join a truly unique sport.

Rowing is contested across the summer in terms 4 and 1. Adelaide High School has a proud rowing tradition which started in 1911. In 1922 St Peter’s College challenged Adelaide High School to a race in eights on the River Torrens. The race was won by Adelaide High School, and so began the annual Head of the River Regatta which has grown into SA’s largest championship regatta.


The AHS Rowing Program is part of a holistic education experience and aims to teach the values of determination, resilience and perseverance.

This is achieved by allowing students to challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment.



Lessons and Training sessions will include:

  • Development and application of rowing skills
  • Fitness and conditioning
  • Competition strategies


As well as covering the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education at the relevant year levels, students also study the following rowing-specific content:

  • History of rowing
  • Principles of training
  • Leadership / teamwork
  • Sports psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Health, Wellbeing and Resilience
  • Applied exercise physiology
  • Factors affecting performance
  • Fitness analysis
  • injury prevention and management
  • Rowing and technology
  • Biomechanics


The Rowing Club has two boatsheds; one located on the River Torrens near the King William Street bridge and a shared facility with Unley High School and Norwood Morialta High School at the AM Ramsay Regatta Course at West Lakes. The Club has an extensive fleet of boats in all classes and access to fitness facilities in the school’s in the Southern Studio which is equipped with number of ergometer machines. .


Old Scholars return to give back to the AHS Rowing Program as coaches. They help guide the students through training and regattas. Their experience is invaluable in helping pass on their knowledge and values of the AHS Rowing Program.


Rowers learn boat handling and rowing skills in both scull and sweep boats and improve their general fitness. They have opportunities to row in a number of boat classes including single sculls, double sculls, pairs, quads, fours and eights. All rowers are expected to be fully committed to the sport, as absences from training sessions and regattas and failure to maintain or improve fitness levels make it difficult for others. Training camps are also conducted during the season. Consequently, students and their parents must be aware of the time, financial and physical commitments required of being in a rowing program. Rowers should also be competent swimmers.

Training sessions are conducted across the school’s numerous facilities, with Year 8 rowers training twice per week on-water on the River Torrens. Intermediate and Seniors train 3 and 4 times per week respectively.


Rowers compete in Rowing SA regattas which are held on Saturdays in Terms 4 and 1, predominantly at West Lakes. Other regattas are held on the River Torrens in the city and at Port Adelaide. Crew members are required to attend all regattas in which their crew is competing.

Students also have the opportunity to represent Adelaide High School at the Australian Rowing Championships and Interstate Regatta which are held in March.

Special Rowing Entry

The Adelaide High School Rowing Club incorporates a talent identification selection process whereby students from outside the school zone can apply to enrol at Adelaide High School. Students will be selected on the basis of an online written application by the student, the student’s current school report, a practical skills assessment and an interview.

Successful students commit themselves to the Rowing Program during the period of their enrolment at Adelaide High School. Their involvement in rowing takes precedence over their involvement in other sports. Rowing entry students are actively encouraged to participate in a different winter sport.

The Rowing Program is available to all students enrolled at Adelaide High School. An Introduction to Rowing Program, which forms part of the Year 8 Transition Program,  gives all Year 8 students the opportunity to ‘come n try’ rowing with their Mentor Group at the beginning of the school year. Interested students can then join the Rowing Program.

Applications for 2022 entry closed Monday March 22, 2021