Rowing has a tradition stretching back over 150 years in Germany. Modern rowing is both n Olympic discipline – as well as a popular recreational sport. Rowing combines strength, dynamics and endurance with the necessary team spirit. FVV Rowing is run in cooperation with the traditional women’s rowing club Frauenruderverein Freiweg e.V.


Women’s Rowing Club Freiweg e.V.
Mainfeldstraße 35
60528 Frankfurt-Niederrad

Rowing is divided into a summer and a winter training schedule. As our boats are not illuminated, we can only go out on the water during daylight hours. We offer the following training dates in conjunction with Freiweg e.V.:

In summer (end of March to beginning of October)

– Monday: 18:30 // Speed rowing for advanced rowers
– Tuesday: 18:15 // Speed rowing for advanced rowers
– Wednesday: 18:30 // Rowing for all (technical training)
– Thursday: 18:30 // Rowing for all
– Saturday: 10:00 // Speed rowing for advanced rowers
– Saturday: 13:00 // Rowing for all (technical training)
– Sunday: 10:30 // Rowing for all

In winter (beginning of October until end of March)

– Saturday: 10:00 // Speed rowing for advanced rowers
– Saturday: 13:00 // Rowing for all
– Sunday: 11:00 // Rowing for all

Advanced rowers can join the Freiweg training group by arrangement and then go out on the water by individual appointment.

Public transport: The Freiweg boathouse is located directly on the banks of the Main in Niederrad, not far from the “Licht- und Luftbad”. Tram 12/15/19/21 to the stop “Heinrich-Hoffmann-Straße/Blutspendedienst” and then about a 10-minute walk.

All trainings are held in German. A language level of B1+ or higher is therefore required.

Anyone who is interested in team sports can take part (individualists are better off in one-man boats!). A mandatory requirement is a swimming certificate (or a more modern equivalent that proves that you can swim at least 300 metres in flowing water).

You can learn to row in one of the crash courses at Freiweg, which take place about five times a year between April and August. The crash courses last one weekend and teach the basics of rowing. Afterwards, you can take part in the open training sessions – preferably on Wednesdays, the designated technique training evening. Membership of the FVV rowing section is required after three trial training sessions.

Something to drink and sportswear, i.e. sports shoes with relatively narrow heels, and of course a positive approach and team spirit. Outer clothing should not be too loose and have no pockets at the front (to prevent the skulls from getting caught); cycling or running clothes are suitable, for example.

For rowing, there is a surcharge of 8 EUR per month on top of the FVV basic fee. In addition, every member of the rowing section has to work 10 hours a year for Freiweg, e.g. cleaning or other boathouse duties – or you can pay 100 EUR into the Freiweg club coffers. As an FVV rowing member, you can also take part in all the other sports offered by FVV.

The FVV rowing fee is based on our cooperation agreement with Freiweg and may change from time to time.

The training sessions focus on rowing technique, i.e. the sequence of movements in the boat (which is a bit more complicated than it looks), synchronisation and commands on land and on the water. Of course, fitness is also trained.

Regular training is not mandatory, but it is an advantage. Rowing is above all a question of technique. Therefore, it is recommended, especially for beginners, to come to training at least once a week in order to learn or refine the movement sequences.

In addition to the training sessions, the club also offers a coxing course and a safety seminar – the River Main is a busy waterway used by many people, including commercial shipping.

Rowing tours are organised; advanced rowers can also participate in regattas. We also take part in competitions at LGBT* events such as the EuroGames or Gay Games.

Head of division: Matthias
+49 (0) 177 – 62 45 780