Welcome to the Willem III website! Founded in 1882, Willem III is one of the oldest and largest rowing clubs in the Netherlands. You find us on the banks of the river Amstel, with immediate access to the rural stretch of water to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel and beyond, but also to the urban landscapes of Amsterdam. For further location and contact details, please refer to the Contact page.
Enjoying rowing as outdoor exercise and social activity for everyone is our top priority.
Do you want to see for yourself? Every first Saturday of the month at 12 noon you are welcome at the club for an introductory session and a guided tour of the premises. If you want to attend one of these gatherings, please contact Clien Waardenburg, ledenopvang@willem3.nl
If you have any questions about joining Willem III, you can also contact Clien. For any other membership related matters, please contact Thea van der Jagt, ledenadmin@willem3.nl


What does Willem III offer its members?

  • Willem III is home to an impressive fleet of around 200 rowing boats, ranging from fine single scull to Olympic eight and from restored antique wooden sculler to the latest Empacher and Filippi.
  • We have a state of the art and fully equipped gym, available to all members.
  • Facilities are open for use every day from 07:00 to 22:00.
  • Rowing lessons are organized at every level and for all age groups, including para-rowing.
  • Rowing lessons are organized throughout the year – weather permitting – at different times during the week and weekends.
  • A wide range of activities is open to members, such as competitive and recreational rowing, tour rowing and indoor/outdoor training sessions to keep you fit throughout the winter.

And furthermore:

  • Willem III undoubtedly offers the best clubroom and terrace in town, with amazing views across the river Amstel and surrounding area.
  • The bar is open at weekends, on Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00.
  • The bar is open on Wednesday club evening from 18:00 – 23:00, meals are then served at a moderate price.
  • In summer (May – September) the bar is open on Friday evening as well, when for 10 euro special meals are served.


What does all of this cost?

Membership of Willem III runs per full calendar year with an annual automatic renewal in January. The amount due consists of several components – see below overview. When you first become a member after 1 January, obviously fees are prorated. Amounts owed are always settled by direct debit. The membership fees for the following year are published in De Landtong in October.
If you want to terminate your membership, you have to give notice before 1 November by email to ledenadmin@willem3.nl


Components membership Fee 2020
Basic fee (senior member) € 341
Subscription De Landtong magazine € 24
Building supplement € 30
Supplement KNRB/ARB/NOC-NSF* € 40
Total € 435

*for youth and junior members €23


Membership categories Fee 2019
Senior (27 – 66 years) € 341
Young Senior (19 – 26 years) € 290
Junior (15 – 18 years) € 290
Youth (10 – 14 years) € 290
Over 67 € 290
Donorship € 107

New members pay an additional entrance fee of €80. In exchange you receive a voucher for a Willem III rowing t-shirt or a discount on a Willem III unisuit.


New members and the class system

Members of Willem III have a class assigned to them, according to their rowing skills. Classes range from class 1 – basic rowing skills – to class 5 a/b which represents accomplished rowing in fine single scull/coxless pair. You can only take a boat out that matches your class.

New members have two options:

  • New members without any rowing experience begin with no class at all. You can start rowing lessons as soon as there is a place available, which is usually within a few weeks after registering. You become a member and start paying as soon as we have added you to one of the instruction groups.
  • New members with rowing experience will be assessed to determine the level of their rowing skills and therefore the class they’re in. When necessary you’ll have to take rowing lessons until you reach at least class 3. With class 3 under your belt you can take a (matching) boat out by yourself.

For any questions regarding rowing lessons and assessments you can contact Wieke van Buuren, ledencommissaris@willem3.nl
New youth members (10-14) are requested to contact Jeanne Stockmann, jeugdcoordinator@willem3.nl
Junior members (15-18) should contact Sigrid Bannenberg, juniorencoordinator@willem3.nl



Practically all activities at Willem III are in the hands of volunteers. Without volunteers we could not exist and do all the things that we do. This means, however, that things may not always run as smoothly as we would like. There are never enough volunteers! Volunteering is useful to the club as a whole and its members, but also extremely rewarding in itself: it’s an ideal way to meet other people and get settled into the club.
Do you want to sign up as a volunteer? New members are usually requested to do their share by bartending a few times. And there are many options besides, like helping out in the kitchen or organizing the Head of the River Amstel, giving rowing lessons, joining the assessment committee, touring committee, helping maintain the building and more. You can sign up via page “Willem III” → “Aanmelden als vrijwilliger”.