Water sports such as swimming, lifesaving, rowing, sailing and surfing have traditionally played a significant part in the Hutchins educational program.

Following the purchase of the School’s first rowing shell in , the School rowing club was founded in , with the School boat shed opening four years later. A new boat house on the Sandy Bay foreshore was inaugurated in , with Hutchins crews winning every available school-boy trophy in the seasons immediately following.

Hutchins has had its own sailing program since the mid-1940s, with Hutchins sailors frequently representing both State and country in all forms of the sport. The purchase of the sloop Aurora in the early 1990s allowed for the setting up of sail training and boat navigation courses, offered through the Centre for Excellence. The Sailing Academy, opened in under Headmaster Warwick Dean, provides a training venue for introducing boys from Years 3–12 to a maritime curriculum and opportunities to refine their water-based studies, knowledge and expertise.

Swimming and lifesaving have been on the calendar of competitive sports since early in the School’s history. Competitive swimming in the early years took place at the Sandy Bay Baths, the site of the current rowing shed. An outdoor swimming pool built at the Sandy Bay campus in was later decommissioned. Surfing was added to the School’s co-curricular program in with many boys braving the water at Clifton Beach in the warmer months.

The only other essentials to success are keenness and perseverance on the part of the members. No [rowing] club can flourish long without these qualities.

The Hutchins School Magazine, Christmas 1918
Opening of the School boat shed, 1922.

Opening of the School boat shed,

Head of the River jubilee, n.d.

Head of the River jubilee, n.d.

Lifesaving team, 1953.

Lifesaving team,

Head of the River cup, 1934.

Head of the River cup,

First Eight, 1959.

First Eight,

Boat Shed, Marieville Esplanade, 1965.

Boat Shed, Marieville Esplanade,

First Eight Head of the River winners, 1969.

First Eight Head of the River winners,

Boat shed, 1978.

Boat shed,

International Cadet dinghy sailors selected to represent Australia, 1988. (L–R) R Menadue, W Reynolds, J Badenach, G Piggott, M Anderson and N Newstead.

International Cadet dinghy sailors selected to represent Australia,

(L–R) R Menadue, W Reynolds, J Badenach, G Piggott, M Anderson and N Newstead

Surfing team, 2000.

Surfing team,

J Phillips sailing off Castray Esplanade, 2000.

J Phillips sailing off Castray Esplanade,

Sailing Academy SB20 on the River Derwent, 2018.

Sailing Academy SB20 on the River Derwent,