Junior Beginners Rowing Course
Our Junior Beginners Course takes place once a year, starting in early September. Novice juniors should be aged 11-12 (school year 7-8).
Unfortunately, under current circumstances, we are unable to run the course in September 2020. Due to the way our season runs, we are unlikely to be able to accept new novice juniors until September 2021.
The course takes place in 3-hour sessions on five Saturdays, plus a capsize drill and swim test in a pool. Training includes land-based exercises, boat handling and an introduction to rowing on the river. Juniors are expected to attend all sessions, and parents/carers are encouraged to attend to help move boats and keep an eye on their juniors on the river.
The course costs £200 and includes membership of the club until the end of December. From January, we encourage novice juniors to sign up as full members of the relevant racing squad. Please email the Junior Coordinator for details and an application form.
About The Squad
The junior squad includes rowers and coxes aged 11-18 years old. Training emphasizes long term athlete development, good technique, and racing well. Juniors are encouraged to develop proficiency in all boats, especially the single.
Training takes place up to 6 times a week (increasing with age). We introduce British Rowing omnium skills at J14, and compete in weekly Sunday morning time trial races, as well as local and national competitions.
Children older than 12 will only be considered if they have had appropriate prior experience of rowing, and after vetting by our coaches. We are usually unable to accommodate older novice juniors – not because teenagers can’t learn to row, but because of the subsequent gap in experience and training load.
Temporary Summer Membership
It is sometimes possible to accommodate experienced juniors whose school programme has ended, or those visiting Oxford for the summer. We do not offer short-term summer courses or weekend visits. Please note, this is not possible in 2020.
We can only consider juniors if the following are in place:
- Prior rowing experience essential
- Swim Test and Capsize drill certificate or confirmation
- Minimum period of CORC membership 6 months
- Must also join British Rowing for 3rd party insurance
- Must provide an adult spotter
- The spotter must be trained by us
- Sessions must be supervised by a club coach or official