LEARNING TO ROW WILL BE THE BEST DECISION YOU EVER MAKE!
AT CITY OF OXFORD ROWING CLUB WE RUN COURSES FOR ADULTS JUNIORS AND ADAPTIVE
ROWING IMPROVES FITNESS
POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS
Gym industry insiders report a mass movement from spinning to rowing. Bored with the bike, fitness types are embracing the new king of cardio, one that promises to burn up to 1,200 calories in 50 minutes, exceeding most other type of exercise.
But why spend your time stuck in a gym when you can learn to row in a real boat, spending time outdoors in the fresh air and surrounded by a beautiful stretch of the river Thames in the heart of Oxford, the rowing capital.
Rowing is a great way to improve fitness and a sport that is suitable for everyone, regardless of your age and physique.
LEARNING TO ROW
WHY CHOSE CITY OF OXFORD
We have a broad range of members including juniors, adults, seniors and our adaptive squad. We offer great facilities and training courses suitable for all technical abilities.
Membership at the City of Oxford Rowing Club is a great way to meet new people and make life long friendships. Our members share life experiences and regard each other as an extended part of the family. Our club hosts a friendly and positive environment, with a broad range of social events and activities. Learning to row builds character, improves self confidence and teaches you how to become a real team player.
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. The emphasis in the first year is learning technique and becoming proficient in all boats, especially the single. Please email the Junior Coordinator for details and an application form.
For more information see our Junior Squad page
Adult Beginners Rowing Course
Since the 2012 and 2016 Olympics we have seen a sustained rise in demand for our adult beginners courses. As a result we are running a waiting list for this season's courses. If you would like to attend a course, please complete the form below. You will be contacted when spaces become available.
Each course will cost £150 and will run over 6 weekends. The course fee includes a 6 week membership at CORC, covering the duration of the course, enabling members to use the club's other facilities such as the bar, gym and erg room.
Participants will need no previous knowledge of rowing, but should come prepared to take moderate exercise including some lifting. For safety reasons participants should ideally be able to swim 50 yards. Non-swimmers will be provided with lifejackets.
The course will include sessions at the City Boathouse, the Oxford University Rowing Tank and on the Isis between Folly Bridge and Iffley Lock. While food may sometimes be available at the boathouse, participants should bring a packed lunch. They should also bring appropriate sportswear: trainers, tracksuits / leggings, light waterproof top (cycling or running gear usually works well) and a change of clothes in case of wet weather. For safety reasons, no football shorts or loose clothing.
Sessions will usually run from 11:30am to approximately 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and as the beginners will be rowing together as a group, participants should aim to attend all sessions, at least for the first few weeks.
If you would like to register interest in our next course, please complete the adjacent contact form.