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Junior Beginners Rowing Course

We run an annual Beginners course once a year, and we currently have vacancies for interested juniors aged 11-12. There will be an introduction to the next course on Sunday June 26th at the City of Oxford Rowing Club at 12 noon. This is a compulsory 1 hour session as a lead into our next course starting in September 2016 each Saturday afternoon. This is run by several coaches assisted by many of the more experienced juniors.  The emphasis in the first year is learning technique and becoming proficient in all the boats, especially the single.

This squad includes junior athletes up to and including J17s.  The training emphasis is on good technique and training to race, and we've had good success in all our events. We train 4 times a week on average and this includes the famous Sunday morning heads.
Application forms for the beginners course are below, please forward complete forms to juniors@oxfordrowingclub.org.uk.


Our next Juniors Beginners course in September. It is for 11 to 12 year olds.
There will be an introduction to the next course on Sunday June 26th at the City of Oxford Rowing Club at 12 noon. This is a compulsory 1 hour session as a lead into our next course starting in September 2016 on each Saturday afternoon. Please let me know if you are still interested.


For more information, please contact the Junior Co-ordinator Gina Allen juniors@oxfordrowingclub.org.uk 

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Adult Beginners Rowing Course

Since the 2012 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 year's courses. If you would like to attend a future course, please complete the form below. You will be contacted when spaces become available on a course.


The course will cost £120 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.


Upon completing the course, members will be invited to extend their membership for a further 6 weeks to offer them a chance to experience life at the club as a novice rower before deciding whether they would like to join the club permanently, for which we require a minimum 3 month commitment.

If you would like to register interest in our next course, please complete the form below.

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