Learn to Row

Junior Beginners Rowing Course

We run an annual course once a year, and we currently have vacancies for interested juniors aged 11-12. There will be an Introductory session on Sunday 25th June 2017 at 12 noon. This is a compulsory 1 hour session as a lead into our next course starting on Saturday 23rd September at 10.30am assembling at Radley College Sports Centre swimming pool for the swim test until 1pm. Then the following four Saturday’s: 30th September, 7th October, 14th October and 21st October at 11am to 2pm. 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. The course costs £200 which includes membership of the club until the end of the year. Please let me know if you are interested.


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


Application forms for the beginners course are below, please forward completed forms to juniors@oxfordrowingclub.org.uk

CORC Juniors Beginners Course Application Form
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Adult Beginners Rowing Course

5Since 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 £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 form below.

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City of Oxford Rowing Club

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