Beginners’ course F20-1
– postponed due to C-19
The next course (F20-1) has been postponed for the time being due to the restrictions on people gathering and interacting. It doesn’t seem likely that the course will be running any time soon and certainly not before May / June. The good news is that, as most of the formal competitive rowing this year – from Henley Regatta to the Olympics – has been cancelled, I will be more available to lead the course when we can start. I shall contact all of you by email to confirm this.
Those who have paid deposits will retain credit against the next course or they may request a refund (providing their bank details to email@example.com).
All courses will run, as usual, over about 6wks according to the number of sessions offered – usually over 20.
I will try to keep to offering two further courses during the year, starting end-July and end-Sept, subject to numbers and personal commitments. If the first one is delayed beyond May or June, we’ll work from whatever date we can.
Taster Days (see below) are usually only associated with the start dates of new courses, so there will be opportunities for people to attend these one-off days only at these times. I shall post dates here and Tweet them (@OxfordRowCoach).
Please be sure to advise me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to be kept informed about new course dates. All those already on my email list will be contacted with updates. Announcements will also be made from my Twitter account (@OxfordRowCoach).
Any start date announced can constitute a Taster Day. There is usually a choice of dates on which people can start their course although I do encourage everyone to attend as early as possible.
Taster Days can be attended as a stand-alone experience of the sport of rowing or as the initial sessions of a full course (with the Taster Day fee credited against the course costs).
Anyone unable to attend on the dates announced may be able to join soon afterwards, provided they can attend a catch-up session with me beforehand. (N.B. This isn’t always easy to organise with my other commitments.)
Taster Days consist of a series of sessions (around 4.5 hours) based around general principles, the use of a rowing machine and some time in the Tank (an indoor rowing facility like a sitting alongside a swimming pool).
Recent experience has shown that it is better to be less determined to get attendees onto the water on their first day, as this can unnecessarily rush the necessary – and considerable – steps that need to be taken before actually handling a boat. Those wanting only a taste of the sport may therefore be invited back to have a water experience on a subsequent date.
Apart from the first days of a course, further Taster Days are only offered when they can fit in with the smooth, ongoing development of those already rowing.
Click here for details of how to reserve your place.
During a course, my own rowing commitments must take priority, as they involve others who may depend on my availability. You will be kept informed in good time about any variations to the course schedule.
See this overview for a reminder of how the course will work. This overview also indicates how you should deal with any absences due to your own holidays and other pre-existing or ad hoc commitments.
Courses are run subject to viable numbers (minimally 12 and preferably 15+ persons). Each session may be tailored to the number and competences of those available. All dates are provisional and outings on the river may be compromised by outside factors including weather and flooding.