Courses are now planned for 2021 – probably starting in late June. The likelihood is that smaller groups will be more acceptable for the foreseeable future, so I’ve looked at how to reduce group size and decided to redesign the course around sculling in stable boats of four people (plus a steering person called a cox). Although this will require more of my time (lucky me!) it will provide you with an even better introduction to rowing.
All courses will run, as usual, over about 6wks according to the number of sessions offered – usually over 20. The cost of a full course will be £160 for 2021.
For 2021, everything, hopefully, is a one-off. In future, I intend to offer 2-3 courses over a full “normal” year, usually starting April, end-July and end-Sept, subject to numbers and personal commitments.
Taster Days (see below) are usually only offered on the start dates of new courses although there will be more than one “start date” for each course to allow some flexibility for you and for me. So there will be opportunities for people to attend these one-off days but only at these times. I shall post dates here and Tweet them (@OxfordRowCoach).
Please be sure to advise me by email (email@example.com) if you wish to be kept informed about new course dates. All those already on my email list will be contacted with updates automatically. Announcements will also be made from my Twitter account (@OxfordRowCoach).
Booking a place
Courses don’t fill up. They are just rescheduled to accommodate however many people apply. Click here for details of how to reserve your place. N.B. Don’t just email me!
There are some people who have already paid deposits. They will retain credit against any future course.
N.B. If you wish to claim a refund, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your bank details and the approximate date of your deposit payment. (I have records of payments but would appreciate a steer on when to check for your transaction.)
Taster Days (structure)
Taster Days can be attended as a stand-alone experience of the sport of rowing or as the initial sessions of a full course. The cost of a Taster Day is £30 with the Taster Day fee credited against the course costs if you go ahead with the full programme.
Any start date announced can constitute a Taster Day. There is usually a modest choice of dates on which people are invited to start their course – particularly if numbers become excessive – although I do encourage everyone to attend as early as possible.
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 (amounting to around 4.5 hours in total), based around general principles, the use of a rowing machine and, providing it’s available, some time in the Tank (an indoor rowing facility like a sitting alongside a swimming pool and holding an oar).
Recent experience has shown that it is better to be less stressed about getting people onto the water on their first day. This can unnecessarily rush the necessary – and considerable – skills that need to be taught before being able to handle 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 rarely offered and then only when they can fit in with the smooth, ongoing development of those already rowing.
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 an overview of how the course will work. This also explains 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.