Oxford Junior Rowing Courses

Below you will find details of the upcoming Oxford courses we have on offer for 9-16 year olds in 2019.


WEEK 1 (w/c 29th July) FULL

WEEK 2 (w/c 5th August) FULL

We will be running two 5 day courses in the Summer holidays for 9-16 year olds. All levels from beginners to advanced will be welcome on both weeks.

The cost is £450 per person and the dates are 29th July - 2nd August and 5th-9th August.

During both courses are younger course members will enjoy a morning of rowing each day followed by an afternoon of other water based activities. These other water sports will contribute to their water confidence and skills but introduce them to other opportunities available on our rivers.

What is an OJRC ‘FLEDGLING’?

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats".  Ratty’s advice to Mole at the beginning of The Wind in the Willows captures perfectly what we aim to achieve with our Fledglings. 

Our Fledglings are novice rowers who have not yet stepped foot in a boat. Our Fledgling courses will be the beginning of what we hope might become a lifelong love affair with the river. As you can see above we are running a 2 day Fledgling course at Easter and Fledglings are also welcome on both our 5 day courses in the Summer.

At OJRC we love being out having fun on the water and we want nothing more than to introduce our Fledglings, just as Ratty introduced Mole, to the unbridled joy of being out in rowing boats. Starting with the important aspects of water safety we hope by the end of the course to have prepared our Fledglings for their next step which might even be a visit to The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.


If you would like more information on our Oxford Courses please do get in touch by visiting either the ‘Contact’ or ‘How to Book’ pages. You can also visit our FAQ page which might answer some queries you have.


We will be boating from Magdalen College Boat House (MCBC) in the centre of Oxford.   MCBC has traditionally been one of the most successful Oxford boat clubs over its 158 year history. Since their founding in 1859, they have seen countless wins at Henley Royal Regatta, fielded hundreds of rowers for the Boat Races, and maintained their status as one of the pre-eminent rowing colleges in Oxford.

MCBC is located on the City Bank of the River Isis (Thames) in Oxford, at the end of what is known as Boathouse Island. The boathouse has all the facilities we need for our week on the river including changing rooms, a common room and a balcony with stunning views of the river.

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Originally home to the University of Oxford 'Blue Boat' (who now train on a longer reach of the Thames at Wallingford) this is the two mile stretch of the river known as the Isis.  During the university terms the water is churning with activity as the many college eights practice for their iconic annual event, Summer VIIIs where eights try to catch, and literally 'bump' one another.

Thankfully, by the time we hold our courses here the students will have packed up and gone home for the holidays leaving peace and quiet behind for us. From our MCBC base near the centre of town, the river makes its way out of Oxford towards Iffley Lock where it meanders on out into the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.  We will take great advantage of rowing through the locks during the week, exploring other reaches of the Thames.