Oxford Courses

We have now come to the end of our 2018 courses but below you will find details of the various courses we have on offer for 9-16 year olds in 2019. Many more details will be published in the coming weeks.


We are running two courses in the Easter holidays during the week 8th-12th April aimed at 10-16 year olds. We could take 9 year olds depending on maturity and ability, please get in touch to discuss.

  • DEVELOPMENT COURSE - this is a 3 day course running from 8th-10th April from 9-5pm and is £250 per person. This course is aimed at those who have already been introduced to rowing, at whatever level from beginner through to advanced and are looking to develop their skills to the next level.

  • FLEDGLINGS - this is a 2 day beginners course running on 11th and 12th April for 9-16 year olds and is £180 per person. This course is for complete novices. We will be introducing you to the sport through a mixture of land based and water sessions, hopefully igniting a passion for rowing.


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 in 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 including paddle boarding, kayaking and more. These other water sports will contribute to their water confidence and skills but introduce them to other opportunities available on our rivers.


“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 novice courses will be the beginning of what we hope might become a lifelong love affair with the river. We will be running a 2 day course for novices at Easter and novices are 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 operating from two different sites in Oxford, both within walking distance of each other.  Our beginners will start their week in Hinksey Park on the boating lakes.  The affectionately known 'pond' is where they will first step into a boat.  The pond is 2 foot deep and just about big enough for a small number of boats to manoeuvre around on.  They will then move onto the larger lake with a fantastic new pontoon and safety launches.  Here they start covering distance and learn to steer.

We will introduce them to singles and doubles on the lakes before they gain momentum and get some big boat experience in quads and eights on the river for the second half of their week.   The lakes are the perfect place to safely master the art of rowing before venturing out onto the river.


Our intermediate and advanced rowers 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.


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.