OJRC will be running various courses throughout the year fr 9-16 year olds. Below you will find details on what is on offer. Many more details will be published over the next few weeks.

October 2018 Half Term 2 day Course

Our 2 day half term course will be run on 22nd and 23rd October 2019 from 9-5pm. The cost is £175 per person and bookings are now open. If you would like a booking form please email the Course Director Amelia Wright amelia@oxfordjuniorrowingcourse.co.uk

This course is designed for those who have already stepped into a boat (even if briefly). We cannot take on complete novices for this course. If you have had an introduction to rowing at your local club/school or atttended a rowing course over the summer like our 2 day Fledglings course then that is a great step. We of course then cater for all next levels of rowers right up to elite.

Easter 2019 Courses

We are running two courses in the Easter holidays in 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.

8th-10th Aprl - 3 days. £250 per person. This course is aimed at those who have already been introduced to the wonderful sport of rowing, at whatever level from beginner through to advanced.

11th and 12th April - 2 days. £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.

Summer 2019 day Courses

We will be running two 5 day courses in the Summer holidays for 9-18 year olds. All levels 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 members will enjoy a morning of rowing every 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.

The course will be based from Magdalen College Boat House in central Oxford. More details to follow shortly.

Fledgling 2 day Courses

We will be running 2 day Fledglings courses in the Easter and Summer holidays. For information on our 2 day 'OJRC Fledglings' courses for 9-11 year olds please click here.

If there is something we have not covered or you would like to know more about then please either visit the FAQ page or get in touch with us.

Why the OJRC?

Rowing is the ultimate team sport and this course is about far more than just rowing. The OJRC not only teaches novices to row, takes intermediates to the next level, and polishes the skills of advanced rowers, it also introduces and develops an essential set of life skills. At the OJRC we believe that young people have a greater chance of fulfilling their ambitions and reaching their goals if they are given the right ‘tools’.  

Rowing is at the heart of our week long courses, but supplemented by a range of activities designed to engage and challenge course members. A broad set of life skills are as important as academic achievement, and rowing is renowned for building core qualities like determination, independence, tenacity, time management, and resilience, among many more. Our 5 day programme blends a superb rowing experience on Oxfordshire’s enviable portion of the Thames with complementary activities and challenges designed to discover and nurture untapped life skills in every course member.

The OJRC is a unique week of coaching, engagement, fun, challenging experiences and personal development built around one of the UK’s most successful international sports.  It’s a toolkit for life wrapped up in one energetic week of rowing and rewarding experiences.

Your Day

During your week with us you will spend the majority of your time on the water doing what you love (or will soon love) - rowing!  But you will also spend time gathering those crucial life skills.

Water Sessions

Whatever your ability you will spend a solid 5 hours a day rowing whether that be on the lake, the river or inside on the tank.  Sessions will be run by our team of experienced coaches who will take the time to get to know your goals for the week and ensure you get the most out of your week (they might even sit in a boat with you and give you some practical demonstrations!).  During your week with us you will spend time in a mixture of boats from singles and doubles/pairs to quads/fours and eights.  Of course not forgetting the crucial budding coxes - we will be running a special session for you too!

Life Skills

Each day of the week will have a different focus and we will include this in all we do on and off the water.  Examples of life skills we will be covering include: communication; team building; leadership; resilience; conflict resolution and goal setting.  For the 16+ ages we will also be running a session on employability and personal finance.


During your week with us we will guide you through various top tips on looking after your wellbeing, including mindfulness, yoga and nutrition.  You will engage in some practical sessions with experts in their fields and go away with some understanding of what it takes to look after mind, body and soul.

Phone Detox

You can’t put the genie back in the bottle when it comes to smartphones and tablets. They are a ubiquitous part of our daily lives.   While we can all agree that there are many pros to mobile phones, there are also a huge number of cons for young people.  At the OJRC we’ve decided to run our week long courses 'phone free'.  Your week with us is about connecting with people face to face and learning new life skills. Employers agree that the most important life skills aren’t always about technology, they’re about building interpersonal relationships, teambuilding, and human interaction. OJRC is a unique opportunity to spend a week with people without the distractions brought by digital technology. Phones will be collected in at the beginning of the day and given back at the end however please be assured that coaches will always have phones on them in case of emergency and parents/carers are always welcome to call us at anytime.