What time does the summer rowing course run?

We start at 09.00 each day, please arrive at 08.45 to allow for changing, filling of water bottles etc. We finish the afternoon session at around 16.00 except on Friday where we will finish at 15.00.

Who is the summer rowing course suitable for?

The summer rowing course is suitable for all abilities, from beginners with some basic rowing knowledge to experienced rowers. Please indicate your rowing ability and experience on the application form so you can be grouped together with participants of the same ability.

What is the proportion of boys to girls on each course?

It can differ from week to week depending on the accommodation, however all course dates are mixed gender and we generally see an even split of boys and girls.

How much time is spent rowing each day?

We row (weather permitting) two sessions each morning. Each session lasts 60 – 90 minutes, including the mid-morning break this will take up to lunch at 13.00. The afternoon session will be completed on land.

What do participants do during the afternoon session?

The afternoon sessions cover various topics to support rowing technique and overall fitness. Sessions generally include; sports nutrition, correct weight lifting technique, core stability and posture, we are also often able to organise an inspirational talk from past Olympians.

Who will be coaching and teaching on the course?

All adults on the staffing team are DBS checked. All rowing coaches are themselves very experienced in rowing, many of which teach at schools and coach rowing locally. The afternoon seminars are all taught by leaders in their own fields.

What food will be served?

For participants attending daily we serve fresh fruit and refreshments between the morning outings and also provide a lunchtime meal. For residential participants we serve breakfast, mid-morning refreshments lunch and an evening meal. We can cater for all dietary requirements and allergies. Please note these down on the application form when applying to the course.

Where is the accommodation?

The accommodation is on-site in a fully self-contained flat above the boathouse.

Can my I share a room with someone else if I am attending the course on my own?

This is still possible but please book early as we only have a limited number of rooms available.

Can I arrive the night before the course starts?

Yes, it is possible to book an early arrival at a cost of £30 per person, payable on arrival. If you wish to arrive the night before, you must book with Sport Imperial and arrive between 18.00 and 19.00. Please note that this does not include an evening meal, but does include breakfast on the Monday morning.

What boats will we use to row?

We use all types of boats of the courses from singles to eight’s and octuples. Depending on your ability the coaches will decide what boat you go out in each session. If you want to concentrate on one discipline more than the other i.e. sculling, please note this down on the application form when applying.

Are evening activities organised for residential participants?

Yes. A range of evening activities will be offered, for example ten pin bowling, swimming, etc. However please be aware these activities will incur an additional charge to the participant.

How can I book a place on the course?

To apply for a place on a course, please download and complete the booking form (pdf). Email your completed form to rowingcourses@imperial.ac.uk along with confirmation of payment, which you can make through oursecure online payment system.

If your application is successful you will receive confirmation via the main correspondence email address you supplied on the application form. Due to the popularity of the courses we are unable to reserve places.