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The Junior Squad at Reading Rowing Club are pleased to offer two Summer Camps for those interested in learning to row during the Summer Holidays 2019.
Learn to row this summer
Course 1 - Beginners/Novice
Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August, 8:30am - 4pm
Course 2 - Beginners/Novice
Monday 5th August – Friday 9th August, 8:30am – 4pm
Cost £280 per person per course.
If you are aged 13 – 18 (Year 8 and above) and wish to apply for a place on a course, please complete the application form and make payment (link below).
Juniors with a confirmed place on one of the courses will be required to attend a swim and capsize test prior to the course. This will be held towards the end of July (date TBC) at Queen Anne’s School Pool. At this the Junior will be required to demonstrate that they can swim in light clothing at least 50m each on their front and back, tread water for 5 mins and swim under water for at least 5m as well as complete a capsize test following a demonstration. There will be a charge of £5 on the day.
The Beginners/Novice courses will consist of learning boat handling skills, ergo technique, sculling and rowing in different sized boats including crew boats. This course will be led by experienced RRC coaches.
Those attending the courses are required to bring lunch, water and any additional snacks they may require for the number of hours of activity of these courses. Juniors will not be allowed to leave the clubhouse to visit local shops. All food and drink must be brought with them at the start of the day.
For those attending a course who are interested in joining the Junior squad in September, an offer of a place may be made following the successful completion of a course and subject to availability.
There are changing rooms including showers available at the club for the use of course members during their session times. Those attending must be suitably clothed for each outing and bring more than one change of kit. Suitable attire should include shorts, leggings, warm socks, t-shirt, long sleeved top and warm long sleeved top. The latter should not have pockets at the front. Layers of clothing are best and a hat can be worn if a cold day. Trainers should be worn.
Terms and conditions
1. Reading Rowing Club ('the Club') junior courses are organised and run by its members and associates at the Club’s premises at The Boathouse, Thames Promenade, Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8BD.
2. Athletes are enrolled on the junior courses regardless of their prior membership or association with the Club. However, each athlete will be required to complete a temporary membership application at the commencement of the course. Once enrolled, the Club Committee will admit the athlete as a temporary member of the Club for the duration of the course attended.
3. The five-day courses are run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. No accommodation or food is included in the course fee. Attendees are responsible for bringing sufficient and appropriate food and drink for the level of activity each day. Those attending will not be able to visit shops during the day and are required to remain in the environs of RRC clubhouse.
4. All athletes are required to complete and sign the course application and consent form at the time of their application. Parents or guardians of junior athletes (aged 13 to 17) are also required to agree and sign the application and consent form before the applications of juniors can be processed.
5. All enrollment is at the absolute discretion of the Course Organiser. Participation in the course remains at the absolute discretion of the Course Organiser.
6. The Club provides all necessary equipment for training on and off the water, but athletes are welcome to bring their own sculling boats and blades to use on the course.
7. Reading Rowing Club retains responsibility for safety. Safety and navigation are covered in talks whenever appropriate throughout the course. Athletes should, at all times, adhere to the safety instructions given by the coaching team.
8. The course involves river outings in a variety of sculling and rowing boats. In the course of training, it is fairly common that athletes fall in the water. Athletes are asked to confirm that they can swim a minimum of 50 metres unaided on both front and back, in light clothing, tread water for 5 minutes and swim under water for at least 5 metres.
9. In view of item 8 above, athletes intending to take part in a course are expected to attend a swim and capsize test on a Saturday in July at Queen Anne’s School at the cost of £5. If an athlete fails this test, they will not be allowed to attend the course and any reimbursement will be at the discretion of the Course Organiser and subject to the place being filled by someone on the waiting list prior to the commencement of the course. No capsize drill will be carried out during the course, but the principles of such drills are covered in the course safety briefings. Attendance on the course without having demonstrated competency is only at the discretion of the Course Organiser and requires both the Athlete and Parent/Guardian to sign to confirm competency of swimming ability. The athlete will be asked to wear a buoyancy aid when on the water where swimming competency has not been demonstrated to the Course Organiser’s representative prior to the start of the course.
10. Athletes are reminded to bring at least three changes of clothes each day together with a towel.
11. Buoyancy aids will generally be provided by the club.
12. If an Athlete is not dressed appropriately for the weather and conditions, the Coach or Course Organiser can refuse the athlete to take part in an activity and if necessary request the parent or guardian to collect the Athlete from the club at any time during the day. The Athlete should ensure they bring with them each day the suggested items on the kit list provided.
13. Once on the river, coaching instructions are shouted or delivered through a megaphone. This is common, and often necessary for audibility, as the distance between boats can be large.
14. Athletes may be filmed so that technique and performance can be analysed.
15. The objective of the courses is to coach sculling. While the Club retains responsibility for safety during coached sessions, it does not take responsibility for athletes' welfare or conduct when off the water between these sessions.
16. A Club officer will be responsible for the welfare of juniors on the course.
17. The Club's ability to cater for special needs is limited, but it is able to accommodate some minor special needs. For further information, please contact the Course Organiser.
18. The course is booked on a first-come, first-served basis, on receipt of a completed application form and full payment. At the Course Organiser's absolute discretion, a provisional booking may be made while awaiting the receipt of payment.
19. Declaration of athletes' height, weight, date of birth and rowing experience are necessary for the Course Organiser and/or Coach to allocate equipment and place participants in an appropriate coaching group.
20. In the case of force majeure, if in the unlikely event of the Club being unable to run the course or any substantial part thereof, an appropriate refund of fees will be made.
21. The Club deploys substantial personnel and equipment resources to run courses. Consequently, cancellations are accepted at the Course Organiser’s absolute discretion. Refunds will only be made at the Course Organiser’s absolute discretion and will be in line with the cancellation policy. Generally:
a. Cancellations are accepted up to two weeks before the commencement of the Course.
b. A late cancellation (received less than two weeks prior to the course) is only accepted if the place vacated can be filled in good time prior to the course’s commencement.
c. No refund is made if an athlete withdraws after the course has commenced.
22. The club reserves the right to cancel the course at any point, and will endeavour to provide the maximum notice possible.