Youth Courses

We ran several successful youth courses in 2021 - and pleased to confirm that we will be organising new new courses in 2022!  This is the first time an opportunity like this has been made available for youths to experience in an eight boat - same as The Boat Roace.  Suffice to say, this will be an unforgettable course for them to take part in... and be the total envy of all parents!  They will get the opportunity to learn SWEEP rowing on the River Cam in the most stable boat in our fleet. 

Rowing is a popular sport at many further and higher education institutions around the country. Our week long course can give your child a real insight into the wonderful world of rowing. Joining a town/college club can be an excellent way to settle in, make new friends and have new goals in place that may not have previously been considered.  Having this experience under their belts, will give them a huge advantage in more ways than one. 

Our courses will run over 1-2 weeks and will consist of the following;

Day 1 (3.5 hours)

  • Introduction to the City of Cambridge Rowing Club, the oldest known club in Cambridge with tour.

  • Learn the rowing technique on state of the art Concept 2 Ergs (rowing machines)

  • Work as a team to take the 8 boat from our boat bay and place onto the river

  • Take turns to enter the boat while stationary and get a feel of the rowing stroke and technique

  • Learn how to stabilise the boat and follow the coxes calls

  • Row on the river Cam

  • End of session debrief


Days 2-5 (2 hours per day)

  • 30% land training, 70% on the water

  • Each day, we go further up the river Cam, right up to Baits Bite Lock (7km away!)

  • End each session with a group debrief



  • Must be able to swim at least 20 metres in clothing (we have not yet had anyone fall into the river but this is as a precaution!)

  • 13+ year olds

  • Minimum weight 38kg

  • Maximum weight 120kg

  • Minimum height 5ft


Our spaces will be restricted to a maximum group size of 16 per group.  If there are no dates showing as available, or no spaces left, please register your interest here and we will try our best to accommodate you.


If you have any further questions, please email or call us on 07507718791.


It's worth noting that this is a teamsport and as such, your child will be expected to attend the full course.  The boat holds a minimum and maximum of 8 people so if you do not turn up for your session, we cannot take the boat out for the remaining 7 members of your team.

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Missed the boat?

Don't worry. We may well be planning another session in the same week. If you would like your child to take part, please Register here.