Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be able to swim?
Unfortunately, yes. Everyone that rows must pass a very basic swim test. This involves 50 metres of swimming, 5 metres underwater and treading water for 1 minute. If you think this will be a problem, please still get in touch with us as it might be possible for you to learn in time to row next term.
Do I need to be really fit?
No, only a very basic level of fitness is required, and there are certainly no ‘tests’ to decide whether you’re fit enough to join in!
How much commitment does it involve?
You might think that rowing is a huge commitment, but it’s not! To begin with, you might have 2 or 3 outings per week, and maybe 1 or 2 short sessions in the Wadham gym. We aim to have 3 boats for each side of the Boat Club, so there are lots of different levels of commitment, depending on how much you want to be involved.
How much will it cost?
We wish rowing at Wadham could be free- but it’s just not possible. However, it is much cheaper than anywhere else, as our equipment and day-to-day costs are highly subsidised by college and our alumni. This means that we are able to make rowing accessible to everyone.
Your first few sessions are free. If you decide you want to continue rowing throughout Michaelmas, then for £30, you get a whole term of top-level coaching, use of our gym and equipment, as well as a t-shirt to wear for Christ Church Regatta. After that, all members pay £34 per term. If this is an issue, please chat to us before deciding not to give it a go.
Do you get to have fun too?!
Training is only a tiny part of what being a member of the boat club involves. We have a packed social calender, involving regular trips to the pub, as well as crew dates and whole boat club curry nights. We also have 2 formal dinners per year, after Torpids and Summer Eights, where boat club members past and present get together to celebrate our successes.
What do I need to wear and bring to an outing?
Even when it’s cold, when you start to row, you’ll get warm! So wear layers that you can take off easily, including stretchy shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms (no jeans!). A waterproof jacket is also a good idea to put on top, in case you get caught in the rain. You might also want to bring a bottle of water and a snack for after your outing.
When do I get to race?
Your first opportunity to race will be in ChristChurch Regatta- the highlight of Michaelmas term. It is held on the Isis, which is where our Boathouse is, in 7th Week. It is just for people who have only rowed for one term at Oxford, so its a really good introduction to racing. Later in the year, we have Torpids and Summer Eights, as well as racing at regattas outside of Oxford.
What if I’ve rowed or coxed before?
Get in touch, and we will be excited to integrate you with our current senior squad.