Row for St. Edmund Hall Boat Club and become one of over 2000 students at the university that take part in the sport of rowing each year.
So you are considering rowing for The Hall? Fantastic! It's probably the most rewarding activity you will ever undertake during your time in Oxford.
We welcome all students at St. Edmund Hall, from experienced rowers seeking to compete to a high level to novices simply looking to keep fit and have fun. With an extensive social calendar including crew dates, formal dinners and barbecues, the Boat Club forms integral part of the student experience for many at the Hall.
We've compiled a selection of most frequently asked questions to find out more about rowing at our Boat Club. Not what you're looking for? Ask a question by contacting us here.
How many sessions do we offer per week?
The number of sessions we offer varies according to your experience. If you're just starting out, one can expect approximately 3/4 sessions per week - although how many sessions you wish to attend is completely up to you. As you become more experienced or wish to be considered for selection in one of our 1st or 2nd boats then naturally you will expected to commit more of your time to the sport. At the business end of the university rowing season you can expect the Men and Women's 1st VIII's to be training daily for successive weeks in preparation for competitions.
How do we train at SEHBC?
Training at Teddy Hall Boat Club consists of a mix between ergo sessions, circuit training, technical coaching in a rowing simulator (the 'tank') and outings on the water. Each sessions lasts between 60-90mins according to the training programme issued by the coach. Some of our senior rowers also choose to supplement the rowing programme with weight training in the gym in their spare time.
Where do we train?
Training takes place in a number of locations in and around Oxford according to your crew. Land training sessions occur at our Boat House on the banks of the Isis in Christ Church Meadow or in the OUBC tank facility in Iffley Sports Centre. Water based outings are undertaken either on the Isis near our Boat House, at Godstow approximately 20mins from the Hall or at Radley College Boat Club.
What competitions do we take part in?
The Boat Club primarily trains to compete to the highest level possible in Torpids and Summer Eights regattas, the most important competitions in college level rowing. Torpids is held annually in Hilary and Summer Eights in Trinity term. Novice rowers are also encouraged to compete in Christ Church Regatta held annually in Michaelmas term. The Boat Club is also known to take part in external regattas from time to time, including the famous Head of the River Race from Mortlake to Putney and Henley Royal Regatta.
How do I get Involved?
The Boat Club undertakes a heavy recruitment push around the time of Michaelmas term weeks' 0, 1 and 2 each year, however new members are always welcome throughout the season. Be sure to check out our stall at the JCR's Freshers Fair held in college in week 0. Here you can meet the committee, ask us questions and we'll get you signed up on our mailing list. Alternatively, you can sign up by registering your interest with the Captains via social media at any point during the season and we'll do our best to integrate you into the programme as soon as possible.
Do I need to complete a swim test in order take part?
Yes. A swim test is mandatory in accordance with the rules set out by the college boat club governing body, OURCs. Do not be put off by this requirement however. To find out more about swim tests, speak to one of our Captains or the Boat Club's Safety Adviser.
How much does it cost?
Rowing at St. Edmund Hall is extraordinary value for money. At just £32 per term, rowers can expect quality coaching a minimum of 4 sessions per week and use of all boat club equipment including ergos, boats and blades.