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Junior Blades Courses - 2019

Last Updated 23rd January 2019

Junior Blades One (11 16)

The Blades One course is the first step in learning how to Row and Scull. On the course you will learn how to get afloat safely, and learn the basic techniques of sculling individually and within a crew. The course will also help you to get to know basic terminology about your boat and oars. As part of the course you will learn the basics of how to use an indoor rowing machine, though the course is 90% water based.

We aim to keep the course as practical and active as possible. Physical exercises are kept gentle on the body as individuals learn the technique; frequent breaks are incorporated into sessions, making the course suitable for all. Instructor feedback is continuous due to a maximum ratio of one instructor to four participants, enabling everyone to progress techniques quickly.

All participants start off at the same level, and there is no pressure to learn quickly. Everyone will make mistakes but the most important thing is to have fun, meet new people and learn something new and if you have any worries the recreational rowers will usually be on hand to tell you first hand what to expect!

Prior experience required:   None

Duration: 4 Days (2 Hours / day)
Days: Monday to Thursday inclusive
Cost: 75
Times: 09:30 - 12:00
Coach to Student ratio: 1:4
February Half Term
February 25/26/27/28
Easter Break
April 15/16/17/18
April *23/24/25/26
Spring Half Term
May *28/29/30/31
Summer Holidays
July 22/23/24/25
July 29/30/31 August 1
August 5/6/7/8
August 12/13/14/15
August 19/20/21/22
August *27/28/29/30

These are the main courses that shall be run. Should demand dictate, more will be run.

*Where there are Bank Holidays on a Monday, the courses will start on a Tuesday.




Junior Blades Two (11 16) - NEW FORMAT STILL IN EFFECT

This is a progression on from Blades 1, with the aim to further boat skills into a smaller racing shell. This will allow refinement of skills learnt from Blades 1 and a progression into smaller boats.

NEW FORMAT - by condensing the course to be over two days, with 2 sessions per day and a short break in between, there is more time in the boat and less time waiting around for the parents!

Prior experience required:   Blades 1

Duration: 2 Days (4 hours / day)
Days: Monday and Tuesday inclusive (*unless otherwise specified)
Cost: 70
Times: 09:00 - 13:00
Coach to Student ratio: 1:4
February Half Term
February 25/26
Easter Break
April 15/16
April *23/24
Spring Half Term
May *28/29
Summer Holidays
July 22/23
July 29/30
August 5/6
August 12/13
August 19/20
August *27/28

These are the main courses that shall be run. Should demand dictate, more will be run.

*Where the Bank Holiday is on a Monday, the course will be Tuesday/ Wednesday.




Junior Blades Three (11 16) - NEW FORMAT STILL IN EFFECT

This is a progression on from Blades 2, with the aim to further boat skills into a fine sculling boat. We find that after completion of Blades 3, Juniors are able to join any club and participate fully.

NEW FORMAT - by condensing the course to be over two days, with 2 sessions per day and a short break in between, there is more time in the boat and less time waiting around for the parents!

Prior experience required:   Blades 2

Duration: 2 Days (4 hours / day)
Days: Wednesday and Thursday (*unless otherwise specified)
Cost: 70
Times: 09:00 - 13:00
Coach to Student ratio: 1:4
February Half Term
February 27/28
Easter Break
April 17/18
April *25/26
Spring Half Term
May 30/31
Summer Holidays
July 24/25
July 31 August 1
August 7/8
August 14/15
August 21/22
August *29/30

These are the main courses that shall be run. Should demand dictate, more will be run.

*Where the Bank Holiday is on a Monday, the course will be Thursday/ Friday.




For further information, please contact Mike Hnatiw or Daniel John at CBWAC.

Tel: (029) 2035 3912 or email: mhnatiw@cardiff.gov.uk or daniel.john@cardiff.gov.uk