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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Which camp is best for me?

A. For participants aged 13-16 years old with some experience of the sport there is the choice of booking onto two different camps this summer. Our junior development camp is aimed at those who have more experience in larger boats (doubles or quads) looking to improve technique and working towards a single scull regatta at the end of the week. The performance camp is for those who are already confident in a single and will focus on improving technique and speed on the water. If you cannot comfortablly sculll 1km in a single we would recommend booking onto the development camp for this summer!

We are also running two weeks of our performance camps this year, split simply by age. Both weeks will include the same high performance coaching team and a very similar timetable including mainly technical sculling sessions on the water in 1x's and will concentrate on technical and video analysis and feedback from our coaches, including strength and conditioning and training advice. The only difference is that our second week for ages 16+ will be based on the River Tyne, rather than at Maiden Castle in Durham.

For full information on the camps, check out our pages HERE or get in touch on teamdurham.holidaycamps@durham.ac.uk

Q. The sculling camps look great - how do I book a place?

A. Simply follow the link at the top of each page to be taken to our new online booking site. From there you will be able to fill in all relevant information and you are now also able to make your deposit payment online too. Please note that the booking is not confirmed until payment has been recieved so do get in touch if you have any queries on the system.

Q. How will I know if you've recieved my booking?

A. Once you've completed our online booking form and made your payment you will recieve an email confirming the details you've submitted and the dates you have booked. If you have any problems or queries at this stage just get in touch and have your booking reference number handy to help us track your booking.

Q. I read that boat hire is available, how do I request a boat and blades?

A. We do have a number of boats and blades available for those who are unable to bring their own to our Performance Camps. You can select the option to hire a boat when making your booking and pay the required £100 deposit online. After you have recieved your booking confirmation you will then be able to get in touch to arrange boat allocation. Please note that while we will do our best to allocate a boat best suited to your height and weight, boats will be allocated on a first come first served basis and we are unable to guarantee an exact match for every participant.

Boats will be checked at the start and end of the week and full deposits will be refunded on completion of the camp providing the boat is returned undamaged.

All equipment will be provided for our Learn to Row and Junior Development Camps.

Q. If I choose the residential option, where is the accommodation?

A. For our performance camps the Residential athletes will be accommodated in Durham Choristers School. Set in its own grounds, adjacent to Durham Cathedral in the very heart of the city, it provides the perfect base to explore Durham. The buildings are very much a ‘house’ area, with newly refurbished dormitories and bathrooms. Participants can also enjoy the use of two common rooms, sports facilities and yard, dining room and IT suite.

If you are booking the residential option for the Learn to Row or Junior Development camp accommodation will be in Grey College. One of the University Colleges, Grey offers magnificent views of the spectacular World Heritage Cathedral from its landscaped grounds. The college accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities and there is also access to several communal areas during free time.

Q. Is food included (and how many meals)?

A. Good news - meals are included as standard for all our Sculling Camps! For non-residential participants this will be a hot meal each lunch time and a snack. For those staying residentially this also includes a cooked breakfast (or selection or cereals, toast and fresh fruit) and a full evening meal each day.

Q. What is the ratio of coaches to participants and who will be coaching on the camps this summer?

A. During the camp participants will be working with our coaching team in groups of six to ensure quality feedback and a better experience on the water. Our team of coaches includes our high performance University Boat Club coaching team along with visiting coaches from local clubs and further afield!

Q. What kit do I need to bring?

A. We will be sending out a kit list along with full joining instructions to our participants closer to the summer.

Q. Which river will I be rowing on?

A. Our camps will be based at the University's land training base at The Graham Sports Centre in Durham City. The water sessions for these camps will be on the River Wear in Durham, based from the DUBC Robert Gillespie boathouse on site. For our second Performance camp (ages 16+), sessions will mainly be based on the larger River Tyne from the University's water training base with Tyne United Rowing Club.

Q. Can I make changes to my booking once the deposit has been paid?

A. If you need to make any amendments to your booking or edit any information you have provided, please just get in touch on teamdurham.holidaycamps@durham.ac.uk or call on 0191 334 4735 and we would be happy to help. Once you have made your initial booking you will not be able to make any changes using the online system.