Skiffing

Skiffing Course Dates 2024

JS1: Junior Beginners Skiffing (school Y7 and above) – 8 places (potentially more can be added), £45
(fee includes Fine Boat supplement for the season)
Sunday 19th May, 9:15am for 6 sessions

This course is for children in school Year 7 and above. All participants must have passed the Wargrave Boating Club swim test and be tall enough to reach the stretcher in a skiff. Lessons are expected to last 30 minutes. 

JS2: Junior Improvers Skiffing (school Y7 and above) – 8 places (potentially more can be added), £45
(fee includes Fine Boat supplement for the season)
Sunday 19th May, 10:00am for 6 sessions

This course is for children with previous skiffing experience (for example, have completed the Junior Beginners Skiffing course). This course is for children in school Year 7 and above. All participants must have passed the Wargrave Boating Club swim test and be tall enough to reach the stretcher in a skiff. Lessons are expected to last 30 minutes. 

AS1: Adult Skiffing (Beginners & Improvers) – 8 places, £70
(fee includes Fine Boat supplement for the season)
Thursday 16th May, 7:45pm for 6 sessions

Adult skiffing lessons are for those who have not yet been approved to use the boats. Only two trainees are allowed per boat and therefore spaces are limited due to the number of skiffs available. Lessons are expected to last 40 minutes. You must be over 18 to participate in this course.

You must be a member of the Wargrave Boating Club for the 2024 season to participate in any of the Skiffing courses and be able to arrive before the course to help get craft out, and stay afterwards to help put them away.

SKIFFING

More about skiffing

Get trained and then practise your skiffing skills.

Once you have been approved as a skiffer, you should take every opportunity to get out on the river as often as your busy lives allow. 

There are a number of people who skiff on weekday mornings for an hour, usually starting at 8:45am. The number varies from three to eight, so we just get out as many boats as we need. The river is lovely in the morning and normally very peaceful. This is great exercise and suitable for skiffers of all standards. 

On most of these outings, there is at least one experienced person who can provide a bit of coaching or assistance if you need it. Skiffing is very sociable and informal. Any Junior Approved skiffers can come down to the club later on Sunday mornings after the courses to take the skiffs out. Crews and coxes will need to be organised by themselves.

Tim Simmonds is responsible for co-ordinating the skiff section, with a lot of help from other volunteers. If you have any questions about skiffing and access to the boats, then please contact Tim Simmonds​.