As an outdoor water sport, UCBC is committed to giving our members a fun and enjoyable experience, and hence safety is an important priority.
The governing body of rowing in Oxford, "Oxford University Rowing Clubs (OURCs)", requires that every rower and cox complete a simple - albeit mandatory - swim test in order to be eligible to participate:
At present the test consists of (in general terms):
- Wearing a t-shirt and shorts (as a minimum)
- 50m swimming (any stroke)
- Surface dive for 5m. You must have your full body submerged for the full length.
- Tread water for 2minutes. When treading water you are expected to have your full head above the water and have your airways open.
This is in-line with the requirements of British Rowing and all have real-world practical reasons for their inclusion. All testing is carried out by qualified personnel.