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 Swim Tests

This page includes information relating to swim testing. 

All those who wish to row or cox as members of OURCs or in OURCs events must have passed a swim test or satisfied the Rowing Sabbatical Officer of their swimming ability. For further discussion feel free to comment here:

Matters arising to be directed to the Rowing Sabbatical Officer.


At present the test consists of (in general terms):

  • Wearing a t-shirt and shorts (as a minimum)
  • 45m 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 airwaves 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.


Michaelmas Term


4 swim-test sessions were run and two capsize drill sessions totalling 21 hours of pool time. 

1654 persons took swim tests. There was an 8% failure rate. 


0930-1130 Thursday 0th

TBC Sunday 1st

Hilary Term

112 people took swim tests over two sessions in Hilary Term. 

Trinity Term

205 people took swim tests over two sessions in Trinity Term. There was a 5% failure rate.