In autumn and winter, Seville in southern Spain may safely be regarded as the Mecca of rowing and canoeing. It is a favourite location for training camps for elite crews from many countries. And of course for SaarRowingCenter. Twice a year, in February/March and in October/November, SRC runs a course/training week here for rowers in single sculls, 2x/2- or 4x/4-.
The course/training week runs from Monday until Friday. This includes 4 days of rowing; on Wednesdays, participants will have the day off to visit Seville. There will be two outings per day (1 hour and 30 minutes in the morning, and 1 hour and 15 minutes in the afternoon). Rowers will generally have the same Dutch coach throughout the course. Our coaches are qualified coaches (Dutch coaching level RC3/RC4) experienced at coaching rowers of various levels, from novice rowers through to experienced veteran rowers. Coaching will be done from a launch (catamaran). On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning, the coach will make video recordings of the outing, which they will discuss with you (1:1) after lunch. No video recording will be done on Friday. The video-analysis, and the drills, exercises and focus points obtained from the analysis, will be used as the starting point for the afternoon outing. There will be a maximum of 3 rowers per coach.
- Monday 5 March – Friday 9 March 2018: FULLY BOOKED
- Monday 12 March – Friday 16 March 2018: Extra week in Seville, only with a minimum of 6 participants
- Monday 5 November – Friday 9 November 2018
- Monday 25 February – Friday 1 March 2019
Our rowing water
The outings take place on a branch of the Guadalquivir river with no current. We row on a 7 km stretch including the international regatta course (2 km) looking out on the Expo92 buildings on the bank. To the north of the regatta course, the river flows through natural area, whereas the southern part of the stretch of rowing water has a more historic and urban character and will take you through the centre of Seville. In your boat, you will pass under several emblematic bridges and will be able to see the Giralda tower and San Telmo Palace. There is very little traffic on the river, apart from a few sightseeing boats on the southern part of the river, along the water front of this historical city. These boats hardly cause any wash.
Participants will be rowing in racing singles or larger boats, mostly Empachers. Apart from single sculls, rowers may participate in 2x, 2-, 4x and 4-. To participate in these larger boats, please register as a crew, rather than on your own.
Most participants in the course/training week in Seville are from the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Courses in Seville tend to have a pretty international character. Coaching is done in English, German or Dutch.
How much experience is required?
The regular course/training week is for advanced or experienced rowers, some of whom, but certainly not all, will be looking to race in Head races or regattas. Good, dedicated coaching will help you refine your technique. We regularly receive rowers who use the training week in Seville to prepare for the Scullers’ Head, the Head of the River or the Heineken Quadrathlon Rowing Event (“Roeivierkamp” or just “the Heineken” in Dutch). Beginning single scullers are also welcome in Seville. A separate beginners’ sculling course is on offer, provided there are at least three novice single scullers wishing to participate.
In Seville, we use the excellent facilities of the International Rowing Centre, located at walking distance (20 minutes) or at an easy cycling distance from the centre of Seville.
Seville offers an excellent opportunity to combine rowing with exploring the vibrant Spanish city and night life, art, and culture. It is a beautiful and very attractive city with a range of sights and landmarks, making Seville ideally suited for rowers with non-rowing partners.
Travel and accommodation
Participants will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Limited accommodation is available and can be booked in the sport hotel at the rowing venue, or at the 5* hotel nearby (walking distance); however, most participants prefer to stay in downtown Seville and explore the city’s vibrant night life.
Seville is easily accessible by airplane. The city is about 20 minutes from the airport by bus or taxi. You do not need a car to get around in Seville: the interesting part of the city can be covered by (rental) bike or walking, and from the city centre is is only 10-20 minutes to the rowing centre where we are based.
The participation fee for the course/training week is EUR 790.– (VAT included). This includes:
- 4 days of access to the International Rowing Centre and its facilities
- 4 days of rowing in single scull, double scull or another boat
- 8 rowing sessions over 4 days
- daily coaching and 3 outings with video recording from the coaching catamaran
- 4x lunch
- 3x video-analysis after lunch
- personal coaching
- a boat adjusted to the individual rower or crew