Juniors are arranged in four squads according to age as follows:
J14 – This is the beginners' squad
- The emphasis on J14’s is to establish watermanship and good technique rather than to win medals. These juniors scull in singles, doubles, quads, and octuples.
- This group trains 3 times per week.
J15 – In the second year of training
- Sweep oar rowing is gradually introduced. The training becomes more intensive and juniors will aim to compete in the National Schools Regatta.
- This group trains 4 times per week.
J16 – The time of transition between the J15 and the Performance squad
- Training gradually intensifies, as does competition. The National Schools Regatta is the main focus, but there is also the first opportunity to earn a Great Britain vest at the GB-France Match.
- This group trains from 4 to 6 times per week.
Performance Squad – When juniors join this squad commitment is expected
- It is from the Performance squad that the top crews are formed and the aim is winning races at the National Schools Head and National Schools Regatta. Intensive training with the J17-J18 athletes means new friendships are forged between the year groups.
- This squad trains 6 days per week.