Beginner/Intro Sessions

If you are interested in trying out Gig rowing or have experience and want to meet our club. Use the Contact Us form to inquire about our next Beginner/Introduction Session. We will reply within a few days to arrange your first row.

Our Location

We launch our training boat ‘Avocet’ from the dinghy park at Shelly Beach into the estuary. We gather on the beach (sorry no Clubhouse). Parking is the streets or at Camperdown Car Park (with a 3-minute walk)

Your First Session

We row regularly on Thursday evenings (from 5.30pm summer only) and Saturday mornings (from 9 am)
The boat will go out for 3 or 4 sessions of approximately 45 minutes, we like members to help launch or retrieve the boat so there will be some waiting around, (a chance to chat). We spend a lot of time planning balanced crews around safe tides, please arrive at the agreed time. You will be given instruction on the water.

The Costs

Beginner sessions are £5 each or three for £10. After three sessions, you are invited to join the club for £80 (from April to Mar). As well as the two regular sessions a week members can arrange extra sessions for fun or race training. We also organize fun social events.

The Crews

Crews for Beginner sessions are carefully balanced with experienced rowers for your safety, please make sure you are on time to meet your crew and go out together.

Mixed crews on regular sessions practice technique and enjoy the exercise, there are also opportunities to try out regatta racing and maybe join a racing crew, otherwise, we arrange social rows for example to Topsham or the River Exe Cafe.

Becoming a Gig Nut

Be warned gig rowing can become addictive. Why is that? What brings people out in all weather?

  • “I like the meditive motion, you just get lost in the concentration watching your oar out in the estuary”
  • “I’m a boss at work but in the boat the cox is in charge and I just do what I’m told”
  • “I want to lose weight and keep fit and rowing uses more muscles that most sports”
  • “I thought I was a quiet character until I joined a crew in a regatta now I’m so competitive I train 3 times a week and can’t wait for the next race”

 

Other Notes

The nearest toilets are the Dockside Cafe or the Beach Pub.

We do leave bags on the beach but don’t leave valuables in them, (the club has no responsibilities for items left on the beach).

Your feet will get wet. Bring wet boots or old trainers.

We look forward to meeting you