Join the Club

Who can join Bristol Gig Club?

  • Anyone new to rowing (ages 12+)
  • Anyone experienced in rowing (ages 12+)
  • Social and competitive rowers – we have options for everyone!

How do I get involved?

Email with your name, phone number and whether you have rowed before.

All new rowers get 3 taster sessions before deciding if they want to join the club. Once you have contacted us, we will put you on the waiting list and you will be notified of the next available taster sessions. We will give you details on what to expect, where to meet and what to bring.

In order to cover wear and tear on the equipment, there is a small fee for the taster sessions of £30. This will be collected at the time of your first taster session.

What do I need to bring?

The goal of these sessions is to get you used to rowing in a boat. While you won’t be pulling especially hard at this point you should still wear clothes that you are comfortable doing exercise in. It’s much better to wear a few thin layers rather than one thick one as this way you can add/remove layers to keep you at the right temperature throughout the session. If there’s any chance of rain then bring a water proof. As for footwear you need something which can be done up tight enough to provide support. When rowing a lot of power actually comes from your legs, so it’s important they have a firm platform to push on. Trainers or walking boots are ideal. Finally, don’t forget to bring something to drink!

I’ve had my 3 rows, how do I join?

The New Rower Coordinator will email you all the information you need and a link to the membership form.  Once submitted and fees are paid, all new rowers will be enrolled into a ‘Newbie’ squad.  An experienced club member will be assigned to each squad and they will teach you everything you need to know to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience in the club.  These squads will run for 7-8 weeks or when the coordinator believes you are ready to go into Open Rows.

How much does it cost to join?

The current full adult membership fee is £175 per year, running from 1st February to 31st January.  There are various options for family, student, youth and Cox only memberships.  If you join partway through the year you pay on a pro rata basis.

I’m completely new to rowing, is it for me?

Most people who join the club have never actually had a go at rowing before. We give everyone who is interested the opportunity to have 3 taster sessions on the water to see if you would like to take up the sport. During this time you will be introduced to the boats and the rowing style, giving you the opportunity to determine if this sport is for you or not. These sessions will focus mainly on technique and explain the skills required to become a competent rower.

If you have any questions please contact the Membership secretary –

I’m under 16, can I row?

Bristol Gig Club has a vibrant and competitive Junior section for rowers under 16. Junior rows run on Saturday and one weeknight. If you are interested in getting involved please check out the Junior Squad section or contact our Junior Coordinator –

I’m an experienced gig rower, how do I join?

As an experienced rower you will need to take part in 1 assessment and information row before joining up. Please contact our New Rower Coordinator who will assist you with scheduling the assessment row.  This is generally done with an experienced crew and cox which allows us to roughly ascertain your rowing ability so we can direct you towards the training slots that are right for you.

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