Rowing in Dorset

Gig Racing and Rowing

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Rowing is one of the oldest Olympic sports, and Dorset’s magnificent coastline and rivers are a great place to do it. Rowing is a team sport where athletes face backwards while sat in a boat using oars to propel them forward.

Rowing Clubs

If you want to learn rowing, consider joining a rowing club where you can develop rowing skills and meet like-minded people.

iCoast provides links to a range of gig racing / rowing clubs in Dorset. There are different levels of membership available and being in a club means that you can use their equipment and rowing facilities.

You don’t need any prior experience or a high level of fitness to take up rowing. Club members have training sessions as a part their schedules to boost their fitness and endurance. You should, however, be able to swim in the sea for at least 100 metres.

Types of rowing

You can take part on two types of rowing on the Dorset coast:

When is the best time to do it?

Competitive rowing takes place in the spring and summer months. During the winter months most clubs decide not to go out on the water but to stay inside and train in gyms.


Planning your trip

Watch out for the environment
  • Take all rubbish home – do not discard rubbish at sea or on the beaches. Find out more about Marine litter in Dorset.
  • Report live strandings of cetaceans, and injured/entangled marine mammals to British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 01825 765546 (24 hours). Report all other live injured or entangled animals to RSPCA 0300 1234 999

Staying safe

  • Check out the British Rowing’s ‘Row Safe’ page here
  • And the British Rowing Code of Conduct here
  • You should be able to swim at least 100 metres
  • If you are spending a long sessions on the water should make sure you are hydrated

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