Helford River Gig Club welcomes all ages (our youngest member is 12 and oldest rowing member is 76!), all abilities and all fitness levels. We provide a welcoming environment to make new friends and keep fit, with plenty of recreational and competitive rowing opportunities.
A sport for all ages, there is competitive rowing in a number of age categories. 'Juniors' are under 16 years of age, 'Open' is all rowers of all ages, over 40's are referred to as 'VETS' with 50+ rowers called 'SuperVETS'. A new category has recently become popular - the over 60s, referred to as 'Masters'.
What age can I start rowing?
As a rough guide a junior rower needs to be taller than 140 cm (4’ 7”) and strong enough to handle an oar.
Sara Gadd and Steve Bagshaw run the junior rowing sessions with the kind assistance of volunteer mums and dads who are vital to assist with gig launching. A minimum of 4 adults are needed for the session to run.
Regulations for junior rowers are governed by the CPGA and administered by the Welfare Officer. These are set for the advancement and protection of youth rowers. Key items for the information of parents and rowers are:
- Personnel managing the youth section have background and / or interest in youth sport, and are DBS checked. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
- Child safety and security are managed in accordance with the CPGA guidelines. HRGC adopts the guidance and rules of CPGA including the policy for Safeguarding and Protecting Children. Appendix 5 includes Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Parents and Juniors
Prior to rowing the parent or guardian must complete a Junior Rower Information & Health Questionnaire, which will be reviewed prior to rowing. The junior will be instructed in the safety aspects of the water and gig rowing and must wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid always during the junior session; these are provided by the club and are kept in the Oar Shed on Ferryboat Beach.