Learn to Row with the Q8 Pilot Gig

Post by Mark

Here is another interesting activity I recently found out about. Q8 Pilot Gig is a rowing club that offer rowing lessons and outings led by certified coaches. They offer two categories of rowing, you can either do it hardcore and be part of a racing crew, or just row for fun and general fitness (social rowing). The club has 6 beautiful locally built boats and each can carry 6 rowers. The club isn’t based in any specific location but instead row out from different spots around the Kuwaiti coast to keep things interesting for the members. Once you become a member you will have access to the clubs app which will allow you to book from a number of different outing options. They launch from public beaches so one day you might row from Nino’s to Souq Sharq, another day you might row out from next to Corniche Club, it’s always changing so you don’t fall into a routine.

The cost to become a member is KD55 a month and that gives you unlimited access to the rowing sessions as well as training by the certified coaches. They row at least 4 times a week with sessions taking place mid week and on weekends, mornings and afternoons. So it’s very accessible no matter how busy your schedule is. On Saturdays for example they usually have 4 to 5 rowing sessions available for you to choose from. If you’re a Corniche Club member, Q8 Pilot Gig is setting up a base there for the Corniche members and the cost per month will be even less for you.

They offer a free “tasting session” before you decide to become a member and sign up, so if you’re interested in trying them out then you could contact Steve Lock on 99031123 or email them on GigRowingKuwait@gmail.com. You could also check out their instagram account for pictures and videos @q8_pilot_gig


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  1. Ahmad Hammoud says:

    Thanks for this Mark! Been looking for a rowing club ever since I got back to K a couple of months ago. We still have a few weeks of perfect weather.

  2. cajie says:

    It’s good to see such cool activities in Kuwait, instead of just people zooming around in jetskis.
    The Paddle board activity you posted earlier has also picked up, and I see quiet a few people paddling around the Salmiya bay.


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