Flying Trapeze School - Les Siamangs
Flying trapeze workshops and classes in the Drôme, the only school in Europe open all year round and able to welcome 15 students at the same time, on 3 trapeze lines - Drôme (26)
During the workshop, you do one session per day of 2 hours (6 sessions a week).
In the summer, there is often a night session under the floodlights.
The rest of the day is free: you can go hiking in the Vercors, kayaking on the Drôme or climbing... If you prefer you can stay in the garden, enjoy the pool or go for a bike ride.
The training takes place as follows:
See a video HERE
It is possible to join a running session, but it is not recommended. Especially if you are coming for the first time.
Apart from being greeted with an "Excuse us, we started on time!" that will (hopefully) make you laugh, you'll miss the game in the net that allows you to playfully familiarise yourself with its reactions.
You will also miss a whole series of warm-up exercises that will make it easier for you to approach the trapeze. And finally you have less time to get to know your colleagues.
In short: arrive early, you will save time!
The weather is not reliable at all here.
To the east, there is the Vercors with a mountain climate. To the west Tain l'Hermitage with a Mediterranean climate and one of the best vintages of the Rhone valley. A little further away the Ardèche with a mountain climate again. To the south the Drôme provençale and to the north the Lyonnais. In short, within a few kilometres, there are four totally different climates (from 800mm of water per year to over 1600).
A weather report cannot take into account all these local data.
In other words, it is very likely that the weather will be fine when the weather forecast predicts rain.
The hostel is attached to the garden where the flying trapeze is installed. It is not managed by the association "Les Siamangs" but by Jean-François Marin.
IMPORTANT: It's a self-managed hostel!
You do your own shopping, cooking and washing up, as well as cleaning the rooms you have used when you leave.
In general, the students come together to cook in a very friendly way and do the shopping. You can arrive the day before the first day and stay for 7 nights if you do a one-week workshop.
You have to bring your own sheets. (Or rent it for a fee of €10).
It is also possible to camp in the garden or park a caravan nearby.
If you prefer, there is a bed and breakfast 200 m away: "Le relais de Tournay" +33 (0)4 75 71 56 30
With our very well elaborated equipment (4 platforms with 2 trapeze lines) the waiting time is short and the training remains quite intensive during the 2 hours of a session.
Only acrobats with a regular practice in flying trapeze or gymnasts can really benefit from a second training session.
Sometimes during the summer, a night session can be organised in addition to the day's training, but only a few passes are made.
The workshops are open to all levels, from beginners to professionals.
The students are divided according to their affinities, their size and whether or not they use the safety lines.
On the platforms everyone helps each other in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We hold and give each other the trapezes and recover the safety lines of the previous flyer.
If it rains (it often rains for a short time during summer storms), the training is postponed to before or after the storm.
If it rains for a longer period of time, you can take a day off (there are 5 sessions scheduled in 6 days) or do a trampoline session in the gym.
If too many sessions are cancelled, the price will reflect this.
In spring and all Saints' Day, training takes place in the early afternoon, usually at 2pm.
In summer it is usually better to train in the morning or late afternoon (or even in the evening) because of the high temperatures during the day (up to 35°C in the afternoon).
At these temperatures it is better to go swimming or take a nap, like in Corsica.
The timetables are chosen with the trainees. On Sunday, the first day of the course, there is a training session at 5pm. The other days it's in general at 9am and at 5pm.
The students register on the whiteboard the day before for one of the training sessions the next day.
You can attend a workshop outside the indicated dates.
In this case get together a group of at least 5 people and call or email to propose a date.
If your group is not big enough, you can ask if another group has already formed for the period you are interested in.
We can provide this service for you. The fee is €15 for each ride and will be invoiced together with the hostel.
The times that work best for us are Saturday evening or Sunday around 1pm. You can send an email before you pick up your ticket to ask if the time you have planned is suitable. This also allows us to arrange group trips.
The nearest train stations are Romans-sur-Isère and Valence TGV.
No, the handguards which protect the hands from blisters have to be adapted to the trapeze artist's hand to be really effective.
Also, many people can't cope with the loss of contact with the trapeze bar.
We have handguards to lend, but it is best to bring 10 cm wide gauze or elastoplast (self-adherent medical tape).
Yes, you can bring your aerial apparatus and hang it in the gym at a height of 5 or 6 meters.
It is a low cost hostel independent of the association "Les Siamangs", although it is located at the same place.
It has :
- a room with 3 single beds of 12 m2
- a room with 2 single beds of 9 m2
- a room with a double bed and two bunk beds of 16 m2
- a dormitory with a double bed in a mezzanine, two bunk beds and 4 single beds of 24 m2
- a dormitory with a double bed in a mezzanine and 5 single beds of 24 m2
- a small room with a double bed and a single bed of 8 m2 (12 m2 on the ground)
- a small room with a double bed of 6 m2 (10m2 on the ground)
- 3 showers, 90 cm x 90 cm + changing room 1 m2
- 3 toilets 90 cm x 1.20 m
- a large fully equipped kitchen and dining room of 63 m2
- a large room with table tennis table and mats of 70 m2
- a washing machine and dryer
There is no special supervision for minors.
Since most of the time there are regulars, even regular families who come to our workshops. So they are always close to an adult you can trust.
We don't let them do everything. For example: if they have to go shopping, we accompany them and we don't let them hitchhike.
In the hostel, there is a girls' and a boys' dormitory.
Yes, you can participate for as many or as few days as you like.
But you should know that with the fatigue and the time that learning takes, you will have the impression of regressing on the 3rd day (as in skiing). Then you will improve until the 6th day, when a break will be very welcome.
It is therefore advisable to participate for the whole week in order to fully benefit from the workshop.
No, participation in the workshops is not included in the membership. On the other hand, it is not necessary to pay for membership to attend a workshop.
However, regular members may train during workshops as long as they do not disturb or delay the course.
No, it is not necessary to participate in a workshop before joining the regular classes.
You can come for a trial session before subscribing.
For your training we provide a gym with two fixed trapezes, a rope, silks, a Chinese pole, a high bar, parallel bars, two large trampolines, a mini-tramp, an acrobatic track, unicycles etc.
The Trapeze is surrounded by a large garden with a swimming pool of 7,30 m x 3,70 m.
A great place to relax and enjoy yourself.
Bicycles are available if you want to go for a ride in the area.
The students often organise trips to the Vercors, go kayaking on the Drôme or swimming in Lake Champos, only 5km away.
There is also a high ropes course 10 minutes away by car.
By plane to Lyon (easyJet) or Marseille (Ryanair).
By train to Valence TGV or Romans-sur-Isère.
There are also good car sharing possibilities to Tain-l'Hermitage or Romans.
You can check with Blablacar.
We can come and pick you up from Valence TGV, Romans or a carsharing parking near Margès (€15 per trip).