Sculling involves each rower holding two oars, one in each hand, to control balance on both sides of the boat. Recreational and racing singles, doubles, and quads are available for appropriately trained scullers to use in our club. In order to use any club sculling equipment, you must have taken the club Learn to Scull program, have demonstrated certain skills in a single with a Sculling Director, or have been listed as a sculler on your 2009 or prior membership application.
The club offers sculling lessons to rowers of all ages after they have completed at least one year of sweep rowing. The same age/skill categories that exist for sweep rowing also apply to sculling: master, open or collegiate, junior, and novice. Since sculling boats don’t typically accommodate a cox, scullers must be adept at steering through the turns and bridges that line our river course. After a least a year of rowing in sweep boats, any club member may sign up to join our Learn to Scull Program (below).
Learn to Scull Program | Cost: $150
Our Learn to Scull Program is comprised of 6 sessions of 1.5 hours with an appointed instructor. After you apply for lessons, the sculling coordinator will pair you with an experienced sculling instructor. At that point, you will pay your lesson fee (this is a cost in addition to annual membership dues). Scheduling for lessons is done between you and your instructor, with as much flexibility as you need. You will learn how to safely and effectively handle sculling equipment, maneuver during docking and rowing, and successfully complete a self-rescue in the water. Once you have completed the formal lessons, you’re encouraged to practice on the lake or other safe setting with a sculling partner. With more experience and mentoring in singles and doubles, you may be invited to scull on the river, perhaps in a quad, and eventually may take the test to steer in bow seat in a quad.
Enrollment is first come, first served.
- Active club membership. If you’re not a current member, you can register here: Register for DMRC membership
- Each candidate must have at least one prior year of experience as a sweep rower
- Each candidate must have taken a coxing theory clinic by the end of the sculling instruction. If you want to learn to scull this year and haven’t taken this clinic, here’s your chance, contact our coxing coordinator
- Approval of the Sculling Director
Quad Bow Certification
Scullers who sit in bow seat of a quad are the navigators and must know how to steer the boat. Quad bow scullers in our club are required to be certified. Please contact our Sculling Director if you are interested in obtaining this certification: email@example.com
To see what sculling equipment is available for your level of sculling, please see our Equipment Policy.