Sweep v. Sculling

Sweep Rowing

In sweep rowing, each rower holds a single oar. There are 2-person , 4-person, and 8-person boats. These are called “pairs”, “fours”, and “eights” respectively. Fours and eights have a coxswain, someone who steers, coaches, and motivates.

Many people enjoy the teamwork and camaraderie of sweep boats, since they tend to be larger. Larger boats are generally faster, which can be exhilarating. NCAA collegiate competition involves sweep boats. Those who like coaching and leading others may enjoy training and volunteering as coxswains. Many members take turns coxing since there tends to be a scarcity.

If you would like to learn sweep rowing, check out our Learn to Row days and Novice Program.


Sculling involves each rower holding two oars to control the balance of the boat. Sculling boats come in one-person, two-person, and four-person varieties. These are called “singles”, “doubles”, and “quads” respectively, and our fleet includes all of these . Many people enjoy the flexibility of sculling since it requires less schedule coordination. The individual challenge and tranquility are other appealing factors.

In order to use any club sculling equipment, you must have passed the club Learn to Scull program. There are separate certifications for lake and river sculling, lighter and narrower boats, and to scull in the bow seat in a double or quad, since this requires steering at a higher rate of speed.