Learn to Scull

Learn to Scull Prerequisites

  • Membership in the River City Rowing Club

  • Previous experience with "sweep" rowing



To register, contact Mike at connors@saclink.csus.edu or call (916) 278-4265.

Class size is usually limited to 6 participants (4 participants minimum).

Cost is $100 for a session.




     Dates for 2013

     Day of the Week



July 24


  5:30 - 7:30 pm

July 26


  5:30 - 7:30 pm

July 27


   8:30 - 10:30 am

July 31


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

August 2


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

August 7


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

August 9


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

August 10


   5:30 - 7:30 pm


August 21


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

August 23


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

August 24


   8:30 - 10:30 am

August 28


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

August 30


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

August 31


    8:30 - 10:30 am

September 4


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

September 6


   5:30 - 7:30 pm

Course Overview  

The objective of this program is to learn the fundamentals of sculling so that you can use the single rowing boats independently without supervision. However, sculling with a partner is highly recommended at all times even after you have completed the class.


The program consists of 8 classes. By the end of the sessions, all participants should be able to pass a basic sculling test in a racing scull to test their ability to row independently without supervision.


Course Outline


Day 1


Boat handling, launching, and carrying of single

Grip/overlap and setting stretchers

Hand crossover and getting in and out of boat

Circle drill with arms and back rowing

Day 2


Proper feathering

Recovering from a flip 

Rowing at half-slide 

Turning, backing and docking

Day 3


Rowing at full slide

Sculler’s catch

Steering and course tips

Day 4


More rowing and applying pressure• 1-2 drills

Day 5


Transition to race single• Back to arms and back and half-slide

Day 6


Rowing in race single at full slide• Spinning boat and backing

Day 7


Full slide rowing with some drills

Day 8


 Final review• Test/checkout

Sculling Test  


By the end of the class, all participants should be able to pass a basic sculling test in a racing scull to test their ability to row independently without supervision.

After passing the test, you will have the privilege of taking out a RCRC single scull boat on your own. You will be passed or failed by the instructor for each of the following activities:


  • Describe boat travel pattern on the river

  • Sign in

  • Transport boat to the dock

  • Self launch from the dock

  • Left circle

  • Right circle

  • Ten full strokes

  • Reverse length of the dock

  • Maintain 1 minute at the catch

  • Self dock the boat

  • Return boat to the boathouse

  • Bring up the oars

  • Sign out




If you are interested in intermediate or advanced sculling lessons, please contact Mike Connors at connors@saclink.csus.edu.

Beyond Learn to Scull - Intermediate or advanced sculling lessons