Adult Sculling & Small Boats

Capital Rowing Club’s Sculling and Small Boats program offers something for scullers of all skill levels. Capital provides structured coached programs for both recreational and competitive scullers. Because of limited availability of equipment for coached programs, space in programs is limited. Preference is given to existing members; some interested scullers may need to be placed on a waiting list.

Club Sculling Program

The Club Sculling program helps intermediate, advanced, and competitive scullers  improve their technique, conditioning, and confidence under tutelage of an experienced coach. This program accommodates several different levels of experience and rowing and fitness goals. Some club scullers are active racers and some never race at all. The program does not regularly offer sessions for those who have no rowing experience but periodically offers Sweep-to-Scull opportunities. There are two options for advanced scullers:

  • Morning Advanced: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Evening and Weekend Advanced: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 6:15 or a.m. or 8:00 a.m. Saturday

There is one option for intermediate scullers:

  • Morning Intermediate: 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m Tuesday and Thursday and 6:15 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. Saturday

Competitive Sculling Program:

The Competitive Sculling program, which meets Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., is designed for advanced scullers who want to focus on racing. Find out more information on the Competitive Sculling page.

Independent Sculling

Scullers who are club members and have passed the certified independent sculler test – including requisite boat care, safety, handling skills, and a flip test – under the observation of a Capital coach may also register in the Independent Sculling program.  Equipment not being used for a coached program can be reserved no more than 24 hours in advance for a maximum of two hours.  Scullers must sign out the equipment on iCrew when heading out to the water and must indicate their planned route and the name and phone number of a person who will monitor their return.  Coached programs take precedence for boat use and there may be times that a reservation will be bumped for a coached program.

Learn to Scull

Capital periodically offers introductory sculling classes led by experienced coaches. This year, we hope to offer Sweep-to-Scull programs for those who are competent sweep rowers. We do not anticipate offering sculling classes for those with no rowing experience, but we encourage you to join a Learn to Row session in the sweep boats! Because of limited space in regular sculling programs, graduates of an introductory sculling program may not be able to enroll immediately in an intermediate or advanced sculling program.

Additionally, private sculling classes can be arranged, depending on coaches’ availability. Please contact membership@capitalrowing.org if you are interested in private lessons.

Rack Space

Capital offers rack spaces for members who own their boats when space is available.  The waiting time for rack space is currently quite long (approximately 5-10 years).

Additional Information for Scullers – Small Boats Manual

All CRC scullers should be familiar with the Small Boats Manual. The manual includes detailed safety information, the CRC small boat inventory with weight class information, and requirements for certification as an independent sculler.

Please direct any questions about the sculling programs to membership@capitalrowing.org