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AARC Club Sculling Program
 
 
 

AARC strives to provide our members with high-quality, organized programming for scullers at all experience levels. Sculling components include initial instruction for beginners with or without rowing experience, regularly scheduled coached practices for scullers of all levels (focused on skill and endurance training, and with the goal of racing at regattas) and most importantly a safe and supportive environment for all scullers associated with AARC.   
The sculling season begins in late April and ends in October, actual start and end dates are weather dependent. 
 
 
Requirements
  • Club membership:
    • Full member (paid)
  • Graduate from Learn to Scull or previous sculling experience* and Director approval
  • Be able to carry the boat unaided to and from the dock  
  • Launch the boat and row unassisted  
  • Pass a flip test or equivalent 
  • Enroll and pay for Open/Club Sculling (Current Fees)
  • Please read our Refund Policy before committing to a program
*For those new to AARC with previous sculling experience, please contact info@a2crew.com to schedule a guest row to determine best fit.
 
 
Use of Club Equipment
 
Access and use of club small boats is dependent on skill.  Sculling coaches track members’ skill progression and approve individuals for the following levels of participation. 
 
Level I
  • Use only during coached sculling practices
Level II
  • Use during any coached sessions (sweep and/or sculling)
  • Based on coach discretion
Level III
  • Use with another experienced sculler on the water with you
  • Minimum 150K meters logged in a scull
  • Pass a dam-to-dam proficiency test
Level IV
  • Independent use of club equipment solo outside of scheduled practice hours
  • Minimum 300K meters logged in a scull
  • Pass a timed dam-to-dam proficiency test
 
Practices 
 
Sculling Practice Schedule (Late April-October)
 
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning   (7:45-9:30am)             Sculling
Evening (6-8pm)    Sculling  Sculling          
 
Please arrive at 6 pm or 7:45 am; practices will begin on the water at 6:15 pm or 8:00 am. Advanced skills and preparation for racing will be provided based on interest.  Sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of the sculling community--early season will focus on conditioning and sprint racing techniques and later season will focus on head racing techniques.  
AARC also offers private one-on-one coaching at an additional charge.  Scullers wishing to use this form of training must have completed Learn to Scull. More information...
 
 
Boat Reservations
 
Small boat equipment is assigned according to a reservation system. Scullers must use the online sign-up if they plan to participate in a practice. Equipment and coaching will be planned to accommodate those signed up for a respective practice. Equipment may be reserved up to 6 days prior to any given practice.  
Members who take out boats outside of scheduled practice sessions must return all boats to the boathouse 15 minutes prior to the start of a scheduled coached sculling practice, class or camp the club is holding. 
 
 
Safety
 
Safety is top priority at AARC.  All scullers are expected to read and become familiar with the OAAR Safety Plan and the AARC safety policies.  Independent use of the club sculling equipment is a privilege granted to those members who demonstrate proper safety techniques on and off the water. Any actions to the contrary will result in loss of boat use privileges. All club scullers are required to sign the boat out and in at each practice on the boathouse logbook. It is the responsibility of all scullers to report any damage to the boats to the Boathouse Manager as soon as possible.  Please complete the Equipment/repair report form
 
 
Private Boat Storage
 
Scullers who have or plan to acquire their own single shell should add their name to the wait list for rack space.  More information
 
 
Sign up for Club Sculling

 

AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
AARC is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations made to AARC may be eligible for tax deduction.  Please check with your tax consultant.
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