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Learn Sculling: Lessons, Camps, How-To's, Do's, and Don'ts

Sculling Instruction

There are several ways to learn how to row a single.  One way is to take individual instruction from one of our coaches, or if you're a member of our club you can seek out one of our experienced scullers to help get you started.  New for 2018 is a commitment to offer Sculling Learn To Row courses periodically throughout the year.  Stay tuned to this channel for further developments as they break.  Or send an email to and we'll keep you informed.

Here is the email link to our sculling instructors.

Group instruction in sculling is also available at rowing camps sponsored by the Florida Rowing Center.

We hope to help you enjoy our sport and passion!

CCRC Rules for Rowing Club Shells

Caloosa Coast Rowing Club Rules for Rowing Club Sculls.

CCRC members who row any of the club’s sculls are defined as either “Unqualified” or “Qualified”

“Unqualified” scullers are not permitted to row in the club’s sculls without another club member within visual contact.

Further restrictions/requirements for rowing club sculls are as follows.

  1. “UNQUALIFIED”scullers shall be:

    • Escorted by either a club member in a safety launch or another experienced sculler rowing with them.

    • In constant visual range of the escort.

  2. “QUALIFIED”scullers shall be:

• Escorted by an experienced club member in another boat and rowing with them.

• In constant visual range of or have cell phone communication with their rowing escort.

  1. LOGBOOK: A Log Book is maintained in the storage shed.  Scullers are required to log IN prior to rowing and log OUT when complete.  Entries shall include: Date, Time In & Out, shell being rowed, and any problems encountered with equipment i.e. leaks, broken or missing parts, etc.  Notify the Equipment Team ASAP if any equipment is missing or broken. 

  2. Sculls must be washed and drained of any water after use, and tied down.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The following defines the requirements for becoming “Qualified”.  Checkouts are to be administered by any of the Club’s coaches.

  1. Pass a swimming test.
  2. Perform the following rowing techniques safely and with adequate proficiency:
  • Launching: sitting down into the boat and shoving off the dock.
  • Demonstrate proper oar handling & basic rowing technique consisting of:
    • Steering.

    • Balance.

    • Making quick stops and direction changes.

    • Docking, removal from the water and returning to the racks.

    • Perform an intentional flip and recovery.

    • Demonstrate familiarity with boating rules and regulations pertaining to rowers and other boat traffic (i.e. right-hand traffic patterns.  High-visibility rowing garb, etc).

If you wish to be become qualified for rowing a CCRC single you can make arrangements for a checkout with either: 

Joe Guttieri

Stefan Sztansca

Jon Hart

Jim Fentress

Five-minute Rowing Course

Hah! Don't we all just wish... Well, there are some very good principles shown in this brief video.

Sculling Fundamentals Video

Fundamentals of Sculling

Sculling With Your Fingers (How to Use Hands, Wrists, Fingers)

Hint: you don't flex your wrists when sculling (unless you're in an Olympic race at 34 spm in choppy water conditions!)

Sculling Flip Recovery

OK, here's how a flip recovery looks when you have no idea of what's about to happen to you. That young man in the video is Jim Fentress, the lake was about 54deg and the altitude was 9,000 feet which might explain how the student could be so stupid. Nope, that's not enough, haha!

Flip recovery as done by someone who knows what they're doing!

Here's Calm Waters' very clear demonstration of how it's done, with almost zero mistakes.

How to Make Your Boat Faster

These are general concepts of things you need to focus on to get the most boat speed.

Sculling As Seen At The Highest Level

Here is an excellent narrated video of how the Olympic Rower practices the craft.

Robbie Manson setting a new World Record

Rob Manson of New Zealand pretty much shows the world how it's done.

CCRC Rowing Shells available for club use

Beginner to Intermediate

  • 1x: Maas Aero
  • 1x: Maas Aero
  • 1x: Cambridge
  • 1x: Alden
  • 2x: Alden "Allway"

Intermediate (3 months or more sculling experience)

  • 1x: Little River Jon Snow
  • 2x: Little River (outside boatyard

Intermediate to Advanced (1 yr or more sculling experience)

  • 1x: Pocock Ltwt (functional but in serious disrepair)
  • 1x: Wintech Junior Racer (ultra lightweight)
  • 1x: Swift Mdwt Competitor
  • 2x: Wintech Mdwt "Red Leader"
  • 2x: Wintech Ltwt "Good Will"

Advanced Scullers Only (coachs' permission REQUIRED)

  • 2x/+: Vespoli Mdwt
  • 4x/+: Swift Elite "Intrepid"
  • 4x/-: Vespoli VHP quad