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Sculling

Program Offerings

Learn to Scull

Novice Sculling 

Advanced Sculling

Independent Sculling

Learn to Scull 

 

Overview 

DC Strokes is proud to offer its first Learn to Scull (LTS) program this year. This is a four-week instructional sculling class designed for rowers who have experience rowing sweep, but do not have any sculling experience. The purpose of LTS is to instruct rowers on the basics of sculling. After completing the LTS program, rowers are invited to continue rowing in the Novice Sculling Program. This program is full for the 2024 season. 

Requirements 

Currently, this program is only being offered to current DC Strokes members with experience rowing sweep.  

 

Schedule 

Learn to Scull meets Fridays 6:15-8:15 PM, Saturdays 1:00-3:00 PM, and Sunday 9:45-11:45 AM from April 26 through May 19, 2024. 

Fees

The fee for LTS is $320 for the season.

 

Coaching 

 

LTS is taught by Coach Chantel Sheaks. 

Novice Sculling 

Overview

DC Strokes is also offering a new novice program this year following LTS. Novice Sculling will begin following the conclusion of LTS and will consist of those scullers who have recently completed LTS with DC Strokes or with another club or have other prior sculling experience but are not advanced enough for the Advanced Sculling program. Much like the Novice Sweep program, this program builds on the foundational work taught in LTS.

Requirements 

This program is open to rowers who have completed LTS with DC Strokes or another team.  Some sculling experience is required. 

 

Schedule

 

Novice Sculling begins June 3, 2024 and goes through the beginning of October as weather permits.  It meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15-7:45 PM and on Sundays 9:45-11:15 AM. 

Fees 

The fee for Novice Sculling is $520.  For rowers also enrolled in a DC Strokes sweep program, the fee is 20% off. 

Coaching

Novice Sculling is taught by Coach Nathan Paxton, Coach Rachel Poor, and Coach Russell Topp.

 

Advanced Sculling

Overview

For rowers looking to challenge themselves and continue to improve their technique, DC Strokes continues to offer Advanced Sculling for 2024, with three days of professionally coached rowing each week.


Workouts will become increasingly rigorous over the course of the 24-week season. While competing in regattas is not expected, it is encouraged.

Requirements 

This program is open to rowers who have at least one season of sculling experience in order to participate in this program. Please contact Coach Chantel Sheaks (coachchantel@dcstrokes.org) to discuss if this program is right for you.

Schedule 

Advanced sculling will be Tuesday and Thursday 6:15-7:45 PM and Sunday at 8-9:30 AM starting April 15 through early October as weather permits. Please ensure you have approval from Coach Chantel before registering. Independent scullers must also have Coach Chantel’s approval for registration.

Fee

The fee for the Advanced Sculling Program is $700. 

Coaching 

Advanced Sculling is coached by Coach Chantel Sheaks. 

Independent Sculling

Overview

DC Strokes continues to offer a program that allows certified scullers to row independently under the DC Strokes banner.

Requirements

Independent scullers may take out singles and doubles without a coach only during daylight hours. Only certified scullers may sign up for independent sculling.  To be certified, rowers must:

  • Have passed the flip test under observation from an ACBA coach; 

  • Show competence in boat handling (on and off the water);

  • Be confident on the water without a coach; 

  • Certify that you have read and are familiar with the DSCRC Small Boats Manual and Safety Manual; 

  • Certify that you have read, are familiar with, and will abide by all DC Strokes and ACBA safety policies; and

  • Have registered on the DC Strokes Boathouse Connect app and have a basic understanding of how to use it.

Schedule

Independent Sculling is open Mid-May through the end of the season in late October/early November.

 

The DC Strokes fleet of singles and doubles is small. Coached programs (LTS, Novice Sculling, and Advanced Sculling) are given priority on DC Strokes equipment.  Usage of private boats is permitted, but must be arranged with the owner of the boat and the boat must be a part of an equipment sharing agreement with DC Strokes. 

When not in use during a coached program, DC Strokes equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and it must be reserved through Boathouse Connect.

For assistance or questions about boats: coachchantel@dcstrokes.org.

Fees

 

The fee for Independent Sculling is $560.  For rowers enrolled in another DC Strokes Sculling program, the fee is 60% off. 
 

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