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AARC Club Sculling Program

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AARC strives to provide our members with high-quality, organized programming for scullers at all experience levels.

The sculling season begins in late April and ends in October, actual start and end dates are weather dependent. 
  • Club membership:
    • Full member (paid)
  • Graduate from Learn to Scull or previous sculling experience* and Head Sculling Coach 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 Sweep/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 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
Sculling Practice Schedule 2020
Sign up at Fees and Registration
Group  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  5:45-7AM   5:45-7AM   5:45-7AM 
  7:30-8:45AM    7:30-8:45AM     7:30-8:45AM    
C      5:45-7AM   5:45-7AM     
    7:30-8:45AM     7:30-8:45AM      
 5:45-7AM           5:45-7AM 
7:30-8:45AM              7:30-8:45AM 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled practice.

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.
Scullers who Sweep
Members of the Club Sculling program may also participate in the Open Sweep or Competitive Sweep practices (based on program signup and respective sweep coach's approval).

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


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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