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AARC Open Sculling Program
Program Description

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

The Open Sculling program is suitable for those who have completed a Learn to Scull class or have previous sculling experience.

Coaches strive to create practice plans and lineups that focus on improving fitness and developing and refining rowing techniques for all rowers - from those who wish to row recreationally to those looking at compete at top levels.
  • 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 
  • Register and pay for Open Sweep/Sculling* (Fees and Registration) (Please read our Refund Policy before committing to a program)
 *Open Sweep/Sculling Program includes access to both sweep and sculling practices and equipment.

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
2024 Sculling Practice Schedules
Scullers MUST arrive early as you need to leave the dock with teammates at the times listed below.  
Participants SHOULD NOT launch on their own before/after the practice start time.

Spring (April 1 - May 24)
*We row 2x's only until water temp reaches 50 degrees

Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning 7:30-9AM          
Evening   6:30-8PM   6:30-8PM      
Summer (May 28 - Aug 30)
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning 7-8:30 AM 7-8:30AM 7-8:30AM
Evening 6:30-8PM 6:30-8PM

Fall (Sept 3 - Oct 26)

Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning 7:30-9AM
& 9-10:30AM
Evening  6:30-8PM 6:30-8PM

Advance sign-up for practices and Boat reservations
Advance sign-up helps make the most of practice time. It facilitates effective assignment of equipment and avoids the need to send rowers home. 

To be assigned equipment in practice, rowers must sign up WEEKLY with their availability for the next week. Your sign-up is due by noon Thursday of the week prior. The sign-ups are compiled into a schedule of daily line-ups that are posted (via link) on the club’s website home page by Sunday for that week's practices. It is important to regularly check the schedule on website before any practice for changes.

Once you have signed up and been assigned equipment, please notify the sculling coach if you will not be attending practice so that equipment can be redistributed if needed.

For use of club equipment by approved scullers outside of practice time, rowers must reserve a boat.

Safety is top priority at AARC. 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. For more information please visit our Private Boat Owners page.


Interested members are encouraged to race in regattas. During the summer and fall racing season, the club will attend a number of local, regional and national regattas. See the Regatta Participation page for more information about races.


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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