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AARC Learn to Scull Program (LTS)

AARC invites you to experience the joy of rowing on Argo pond and we welcome all new scullers to our Learn to Row (LTS) classes!

Sculling is a type of rowing where a rower uses two oars to propel their boat through the water. Sculling is typically done in smaller boats of one or two people who navigate the water without a coxswain. Sculling allows for greater independence. In a scull, rowers can feel the impact of their own movement and connect to the water. 

Learn to scull is an introductory program for those who are new to rowing, have previous sculling experience and are in need of "refresher" lessons, or are sweep rowers who would like to learn how to scull. The class will teach you the basics and get you comfortable with sculling, preparing you for the next step in your rowing journey.


Learn to Scull Program Description

Phase #1

Participants will learn how to safely maneuver sculling equipment, both on land and in the water. Coaches will teach the sculling stroke and demonstrate proper technique to use single and double scull shells. Additional instruction on how to re-enter capsized craft from the water will be provided and students will practice this.

  • Participants receive intensive instruction during four, 3-hour sessions, scheduled from 7:30-10:30am over two weekends.  Each class can accommodate up to six scullers (coach to student ratio of 1:3)
  • Participants will use of AARC boats and equipment during lessons
  • A 30 minute break is scheduled each day. Bring your own water and a snack.
  • Social events with new rowers and AARC members will help participants learn more about the sport from others doing it
Requirements for Phase #1
  • Register and pay for Learn to Scull Session (see below)
  • Sign Rowing Waiver
  • With training, you must be able to safely move and transport a single scull weighing 40-50 pounds and 27' in length
  • Must be able to turn head to look over shoulder in both directions
  • Swimming ability (Adults over 18 must attest that you can swim)
  • LTS classes are intended for those 18 and older. Exceptions are sometimes made, but all rowers must be 16 or older. (If under 18, you need to pass the Youth Swim Test)
Phase #2 Open Sculling Trial

Immediately after successful completion of Phase #1, the sculler is invited to become a Full Member of AARC and participate in our coached Open Sculling practices for one month trial period to experience continued growth in skills and comfort on water.

Requirements for Phase #2
  • Club membership - Full member ($25)
  • Complete USRowing SafeSport Training, which will requires USRowing individual membership (~$20)

Phase #3: Open Sculling

LTS graduates who have completed Phase #2, are invited to join our 
Open Sculling Program and continue gaining physical fitness and sculling skills through technique-focused coaching. If you transition directly from LTS Phase #2 to Open Sculling Program, the Open Sculling seasonal rowing fees apply, although these may be prorated, if joining mid-season.

Is a Learn-to-scull class right for me?

There is no training or fitness level necessary for this class, but sculling requires a certain about of mobility to enter and exit the boat safely.  If you are able to get down to the floor in a sitting position using only one hand, and then get back up again, you should be fine.  If you have difficulties with this maneuver, you may want to take a mobility course (e.g., yoga, tai chi, etc.) to improve your flexibility before enrolling in the class.  If you have questions, please contact a coach (

Sign up early, Classes fill fast!

  • $300 for the 6-week program or $225 for Students (college, professional & graduate students) and Veterans
  • AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community. To support participation, scholarships are available to those with financial need.

Refund Policy

Please review our refund policy carefully before registering for a learning program.

  • If you withdraw from a class 28 or more days (4 weeks) before the first day of a class, you will receive a refund minus a $25.00 processing fee.
  • If you withdraw from a class 21-27 (3-4 weeks) days before the start date of a class, you will receive a refund minus a $50.00 processing fee or credit for another class (in the same year, if space is available), minus a $50.00 processing fee.
  • If you withdraw from a class less than 21 days (20 days or less) before the first day of the class, you will receive credit for another class (in the same year, if space is available), minus a $50.00 processing fee.
  • No credits will be carried to the following year. 

2023 LTS Class Registration

To register, click on the button for the appropriate session in the table below

If a session is full, you may place yourself on a waitlist

Register Days Phase #1
Phase #2
Open Sculling
Program Trial
Phase #3
Open Sculling Program
Session 1
Sat & Sun
June 10/11 & 17/18
June 19-July 16  July 17 - Aug 31 
Session 2
Sat & Sun
June 24/25 & July 8/9
July 10-Aug 6  Aug 7 - Aug 31

Session 3
Sat & Sun
July 22/23 & 29/30
July 31-Aug 27  Sept 5 - Oct 25

Sat & Sun   August 5/6 & 12/13  Aug 14-Sept 10 Sept 17- Oct 25


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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