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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.

Want to be notified when we setup classes for 2025? Click here to be added to our LTS mailing list. 

Learn to Scull Program Description

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 8-11am 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 and the club
  • 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. If you are under 18 years old, please check out the Washtenaw Rowing Center or your local high school.
After completion of the LTS class

Immediately after successful completion of the LTS class, the sculler is invited to become a Full Member of AARC and participate in our coached Open Sculling Program. The first four weeks immediately following the completion of your class are offered at a discounted rate as a trial period. This allows the new sculler to experience continued growth in skills, fitness and comfort on water and confirm that rowing and AARC are a fit. Please note there is no flexibility on which 4 weeks are offered at a discount.

After the 4-week Open Sculling Trial period, we hope you will continue to row with us. If you do, you will need to register for the remainder of the Open Sculling Program season and pay appropriate seasonal fees.

You will receive more information about registering for the Open Sculling Program via email once you have started your LTS class.

To learn more about the Open Sculling Program click here.

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 amount of mobility to enter and exit the boat safely and be safe on the water. 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. You MUST be able to turn your head to look over your shoulder in both directions to be able to row safely. If you have difficulties with these maneuvers, 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 specific questions, please contact us at

Sign up early, Classes fill fast!

  • $300 for the 4-class 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. 

2024 LTS Classes
Registration Opens March 25th @ 10am

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 Learn to Scull Class Days
Time  Open Sculling
Program Trial
LTS 1 
June 8/9 & 15/16 Sat & Sun 8-11am  LTS 1 Open Sculling Program Trial
June 17-July 14
June 22/23 & 29/30 Sat & Sun 8-11am LTS 2 Open Sculling Program Trial
July 1-July 28
July 13/14 & 27/28*
Sat & Sun 8-11am LTS 3 Open Sculling Program Trial
July 29-Aug 25
Aug 3/4 & 10/11 Sat & Sun 8-11am LTS 4 Open Sculling Program Trial
Aug 12-Sept 8

  *No classes July 20/21

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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