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Learn to Row/Scull

In this introductory rowing program, rowers will kick off their enjoyment of a new sport in a friendly and supportive small-group environment. Sculling is a wonderful form of low-impact exercise and these sessions offer an exceptional opportunity for adults (18 and older) of all abilities to experience rowing in the waters surrounding Bair Island.

Learn to Scull is a "Level 1" introductory program that teaches sculling basics in six 2-hour sessions of coached training over two weeks. You will learn how to row in stable training singles (one-person per boat) and your teachings will include technique fundamentals, rowing terminology, safety practices, traffic patterns on our waterway, and navigating a 1x.

After completing two weeks (12 hours) of instruction, most participants have the skills and confidence to row safely on their own or with rowing buddies, outside of a class, or they may join a team or Level 2 class.

Learn to Scull Schedule 2024

  • Classes have a minimum of 3 registrants and a maximum of 6 registrants. 
  • No experienced rowers please. Sweep rowers who have never sculled can take a DeRust class or private lessons.
  • Due to low tides, each session is composed of different days of the week. Be sure to double check the full schedule of the session before booking.
  • If the class you want is full, you're encouraged to register for the waitlist. We give priority to waitlisted registrants, in list order, any time there is a cancellation.
  • If you register for a class and cannot attend, please let us know as soon as you can so we can move or refund your registration and offer a spot to the waitlist.

Click a date below to see full event details and register.

 Session Dates Times
April 29-May 5
Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
and Sat. & Sun. mornings from 8:30-10:30am
May 13-19
Mon.– Fri. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
and Sun. morning from 8:30-10:30am
May 28-June 3
Week 1: Tues.–Fri. mornings from 7:30-9:30am and
Sat. morning from 8:30-10:30am
Week 2: Mon. morning from 7:30-9:30am
June 10-18
Week 1: Mon.-Thurs. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
Week 2: Mon. & Tues. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
5 June 25-July 2
Week 1: Tues.-Fri. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
Week 2: Mon. & Tues. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
6 July 8-16

This session is not open for registration but may be added later.
Week 1: Mon.-Thurs. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
Week 2: Mon. & Tues. mornings from 7:30-9:30am

July 24-31
Week 1: Wed.-Fri. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
Week 2: Mon.-Wed. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
August 6-14
Week 1: Tues., Wed., Fri. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
Week 2: Mon.-Wed. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
Aug. 26- Sept. 4
Week 1: Mon.-Wed. mornings from 7:30-9:30am
Week 2: Mon.-Wed. mornings from 7:30-9:30am

Details on Learn to Scull sessions

  • All sessions are held on site at Bair Island Aquatic Center.

  • Participants/registrants must be at least 18 years old. 
  • NO EXPERIENCED SCULLERS, PLEASE. These programs begin with the basics.
  • Cost for Learn to Scull is $350 and includes six 2-hour sessions of coached training followed by two weeks of BIAC membership and use of club boats. Your trial membership includes opportunities to participate in other BIAC classes and coached/supervised rowing.
  • The trial membership is based on the Learn to Scull session you take. It cannot be accrued by taking multiple classes. We hope after the trial you will enjoy our sport and facility and want to join.
  • Completing a Learn to Scull session offers you the opportunity to get certified in a single (1x) and continue sculling during your trial membership.
  • After your trial membership ends, you will need to join BIAC to continue using our facility. Learn more about membership here.
  • Everyone who successfully completes a Learn to Scull session is invited to join the Novice Masters Team.
  • No prior rowing or water sport experience is needed. Learn to love sculling!
  • When you register you will receive additional details on what to wear and bring with you to your Learn to Scull session.
Fine Print (Refund Policy)

If you need to cancel your registration, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to someone on the waitlist. We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts or if we're able to fill your spot. We offer a partial refund of your registration cost if you must cancel within a week of your session and we cannot fill your spot. No refunds are offered after the first day of class, although we will make every effort to reschedule you in a later session.

What is sculling?

In sculling, rowers have two oars each, enabling them to row in a boat by themselves (in a single or 1x). Scullers also row with one other person (in a double or 2x), or with three other people (in a quad or 4x). Sculling in a single is ideal for people who want to train on their own schedule.

What is sweep rowing?

Sweep rowing is a team sport with each rower holding one long oar in both hands. You row on either the left (port) or right (starboard) side of the boat. Bigger sweep boats usually have a coxswain to steer the boat and direct the crew. Sweep boats include eights, coxed and straight (un-coxed) fours, and pairs.

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