The Learn to Scull Season has ended for 2019.

Learn to Scull at BIAC

In this sculling intro 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 (21 and older) of all abilities to experience rowing in the waters surrounding Bair Island.

Learn to Scull is our "Level 1" introductory sculling program which teaches you sculling basics in eight 2-hour sessions of coached training. Classes include learning how to row on an indoor rowing machine or "erg" (ergometer) then progress to rowing in stable training singles (1x). You will become familiar with rowing terminology and the fundamentals of technique as well as safety practices, traffic patterns on the BIAC waterway and how to navigate.

What is sculling?

In sculling, each rower has two oars each which allows them to row in boat by themselves, a 1x (single) or in a boat with two (double) or four (quad) people. Sculling is ideal for people who want to learn and then be able to train on their own schedule.

Upon completion of the Learn to Scull program, you will have the opportunity to become certified in a single (1x) shell. Certification by your instructor allows you to take out a single on your own (or with your new rowing buddies!). You may also join social sculling outings around Bair Island or drop in to a Level 2 or e-Rows (Everybody Rows) class for additional coaching. Completion of the program also qualifies you to join the Novice Masters Team if you'd like to row in a team setting. After your one-month trial period included with this class, you will need to join BIAC to continue your rowing. Learn more about membership here.

2019 Learn to Scull Schedule

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Classes have a minimum of 3 registrants and a maximum of 6 registrants.

Dates Times
May 13-29 on M/W/F
Evenings from 5:15-7:15pm
June 10-26 on M/W/F
Mornings from 7:30-9:30am
June 10-26 M/W/F
Evenings from 5-7pm
July 8-24 on M/W/F
Mornings from 7:30-9:30am
July 9-19 on Tu/W/Th/F
Evenings from 5-7pm

Details on 2019 Learn to Scull sessions:

  • All sessions are held on site at Bair Island Aquatic Center. See the schedule for dates and times.
  • Participants/registrants must be 18-years or older.
  • NO EXPERIENCED SCULLERS, PLEASE. This programs begins with the basics.
  • The cost for Learn to Scull is $250 and includes eight 2-hour sessions of coached training followed by one month of BIAC membership and use of BIAC equipment.
    • Your trial membership also grants you access to the BIAC boathouse and rowing machines.
    • Your trial membership includes opportunities to participate in other BIAC classes.
  • Participation in the Learn to Scull program offers you the opportunity to become certified in a single (1x) shell and continue sculling on your own beyond your trial period.
  • No prior rowing or water sport experience is needed. Learn to love sculling!
  • When you register you will be sent additional details on what to wear and bring for your sculling experience.


Email our Learn to Scull coordinator:

Fine Print (Refund Policy)

We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts. We will refund 75% of your registration cost if you must cancel within a week of your session. No refunds are offered after the first day of class, although if necessary we will make every effort to reschedule you in a later session.

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