Sculling basics

In sculling, each rower holds 2 oars and rows in small boats. UVRF owns sculling boats, including singles (one person), doubles (2 person), and quads (4 person) that are available to club members under certain conditions. If you are already a sweep rower, sculling is an excellent way to develop boat “feel,” balance and technical skills.

In 2022, Learn-to-Scull clinics are available for first-time scullers along with sculling clinics for different levels of experience.  Weekend clinics for more advanced scullers may be available for improving technique and racing skills. Free 1.5-hour Sweep-to-Scull clinics are available for rowers who have completed a sweep program at UVRF or elsewhere. Clinics are open to members at least 14 years old and will be grouped by ability.

Over the course of the season, depending on demand and coach availability, there likely will be revisions and additions of several programs.

Using Club Sculling Equipment

Club boats are available to UVRF members who have passed the captain’s test and (in addition to their membership fee) paid the Club Boat Rental (Equipment Usage) fees for 2022.

Club members have the privilege of using club singles, doubles and quads throughout the summer season (roughly from the first week of June through mid-October). See Equipment Usage for more information. Please note that use of the club’s racing doubles and quads requires additional certification in addition to the captain’s test. See the Sculling Policies page to get more information on policies and certification. Club members who have paid the equipment fee can reserve boats here.

Learn-to-Scull Clinics

Coaches: Erika Dade, Drew Tengin, Casey Kelsey

This 2 x 1 ½ hour  program is designed for beginning rowers who would like to learn sculling (rowing with two oars). Participants will use UVRF’s recreational rowing shells, which are the most stable in the water. The sessions will focus on boat handling, building skills and gaining confidence. Membership in UVRF is not required for this introductory course.  However, all participants should have passed the UVRF swim test and be fully vaccinated.  Register using the button below; expand the Learn-To-Row category.

Times: M-W 7:30-9:00 AM or T-Th 5:30-7:00 PM    Cost: $80
Min 2, Max 4 participants per clinic

LTS 1: T/Th June 14&16, 5:30-7:00 PM
LTS 2: M/W June 20&22, 7:30-9:00 AM
LTS 3: M/W June 27&29, 7:30-9:00 AM
LTS 4: T/Th July 5&7, 5:30-7:00 PM
LTS 9: T/W July 5&6, 6:00-7:30PM
LTS 5: M/W July 11&13, 7:30-9:00 AM
LTS 6: T/Th July 12&14, 5:30-7:00 PM
LTS 7: M/W July 18&20, 7:30-9:00 AM
LTS 8: M/W July 25&27, 7:30-9:00 AM

Sweep-to-Scull Clinics

Coaches: volunteer coaches

Several 1.5-hour sessions will be held for sweep rowers to learn the basics of sculling. Participants will learn where UVRF’s recreational and racing singles and sculling oars are kept at the Kendal Riverfront Park, the basics of the sculling stroke, small boat handling, safety precautions, and etiquette on the river. Topics such as how to reserve a boat, sign out and sign in will be covered as well. The program is free to anyone who has completed a sweep program at UVRF or elsewhere.

After completing the clinic, club members who have paid the Club Boat Rental (Equipment Usage) fee will have access to club singles and doubles for the rest of the summer when a dock monitor is present (early morning and late afternoon hours). A captain’s test can be scheduled in either a recreational or racing single, depending on each rower’s skill level and interest. If you pass the captain’s test in a racing single, you can row when there isn’t a dock monitor present; if you pass it in a recreational single, you can row when there isn’t a dock monitor present as long as you have a buddy to help carry the boat. To arrange to take a captain’s test, email UVRF at


Cost: Free to members        Min 2:  Max: 4 participants per session

Clinic 1: Wednesday, June 15, 7:30-9:00 AM

Clinic 2: Friday, June 17, 7:30-9:00 AM

Clinic 3: Tuesday, June 21, 5:30-7:00 PM

Clinic 4: Thursday, June 23, 5:30-&:00 PM

Registration for Sweep-to-Scull through Signup Genius here!


Intermediate Sculling Clinics

Coaches: Erika Dade, Casey Kelsey

This week-long program is designed for novice rowers who have advanced from recreational rowing shells to racing shells but who still need to improve their rowing skills, enabling them to row more efficiently and independently. Rowers will use UVRF’s singles and doubles or their personal boat. Membership in UVRF is required for this course.   Register using the button below; expand the Programs & Classes category.

Times: M/T/W/Th/F Evenings            Min 3:  Max: 8 participants per session

Session 1: June 20 – 24, 4:30-6:00 PM (5 sessions)  Cost: $175

Session 2: July 11 – 15, 5:00-6:30 PM (5 sessions)  Cost: $175  – CANCELED

Session 3: Aug 1 – 5, 5:30-7:00 PM (5 sessions)  Cost: $175

Advanced Sculling Clinics

Coach: Linda Muri

This week-long program is designed for rowers who are experienced and skilled scullers in racing shells but who want to fine tune their rowing and, if interested, to learn more about training for races and race strategy. Rowers will use UVRF’s singles and doubles or their personal boat. Membership in UVRF is required for this course.


Times: M/T/W/Th/ M Evenings      Min 3:  Max: 8 participants per session

Session 1: July 18 – 25, 5:00-6:30 PM (5 sessions)  Cost: $175

Speed (Drop-in) Coaching

A free, “speed-dating” format for scullers to get a quick, 5′ personalized coaching tip for better rowing. Look for the Drop-in Coach to be circling in the 500m closest to the Kendal dock one morning and one afternoon per week. No appointment necessary. Team boats can receive one Drop-in per rower. Membership in UVRF is required. All ages welcome.
No charge, no registration necessary.

Coaches, Dates, Times: TBA
Location: Kendal Riverfront Park
Cost: $0 (please attend no more than one session per week