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Sculling programs are the best way to take control of your Charles River experience! Come and glide through the water in a personal rowing boat! Begin with Sculling 1 and get an introduction to the sport in our stable training boats. Next, take Sculling 2, in which you transition to less-stable singles and build on your skills. In Sculling 3, you row in doubles and quads and see parts of the river you have never seen! Finally, enroll in Sculling 4 to refine your technique and take the Captain’s Test to become a “free range” sculler. This makes you eligible to participate in CRI’s Logbook Sculling program, in which you have access to single-person club boats to take out on your own.

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Prerequisite: The preceding class or equivalent. Must have a valid swim test on file.

Sculling 1

Sculling 1 encompasses the CRI mission of getting everyone on the water no matter what their prior athletic experience. Rowers in Sculling 1 learn the traffic patterns of the river, how to navigate, and how to row in one-person shells, called singles. Rowers embark on the Charles in safe, stable singles.

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Sculling 2

This program is a continuation of Sculling 1, with coaches working on refining the skills learned. Depending on skill level, athletes will move up to boats that require more skill. Throughout the program, scullers work toward improving their skills in preparation for the CRI Captain’s Test.

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Sculling 3

Haven’t sculled in a long time or working your way up from Sculling 2? This is the class for you! Sculling 3 is designed to be more interactive with other athletes by having you row in doubles and quads. Sculling 3 creates a great team of rowers working together to refine their skills and develop the ability to scull in bigger boats.

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Sculling 4

Sculling 4 helps participants prepare for the CRI Captain’s Test and is designed for athletes who want to row in racing shells. Many students will be administered the Captain’s Test during the class, after which they will be free to participate in independent logbook sculling. The Captain’s Test requires thorough knowledge of Charles River bridges and navigation and demonstration of rowing proficiency.

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Logbook Sculling

Logbook Sculling is for rowers who have passed the CRI Captain’s Test and been cleared to row CRI club singles. Boats and oars are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is an additional test to be able to take out a double. These tests are for the rowers’ safety. Logbook sculling is a great way to gain access to one of the best rowing spots in the country.

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Logbook Coached Sessions

Coached sessions are for Captain’s-tested scullers to improve their technique for recreation or competition. Keep your independence and gain guidance. This program is for independent scullers who want feedback. In five practice sessions per week, coaches work with rowers of various skill levels to help them achieve technical and physiological improvement. Coaches provide a training schedule a month in advance with a training and fitness plan. Each class consists of a combination of technique, drills, and pieces.

Tuesday 5:30-7:00 am and 7:30-9:00 am — Drills and steady state.

Thursday 5:30-7:00 am and 7:30-9:00 am — Drills and anaerobic threshold (medium range) work.

Saturday 5:30-7:00 am

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