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Teaching Sculling to Beginners


Mike Sullivan wrote this book as a guide for his own rowing club. It’s a 7 page lesson for teaching sculling to beginners outlined in three sections: nomenclature, boat handling and rowing. Excerpt: Getting in the boat – Step on center strip as above. – Slide outboard oar out, grasp both grips with outboard hand. – Have them lift slightly with that hand, blade bites on dock a bit and stabilizes shell. – Inboard hand on gunwhale for balance. – Both feet in boat, do not touch dock. – As they squat into boat, reach either behind to gunwale or pull on rigger for strength support as they go to seat. – Once seated, show them where they can and cannot put their feet (into footboards, onto gunwale, not onto bottom). *All the profits from these e-book sales go to his rowing club as donations. About the author Mike Sullivan rowed for 4-years 1971 to 1974 and coached UCI for 7 years, 1977 to 1983. Since 2003 Mike (Sul) Sullivan has worked as a Research Software Developer at the Stanford University Linear Accelerator. He is also a coach for beginner scullers and a couple elites at Bair Island Aquatic Centre, while he’s down in the Bay Area for work. While at home in Lake County, Sul founded and directs the Clear Lake Scullers Club.