Week of 10/28/2019

Late fall can often be a tricky time of the year. Some days the wind and weather just do not allow for rowing on the water, but we may not have shifted our focus to training indoors. Over last [...]

Learning to Scull – The Basics

During the Summer of 2018 I enjoyed teaching a learn to row class at Sagamore Rowing in Oyster Bay, NY. I prepared a handout for each class with the lesson for the day. During the summer, the [...]

Light Your Way

For safety in the Fall season, anyone on the water near or after sunset MUST have lights on their shell. Every shell needs both a red/green bow light and a white stern light. My personal choice [...]

Three Pause Drill

The Three Pause Drill is a drill that I learned from Jim Joy. The purpose of this drill is to break down the parts of the recovery and the entry to gain a better understanding of how to let the [...]

The Fluid Release

The fluid release is a concept I first learned from coach Jim Joy. Below are many great points quoted from Jim Joy’s paper on “The Sculler’s Philosophy and The Whole Technique”. Jimmy [...]

An Exercise in Self-Rescue

As the saying goes “there are two types of scullers, those who have flipped and those who will”. Since flipping over in a sculling shell will eventually happen to everyone, practicing [...]

Week of 4/15/2019

Building on last week’s drills, this week’s goal is to think about the drive as being one whole movement. Too often rowing is taught as a sequence of movements which can produce a segmented and [...]

Week of 4/8/2019

The overall goal of this week’s drills is to emphasize a series of drills to learn how to become more comfortable reaching full slide. We can then begin to focus on how the blades meet the water [...]

Week of 4/1/2019

“Don’t try to pull too hard, pull evenly”. This week as we continue to erg and also begin to scull on the water, I recommend focusing on our technique in more detail. Jim Joy does a wonderful job [...]

Week of 3/25/2019

As we return to sculling on the water, how do improve our technique and learn to scull well together with each other? As a starting point I recommend revisiting a drill I included in our weekly [...]