Occoquan Boat Club Sculling Camps

Skills

Camp Details

5-day sculling camps periodically throughout the summer focusing on sculling for beginners*, or sweep rowers who do not have sculling experience.

OBC sculling camp participants will learn the basics of safe and efficient boat handling. The goal is for scullers to complete the week on the water feeling confident in their ability to handle a racing single on their own. Most of a camper’s time on the water is spent learning to scull in a Peinert racing single (1x) and the occasional double (2x).

Each camp session is five days, beginning about 9:45am and ending around 2pm. Each day includes:

  • water sessions,
  • video technical review sessions on land,
  • dockside talks, and
  • demonstrations.

Emphasis is on:

  • proper sculling mechanics and maintaining balance and stability throughout the stroke,
  • effective generation of speed,
  • proficient navigation,
  • boat maintenance,
  • rules on the water, and
  • successful training methods.

Campers are put through various drills designed to emphasize basic sculling principles, and they are video recorded to point out areas where corrections are needed, and to demonstrate their progress throughout the week.

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Hilary Gehman spent 15 years coaching rowing at the collegiate level, working first in a club program, then assistant coach for two separate DI programs, before seven years as the Staley head coach of women’s rowing at Cornell University. She has been a college counselor with Sparks since 2015. An accomplished athlete, Hilary is also a two-time rowing Olympian and six-time National Team member.


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