Occoquan Boat Club Sculling Camps
- Woodbridge, Virginia
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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
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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