Built for speed and not stability, sitting stationary in a scull can be a tricky endeavor. Any shift of weight, even unnoticeable movements, can result in a tipped boat and a wet start to the day. Follow these instructions to learn how to sit in the rest position in a scull and get your day off to a great start.
Ensure You Are Properly Seated in the Scull
After you get into your scull, be sure to check that your seat is properly adjusted and your feet are firmly, yet comfortably secured to the foot-boards.
Extend Your Legs
Slide your seat backward toward the bow of the boat by pressing on the foot-boards. Extend your legs until they are flat in front of you, your knees are not bent, and your calves are touching the bottom of the boat.
Position the Oars:
olding the oar handles, place your hands above your thighs. Extend the oars perpendicular to the boat with the curved side of the blades facing upwards (concave up). Rest the blades flat on the water.
Maintain Balance and Stability:
Sit up straight and use the minor pressure of the blades on the surface of the water to keep from tipping.
- Be sure to practice in fair weather and warm water conditions.
- Make friends with an advanced rower to help you get started.
What You Need
- A Scull (a boat used in the sport of rowing)
- 2 Oars