How to Scull a Boat

by Robin Reichert, Demand Media

    Sculling is a method of rowing a boat using two oars. This rowing technique requires proper technique, timing and upper-body strength. Sculling moves the boat through the water at a steady, rapid pace; it is the method used in rowing competitions and is an Olympic sport. Sculling is a very beneficial, low-impact aerobic exercise, but it does take practice to properly scull a boat -- balance, coordination and timing are very important.

    Step 1

    Place the oars in the locks on each side of the scull boat. Grasp the oar handles in each hand and sit up straight in the boat with your left hand above your right hand. Keep the blade of the oar perpendicular to the surface. Wrap your fingers around the handles and place your thumb on the end of the handle.

    Step 2

    Extend your arms straight out in front toward the stern of the scull boat. Lean forward toward the stern of the boat and place the oars in the water. Keep your knees together and close to your armpits.

    Step 3

    Push and extend your legs while simultaneously swinging your torso back toward the bow of the scull boat. Keep your arms as straight as possible as you pull the oars back through the water. Turn the blades of the oars flat as they are released from the water.

    Step 4

    Relax your elbows and allow them to hang down toward the bottom of the boat at the end of the row. Straighten your arms when the blades are out of the water at the end of the stroke. Repeat from the beginning to continue sculling the boat.

    Tips & Warnings

    • If the blades of the oars are hard to release at the end of the stroke, they are too deep in the water.
    • Keep the oars moving simultaneously for a smooth row.
    • Use a lubricant like petroleum jelly on the oar locks to help them move smoothly.
    • Remember to breathe while sculling. Try breathing in before pulling and breathe out while executing the stroke.
    • Keep the oars level and avoid moving them up and down, or the scull boat may begin to rock.
    • Maintain proper form to avoid fatigue or injury.

    About the Author

    Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.

    Photo Credits

    • Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images