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Sculling Program Summary

Sculling at Mendota consists of a combination of coached practices and independent sculling

Coached sculling is for:

  • Beginning scullers who have completed Learn to Row at Mendota RC or another rowing club
  • Experienced scullers who wish to work on technique

Independent sculling is for:

  • Experienced scullers who have demonstrated basic sculling ability and have passed a flip test
  • Scullers who wish to be able to scull on their own or with other independent scullers outside of scheduled practice times

Coached Sculling Details

At Mendota RC, we incorporate sculling into the practices for our Advanced and Competitive programs. Scullers who wish to race should discuss their training goals with the coaches for those programs.

For those that are interested in developing their existing sculling skills or learning how to scull, we also offer sculling specific practices that focus on technique.

Independent sculling Details

To become an independent sculler, you must pass both a Swim Test, a practical test and a written test. These tests are to ensure that you can safely take a boat out on Lake Mendota without a coach present. They are required for anyone wishing to scull independently out of Mendota RC's boathouse, including private boat owners. You should also be familiar with the contents of the Sculler's Manual and the Lake Mendota traffic pattern.

Independent scullers must also pass a swim test every 5 years.

Meet the Coach

MRC is currently looking for a sculling coach.  For more information click here.

Practice Schedule

We are currently looking for a sculling coach and will not have any sculling practices until further notice.

Coached sculling practices begin June 5. Practices are:


  • 5:15am setup and launch boats
  • 5:30am push off from dock
  • 6:45am off water


      • 8:00am setup and launch boats
      • 8:15am push off from dock
      • 9:45 am off water

Sculling practices are open to anyone that has done some rowing at the novice (intermediate) level.

Coached practices are not open to members with an Independent Sculling Membership. You must have a full, novice, or monthly membership to participated in coached practices. 

Racing and Regattas

For information on racing and regattas check out our Racing page.

622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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