A diverse group of both skill level and ages, the sculling group provides an avenue of instruction and coaching for those who know how to scull and wish to improve their sculling ability as well as fitness while not being constrained to a team’s more rigid schedule. 

The training is geared to improve racing skills as well as overall technical prowess while still keeping things light and fun. The attendance is purely up to the individual as the training plan is posted both at the boathouse and online for anyone who wishes to follow. Most participants attend in singles, both private and club although doubles are not excluded by any means. The only strict criterion is to be prompt to the start of the session. Group members should also have passed a level 1 Captain’s test or have permission of the coach prior to joining coached sessions.


practice schedule

April – October

  • Tuesday: 5:30 – 6:45am

  • Thursday: 5:30am, 6:05 am

  • Saturday: 6:00 am (technique), 7:00 am (pieces)

Memorial Day – Labor Day

  • Tuesday: 5:30am – 6:45 am

  • Wednesday: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

  • Thursday: 5:30 am, 6:05 am and 6:50 am

  • Saturday: 6:00 & 8:00 am (technique), 7:00 am (pieces)


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The training is geared to help prep for races with modification available for individuals but there is no set racing calendar for the sculling group. Typically, training leads up to Masters Nationals and the Head of the Charles as well as some local races. However, if you are interested in racing at other regattas, the only obstacle is your desire and willingness to travel.

About our coach

Sarah Schwegman
Sarah Schwegman began coaching the Riverside sculling program in the spring of 2014. Her experience both as a rower and a coach provides scullers of all ages and skill levels a promising avenue for improvement and race preparation.

Sarah was coached by Tom Keister as a member of Riverside’s high performance group from 2007 to 2013. Her extensive post-collegiate racing experience includes impressive results in various events at Canadian Henley, Head of the Charles, National Selection Regattas, U.S. Rowing Elite Nationals, U.S. World Championship Trials, and C.R.A.S.H.-B sprints.

Turning her focus to coaching, Sarah brings her experience and enthusiasm to the launch.  She began coaching younger rowers in 2012 as the assistant varsity coach at the Winsor School, bringing the 3rd and 4th boats in 2013 to a first place finish at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships. In the fall of 2013, she coached masters rowers at Cambridge Boat Club, and since 2013, has been coaching U17 and U19 scullers preparing for Canadian Henley and U.S. Rowing Club Nationals.