We think starting kids sculling, as early as possible, is the best way for them to learn to scull, a lifelong sport, and/or later, to sweep row. We want kids to learn to scull early, develop their growing bodies symmetrically, and get a good feel for moving a single, before rowing any sweep boat (if ever).
Now there is a sculling boat built to fit young kids. The Little Sculling Boat™.
We have solved the equipment problem in teaching young kids to scull — that is, the problem of big boats and sculls. The Little Sculling Boat and Little Sculls fit younger kids, such that they can learn to scull comfortably, safely, develop good habits, and enjoy the sport.
Europeans have been starting kids by sculling (rather than sweep rowing, as in the US) but usually in the early teens, some as early as 10. We think kids should start earlier in the US too, and, have fun with it. Now a kid can start as young as 4-5 yrs old.
We hope our Little Sculling Boat™ will make it possible for thousands of kids to try and enjoy sculling. We want the sport to spread (through community rowing programs and summer camps, sculling camps, and as an affordable boat for households that have access to water), and the skills to improve exponentially.
If you have ideas to help spread the word, the boats, the sport, please let us know.
Kids sculling is already becoming more popular in the US. In 2013, the Head of the Quinobequin (the original name for the Charles River) the first US Head race for kids was held on the Charles River. 100 kids entered (age 11 to 18). The Oct 12, 2014 race had ca 150 entrants. (Grouped by age, 17-18, 15-16, 13-14, and 12 & under.) The distance is 2.5 miles, start at Cambridge Boat Club, finish at Community Rowing. In addition, the first race specifically using our boats was at the Head of the Fish in Saratoga, NY 2014.
At the KinderSkiff Regatta, in Torino Italy, about 300 young scullers aged 11 – 14 race in singles over a 4 km course on the Po River. In the adult version, the SilverSkiff Regatta, more than 500 single scullers aged 15 and up will race over an 11 km course.