Guidelines for Little Sculling Boats™

These hull designs have been tested for years and, with hundreds of kids learning to scull in them, no one has ever tipped one over or fallen out. However, for added safety kids should only try these boats after learning to swim and tread water capably and should wear an appropriately sized personal floatation device (PFD). We urge use in warm weather and when the water is warm. We also recommend using a rope tied to the hull when teaching from a dock or shore.

We have made boat bright safety yellow  – for better visibility from other boats. Scull blades will come painted white. If you choose to change them, please use a bright white or yellow–or a fluorescent paint. We include a ring on each end of the hull through which you can attach a rope. In addition, the stern and bow ends of the hull are not pointed, but rounded for safety, in case of collision with another boat or someone in the water. This will also help with durability in case of bumping into docks.

Please click on this link to see a short safety video: Brief Safety Video

Starting out (photo K. Bryant)

Starting out (photo K. Bryant)

  • Little Sculling Boats™ are ideal for age range 5-12 ( +/- , depending upon kid size)
  • Kids MUST be able to swim – (at least 25 yards & tread water for 5 minutes).
  • Kids MUST wear a PFD in the Little Boats.
  • Little Boats should be used in warm weather, when water temp is warm. Avoid high water traffic times.
  • Kids must only use Little Boats when there is a “Responsible Adult” supervising.

Guidelines for Adults Sculling or Paddling Beside a Child in a Little Sculling Boat

If you are on a body of water with traffic, we urge that you keep the boat on a rope at least until the kid can: “hold water” (stop the boat) turn, and back.  Once off rope, an adult must be able to scull or paddle beside the child. They should scull as close to the child as possible, and close to shore (except near swimming areas).

Adults must be able to direct the child safely and close to shore, and assist if (although very unlikely) the child tips. This may mean:

  • Staying in their own boat and directing the child to shore to get back in the boat, or
  • Being able to maneuver their boat beside the Little Boat, so they can control it, or
  • Getting into the water themselves in the event the child gets stuck under the Little Boat, and freeing the child as quickly as possible.

    Samuel sculling on a rope

    Samuel sculling on a rope


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