Beginner Sculling on the Schuylkill

Code: SP12001

Dates: May 18 - June 29, 2020

Meets: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Sessions: 6

Location: Public Dock

Course Fee: $197.00

Sorry, this course is full.


Ever wondered what it must be like to glide effortlessly along the Schuylkill River in a rowing shell? This Beginner/Advanced Beginner class will offer the fundamentals of proper sculling technique, safety and boat handling skills. Expect a total body workout from this strenuous sport that requires flexibility and stamina. You must be able to swim. Class postpones if weather issues.


No class 5/25 class postpones if weather issues. Wear sneakers, close fitting shorts or tights (such as Lycra) and no baggy t-shirts. Weather and special events may impact the schedule. Instructor will determine make-up dates and times as needed. DIRECTIONS TO PUBLIC DOCK Class is located at the public dock which is 2200 Kelly Drive Philadelphia PA 19104 . You can park in the St Joseph's Boathouse Parking Lot and then walk around the building to the public dock. You'll see a fleet of boats stored outside on racks and that means you have arrived at your destination. If you are coming from the city, please note that the public dock is located on the Schuylkill just beyond Saint Joseph's University Boathouse on your left. This is about three miles upriver from boathouse row. If you are driving on Kelly Drive, driving away from the city, you will pass boathouse row on your left. Continue on Kelly Drive past the grandstands and the parking lot for the public dock will be between Saint Joseph's University boathouse and the East Park Canoe House. You cannot make a left into the lot so please continue down Kelly Drive to the next traffic light where you will be able to turn around, get back onto Kelly Drive and safely make the right into the parking lot. (You must go through the traffic light; if you turn at the light it will take you up the hill. Once you pass the first light you will see where you are able to turn right then make a left and another left to turn around to go the other way onto Kelly Drive.) If you are coming from Valley Forge & West: Take I-76 to Montgomery Drive & follow to West River Drive. Make a left onto Falls Bridge & follow to Kelly Drive. Make a right and the public dock parking lot will be on the right, just past the East Park Canoe House and before St Joseph's University Boathouse.
Fee: $197.00

Public Dock

Kelly Drive

Brannon Johnson

Brannon Johnson is the head coach and owner of BLJ Community Rowing, one of the most diverse community rowing programs in the Philadelphia metro area. After beginning to row at the age of 15, Brannon received a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas, where she rowed at the Division I varsity level all 4 years. In 2003, she competed as a single sculler in the Henley Royal Regatta, one of the most prestigious regattas held on the Thames River in England. She has been rowing, teaching and coaching over the past 15+ years, having taught and coached 80 classes and roughly 700 Philadelphia area residents, ranging from ages 18 to 65.


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