Our Instructors

Good rowing LOOKS easy. But don’t be fooled – it is a little more complicated than it looks.  Luckily, there are several excellent Santa Cruz Rowing Club-approved Instructors available for Check-Out sessions, Beginner, and Intermediate lessons. These instructors have had significant rowing and coaching experience and are familiar with SCRC boat handling procedures and policies. Please email one of the instructors through the links below to set up one-on-one or small group coaching.

Jodi BoswellJodi Boswell (jodirowing@gmail.com or phone 831-421-2646)
Certified USRowing Coach & Instructor since 2003
UCSC Rowing Program Supervisor since 2013
Bring patience for yourself and be prepared to have a lot of fun!

 

Karen Carlson (KC) (seawind35knot@gmail.com)
I learned to row ocean in dories and heavy triples here in Santa Cruz back in 1981. My favorite boats now are the MAAS Double and Aero Single. I ran Santa Cruz Rowing School for 10 years and also enjoyed taking tourists for marine life kayak tours. I’ve navigated 22 crossings of Monterey, 10 Catalina crossings and raced every regatta in the Bay Area several times. My specialty is ocean Navigation and Safety (2hr class) for Advanced Beginners and up.  I also offer Video of your technique. One of the best ways to learn is to SEE Yourself. You will receive a DVD and access to private YouTube of your video.

 

Tom DexelTom Dexel (tdexel@apr.com or phone 831-818-2271)
USRowing Certified Coach and Instructor

 

Margaret Niven (nivenart@gmail.com or phone 831-566-6414)
I have been rowing on Monterey Bay and in Elkhorn Slough since 2005. Along with the physical strength and flexibility that I have gained through open water sculling, I find the beauty of our local water and marine wildlife inspirational. Come learn how to row on the ocean. It’s fun!  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sculler, I will teach you the skills you need to row safely on the bay.

 

1 comment

  • Terrie La Bue says:

    I took rowing lessons from Tom Dexel about a year ago. I live in New York and wanted to learn to scull during a visit to California. I read about Tom Dexel on the internet and was attracted by the story so I contacted Tom and took a couple of lessons. Tom really knows about rowing and was perfect as an instructor. He was patient, very enjoyable as a teacher and in the end I was able to row a single shell within a matter of 2 lessons. After taking the lessons I met up with a couple of my friends in Seattle WA. who are rowers. Boy were they impressed with me! They didn’t suspect that I had learned to row before going out on the water with them.. Thanks Tom! You are the greatest! I hope to visit Santa Cruz again and hopefully you will still be there.
    Terrie L.

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