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.

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 (tdexel1@gmail.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.

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