Orlando Rowing Club (ORC) is a nonprofit organization promoting the sport of rowing and paddling to the Central Florida community. We offer competitive and recreational rowing at all levels, learn to row programs, dragon boating, and team-building events. If you are interested in rowing or paddling for fitness or to add to your medal count, ORC has an open seat for you.
We offer classes in:
Sweep Rowing … in sweep, each rower has one oar (blade), held with both hands. Sweep rowing is done in pairs, fours and eights, and typically the crew includes a coxswain who directs the rowers. Each rower takes one side and is referred to as a port (oar extends to the right side of the boat) or starboard (oar extends to the left side of the boat).
Sculling ... in sculling, each rower has two oars (or sculls), one in each hand. Sculling is usually done in quads (4x), doubles (2x) or singles (1x). The oar in the sculler’s right hand extends to port and the oar in the left hand extends to starboard. Sculling is typically done without a coxswain, with steering done with varying amount of pull on each side.
Dragon Boating … in dragon boating, the paddlers face forward (unlike in sweep rowing and sculling), and use a specific type of paddle. The typical dragon boat complement consists of 20 paddlers in pairs, 1 drummer or caller at the bow facing toward the paddlers, and 1 steer or tiller who controls the dragon boat with a sweep oar rigged at the rear of the boat.
Please contact us with questions about which program is right for you at Programs@OrlandoRowingClub.com.