Delta Sculling Center

Where everyBODY sculls

Inclusive Sculling Programs on the California Delta

Delta Sculling Center shares the joy of sculling to provide health, fitness and leisure with everyBODY in the greater Stockton community in California’s Central Valley.

Develop healthy habits and self-esteem

Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than just words at Delta Sculling Center-Where EveryBODY Sculls.  It’s how we came into being. We began by serving adult civilians and military veterans with and without disabilities. Our programs have expanded to encourage  youth to develop healthy habits and self-esteem by promoting exercise in local schools and in after-school programs at our boathouse. We support comradery and the love of the sport for skilled rowers, and built partnerships in our community. 

  • We provide health, fitness and leisure
  • Available to EVERYbody regardless of physical limitations or economic means
  • Explore and get to know the California Delta
Your Help Matters to Us, Any Time of Year

DSC is a non-profit organization based in Stockton, California funded in large part, by donors who support our mission.

Programs for everyBODY

DSC offers the physical and emotional benefits of sculling (rowing with 2 oars)  and a welcoming sense of community to everyBODY and EVERYbody, regardless of age, creed, culture, (dis)ability, economic status, gender, race, or sexual orientation.

At DSC we strive to break down barriers and encourage people to see rowing as a sport that is equitably available for ALL.

  • Youth Programs

    Recreational and competitive rowing programs are designed for 6th to 12th-grade youth. Practices are offered after school, weekends and through summer camp programs. Experience fitness training on land and sculling on the water and make friends with fellow scullers.  Newcomers are welcome anytime!  

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  • Masters Program - For Adults

    Our Masters program welcomes all able-bodied adults, offering sculling opportunities at various levels, ranging from beginners to those with over 20 years of experience. If you’re new to the sport, consider signing up for a sample scull or a private lesson to get started.

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  • Freedom Rows - For Veterans + Military

    Participate in our Freedom Rows program tailored for disabled veterans and active-duty military personnel. All veterans facing special challenges from any era are invited to join, regardless of their sculling experience. Our versatile boats will get you moving on the water in no time. If you are new to sculling, we’ll provide the necessary training for you.

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  • OarBusters - Adaptive Athletes

    A unique adaptive sports program in the Central Valley, OarBusters meets weekly to experience freedom through movement on the water. Our adaptable boats cater to your specific needs, offering a novel way to stay active, enhance your health, and engage socially.

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Discover the Delta

Thank you to Tom Hohle for his videography and editing. Follow Delta Sculling Center on Facebook.

See some of the beauty and peace that is achieved through time on the water. 
Watch what it is like to row early in the morning and hear from our participants – what it does for them to scull. 
​Make sure your volume is up just a little in the beginning so you can hear the sounds of the Delta in the morning.

Sign up for a Sculling Lesson

If you are new to the sport, you have come to the right place! Spend focused time learning to scull with our Sample Sculling and Learn-to-Scull programs. Or, consider private or semi-private lessons that you can book to accommodate your own schedule.

We're Hiring!

Click the button below to view available jobs. When you find something that interests you, please do not hesitate to apply. We look forward to receiving your application!

What our rowers are saying about us

Many of our athletes have incredible stories, below are just some of the incredible people that make every stroke worth the while. Check 'em out!
  • Freedom Rowers

    I just wanted to tell you that I’ve been on the rowing machine consistently for the last month. It’s hard to remember what you taught me, but I’m trying hard to row correctly.

    After rowing with the club, I kept reading literature and research on rowing. This raised my interest a lot to get back in to rowing. I already knew rowing was a good exercise, but did you know that rowers have the highest VO2 Max of all athletes. I started getting interested in this topic after seeing a young man (Jovanni Stefani) of San Francisco emerge as one of the best cyclist in his area. After “Googling” him, I found out that he was a world competitor in rowing. Go figure!!! Anyway, would you believe I’m already seeing big results on my bike after rowing a month? Beside the bike, my body is feeling better, and I’m sleeping better. I guess the worst thing I’m going through is that I’m always hungry. Literally, I need to eat every hour!

    Well, needless to say, rowing put a new spin on my life. Knowing the health benefits, learning how to row from the club, and experiencing the beauty of rowing on the water, I actually see myself rowing, not cycling, the rest of my life.

    Pat, I will never forget what you taught me, and I will never forget all of the kind people I met. Thank you

  • Steven White

    I’m not thinking about, I AM 100% committed to supporting the work of DSC. I had no idea I was dropping into this great, super-charged organization when I started volunteering and rowing with DSC. I am constantly amazed at the scope and impact of the DSC programs. And, am awestruck by the dedicated, hardworking volunteers

  • Valdez Washington

    Valdez Washington, one of several adaptive rowers at the Delta Sculling Center, was a high school and community college track star in 200-, 400- and 800-meter races. Because of a serious injury, he suspended his track ambitions. But he was able, instead, to turn his athletic passion to sculling at DSC. When he first began his workouts on an erg (land rowing machine), he had difficulty walking and getting on to and off of an erg without losing his balance. Now he is not only becoming powerful on the erg, needing no assistance whatsoever, but he is also becoming confident on the water, rowing both in an Alden wide-bodied boat for beginners and in a MAAS double. He is considered an LTA rower, an adaptive rowing category that stands for “Legs, Trunk and Arms.” With all his accomplishments in just two months at DSC, he left the following note for Coach Pat:

    “Pat, thank you so much for everything that you have done for me. I never thought I would love anything as much as Track; Rowing is definitely getting up there.”

Directions to the DSC Boathouse

Delta Sculling Center is located at 4950 Buckley Cove Way, Stockton, CA 95219.
Head West on West March Lane until you reach the kiosk at the entrance of Buckley Cove Park. 
Once you enter, make a right into the parking lot and find a single spot along the fence to parallel park. Then secure your car, and walk towards the water.
Before you reach the docks, you will see a gate to your left. Open the gate and locate the storage bays to your left, across from the water.
Delta Sculling Center’s boathouse faces the water and has large DSC signs on the top…you can’t miss us!