Our Center During the Quarantine
When Delta Sculling Center was founding in 2013, we built it on the foundation of inclusion. Our mission: to be a place where everyBODY sculls. Regardless of where you come from, your prior experience with the sport, or your physical and cognitive gifts/limitations, DSC continues to welcome ALL with open arms…with a couple more feet of physical distance in between us right now!
A few weeks before the shelter-in-place sanction was issued, DSC hosted our first Sample Scull introductory session of 2020. We had four new potential rowers show up at our boathouse to learn the sport and gain some comfort for getting out on the water in sculling shells. And boy, did they get out on the water! They put the sculling stroke together and built some good confidence within just a few hours. As we like to say, they were “bit by the rowing bug”. Out of these four individuals, three are local and committed to continue with our center once we are allowed back to the water to practice! And one will be driving up from Hanford, CA (3 hours south of Stockton) once a month to continue with us.
This is a tough time for all of us. Luckily, “community” is the foundation of DSC and continues as one of its core values. The individuals that make up our center are strong and dynamic. We would not exist without the countless hours and mounds of energy that our organization contributes to make us not only stand tall but thrive! We are confident that at the end of the quarantine, we will come back as strong as ever.
In order to stay ready, our athletes have had to get creative about ways in which we can come together socially and to practice aspects of our sport. Although we are not sharing the same physical space and we are not on the water in our boats where we most want to be, we continue to share virtual space each and every week using Zoom video conferencing.
Here are a few of our weekly meetups that are keeping us strong, centered and fulfilling our needs through this overwhelmingly wavy time:
As you can see, we are keeping quite busy and ensuring both our mental, spiritual and physical sides are staying well maintained and polished to ride out these uncertain days.
Sacramento-San Joaquin County Delta
On a daily basis we feel so lucky that we have access to one of Stockton’s most prized and sometimes unrecognized recreational resources: the waterways of the Delta. Especially considering that we are a completely landlocked county, it is striking to realize we are part of an ecosystem that consists of 1,100 miles of levees that borders 700 miles of waterways. If you have never experienced a day on the Delta, that alone is reason enough to come down to our boathouse when we can and see what we are all about.
Starting your day with a row across and down the deep-water channel or closing out your day with an evening row with friends is not only unique, but meditative and healing (or, if you want, you can really get your body working and your heart pumping!). We look forward to experiencing days on the Delta again and, for now, we wish you and yours good health, safety and peace!
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