12 tips for teaching learn to row

 In Faster Masters Rowing Radio

Things you wish you’d been told or learned earlier before teaching learn to row. You’ll never stop learning because this is rowing – it’s normal!

03:00 Marlene’s first learn to row class 1982
07:30 Use lifting a box to demonstrate the stroke sequence.
09:00 Port is on the right. Port wine is red, red is right (both start with R).
09:45 Tension – how comfortable are they on the water.
11:00 You won’t get fit learning to row.
It’s mental and technical. Mental – relax enjoy the view.
13:00 Comfort in the boat drills -sit at the catch. Be aware of where your body weight is. Can you feel your feet, seat, and oars against the oar locks?
15:30 Let day one be about experiencing on the water. Demonstrate what a full stroke looks like. Get full strokes in.
Be in the boat on day one not on the rowing machine
18:30 Have helpers. First impressions of rowing. Load up your staff for the first day and give attendees assurance and individual attention.
20:30 Don’t try too hard. Let them row the way they want to.
Check people don’t get into a situation they cannot get out of. Wedged against the bank in a lx on a windy day. Use a rope if they are very tentative.
24:15 Make sure you can see all your athletes simultaneously.
24:45 Don’t talk too much. One thing at a time.
21:00 Rowing is fun but safety is serious.
Highlight the safety features of the boat.
Spatial awareness is low when learning something new.
29:40 Rowing lingo – use some but not too much.
You’ll never stop learning to row.
Enjoyment, safety, you want big smiles and a sense of achievement at the end of each lesson.

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