Please print these documents and use to remind yourself and the athlete of the drills and how to execute them. Also below is the results sheet that you can use to record the performance in these drills.
It is essential that athletes feel confident in the boat otherwise it is difficult to relax while rowing and relaxation is a vital skill. Additionally, feeling confident in the boat is very important particularly at the catch. If athletes are afraid of falling out of the boat, then that interferes with their ability to execute a good catch.
To assist athletes in feeling confident in the boat, we suggest following the video below where we demonstrate a series of drills in a single that will significantly improve athlete balance and confidence. We recommend that all athletes should be able to undertake these drills once they understand the basics of the rowing stroke and are familiar with the movements of the boat.
We also have a series of downloadable documents describing the exercises that all scullers should be able to do in a single. We suggest printing them out and have all of your athletes complete the drills.
Also attached is a downloadable Excel spreadsheet for you to record your or your athlete's results from the drills.
A personal thanks to Peter Shakespear for all that he has taught me and many athletes and coaches worldwide.
In the video below Rob demonstrates the series of exercises and the pdf's to the right below contains the information and we suggest that you print these and take it with you to follow as needed.
For members: Extra videos with further information on balance:
For members: When the athletes cannot achieve the correct body positions we have extra videos with further information, click here:
On Water Rowing Course Lessons: