Learn To Row – What is the correct sequence for instruction?

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Are you unsure about the correct sequence for how to instruct your novice/learn to row athletes?

 

Try these videos to provide a basic idea of the structure of a learn to row curriculum.

The following is a list of links to YouTube videos of various drills that need to be taught in a learn to row program. The drills assume that a swim test for each rower/coxswain has been administered. The swim test should be monitored by a member of your learn to row coaching staff. All rowers must know how to swim and the coach can get a basic feel for the level of swimming ability in your novice group. The swim test should be followed by the viewing a the USRowing safety video and that can be purchased or viewed here. All members of your rowing program should watch the video once a year and there should be an active safety committee in your club to review/communicate rules and regulations to all club participants and members. 

The following list is not exhaustive (there needs to be an emergency stop video and this should be taught in a tank before getting into a boat), however, it provides a basic framework for the instruction of those new to the sport. If there is a video/drill that you would like to see added, please contact me at neil@coachbergenroth.com. I’d love to hear you feedback as I am always looking to improve the curriculum shown below. 

Novice Rower Curriculum – Learn To Row – Scope and Sequence

   
Stage LTR (Concepts Covered)
1 Assuming swim test has been administered and USRowing Safety Video Viewed
Erg Technique Work (tap drill), Tank Time
Videos: 1) Ergometer Fundamentals: https://youtu.be/3kGDWJRqvFc
  2) Ergometer Pick Drillhttps://youtu.be/LET4NOFwQNA
  3) Ergometer Tap Drill: https://youtu.be/Y-FQ-mkXKZw

 

  Boat Orientation, Putting Boat in and Out 
  Posture, Backing the blade, Pick Drill
Videos: 1) Putting An Oar Into the Oarlock:  https://youtu.be/2xxAS7LSJeA
  2) Holding A Sweep Oar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtcZ6IaRTZ8
  3) Holding The Sculling Oar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4eCK-V5g6A
  4) Setting The Boat When Not Rowing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdlQjw49Zz8
  5) Backing The Boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQleGr3XffU

 

3 Pick Dill, Legs Only Drill, Pause Drills (pausing at arms away)
  Pause Drills (pausing at body over) + drive sequence
Videos: 1) Pick Drill In The Boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DEh5PoxsNg
  2) Pause Drills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxxhHvD30w0
  3) Tap Drill/Legs Only: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKImT9R_3Pw
  4) Sequence Of The Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jzaBpf8feI

 

4 Pick Dill, Legs Only Drill, Pause Drills (pausing at arms away)
  Pause Drills (pausing at body over)
Videos: 1) Pick Drill In The Boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DEh5PoxsNg
  2) Pause Drills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxxhHvD30w0
  3) Catch Placement Drill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvr0dfaQGgA
  4) Tap Drill/Legs Only: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKImT9R_3Pw

 

5 Feathering and squaring
Videos: 1) Cut the Cake Drill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo0a-jiMUN4
  2) Feathering and Squaring: https://youtu.be/W-PmMDqtxOw

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