Learn To Row – What Is A Good Sequence For Instruction?

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Learn To Row Structure

Are you unsure about a good sequence of instruction for how to teach your novice/learn to row athletes?

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

Learn To Row Drills

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.

Fixing Rowing Technique Errors

For more information on common technical errors and using the right drill to fix those errors head over to this post.

Novice Rower Curriculum – Learn To Row – Scope and Sequence

Stage Learn To Row (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 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
3 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
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
4 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
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
5 2) Pause Drills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxxhHvD30w0

For more of my thoughts on pause drills and why the are helpful, head over to this link for more information.

3) Catch Placement Drill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvr0dfaQGgA
4) Tap Drill/Legs Only: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKImT9R_3Pw
Feathering and squaring
Videos: 1) Cut the Cake Drill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo0a-jiMUN4
6 2) Feathering and Squaring: https://youtu.be/W-PmMDqtxOw

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