Perhaps you’ve thought about coxing because you’ve seen the Olympics or the Boat Race and wondered who’s that lazy guy sitting at the back of the boat? Perhaps you have a friend at a rowing club who’s told you about the new friends they have made, the camaraderie and the great social scene. Perhaps you thrive on competition but don’t have the natural physiology to win in most athletic sports. Whatever the reason, coxing is a great sport to take up and Auriol Kensington Rowing Club is a great place to learn how.

Coxing is a challenging, exciting and rewarding sport. You are not only the “driver” of the crew but also the tactician and the psychologist. You build the crew, helping them come together into a racing unit and ultimately harnessing their power and skill. You are the one who knows what to say or do to get them to win. And you’re the only one who can see where they are going!

 

A great coxswain knows their own mind. They can think clearly under pressure. They communicate well and are good leaders. They enjoy competition and love winning. They thrive on the challenge of learning new skills, mastering river conditions, and getting the best out of the people around them. And most of them are quite light (though not necessarily tiny). It’s just physics: a small person takes less energy to move down the course than a big person.

 

Now is a great time to learn how to cox at Auriol Kensington Rowing Club. Our rowing squad is growing so we need to recruit more coxes too. You would expect to get a chance to cox racing boats from an early stage, but you will not be dropped in the deep end by yourself. The club coaches and senior oarsmen will take a personal interest in your development and we are implementing a Learn to Cox programme, taught by a qualified British Rowing Coach leading to a recognised coxing qualification. You will soon be ready to take on the opposition in the spring Head (time trial) races and can look forward to big wins in the summer regatta season.

 

If you think you have what it takes to be a cox at AKRC please contact us

FAQ’s

Learning to Cox at AKRC will bring you many moments of camaraderie but it’s the adrenaline rushing through your veins at the beginning of a race that most coxes say is the best part, not to mention the social aspect of belonging to a club.

What makes coxing so great?

Coxing is a challenging, exciting and rewarding sport. You are not only the “driver” of the crew but also the tactician and the psychologist. You build the crew, helping them come together into a racing unit and ultimately harnessing their power and skill. You are the one who knows what to say or do to get them to win. And you’re the only one who can see where they are going!

 

As a cox, you are in charge of your boat and the safety of your crew. Rowers have the utmost respect for their cox and completely trust them when rowing.

What are the key skills that make a good cox?

A great coxswain knows their own mind, they are confident individuals! They can think clearly under pressure. They communicate well and are good leaders. They enjoy competition and love winning. They thrive on the challenge of learning new skills, mastering river conditions, and getting the best out of the people around them.

Do I need to be small?

Not necessarily. Most coxes are quite light, although not necessarily tiny. It’s just physics; a small person takes less energy to move down the course than a big person, so in theory, the lighter the

cox, the faster the boat is likely to go.

 

In reality a good cox is determined by being able to steer a good line, motivate and control your crew and of course, win races! The mental attitude of a cox is far more important than the weight, especially if you think the total weight of a male crew can be over 700kg. The weight of a cox by comparison is not as big a deal as some might think.

What support do I get during this programme?

Steering and rowing on the tideway has its challenges, but you have the dedicated support of your coaches and senior oarsmen when learning to cox with AKRC. The course is taught by a qualified

 

British Rowing Coach and will lead to a recognised coxing qualification should you successfully pass. You will always learn with experienced rowers at stroke, 7, 2 and bow (the two seats at either end of the boat) so that if we need to act fast on the river, we can.

Will I be in a boat straight away?

Learning to Cox at AKRC will include theory and practical assessment. The course includes:

  • 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings (for theory)
  • 4 consectuvie Saturdays on the water working towards the British Rowing Certificate of Coxing Competency
  • Our Men’s and Women’s squads have two outings on a Saturday morning, so you will be in the boat for 1 outing and have 1 outing in the launch so you can observe from a distance – a valuable way of building your rowing knowledge as you’ll see so much more.
  • You will also get used to the tideway landmarks and navigation rules on the tideway
  • You will also be invited to come to 2 Tuesday evening ergo sessions to have a closer look at our current squads train and perform the rowing stroke.
  • What is the cost?

Please ask for details on application.

When will I be able to race?

We envisage you will be ready for your first race within 4 months of joining the AKRC Learning to Cox programme. For some, it may take longer, but the important thing is you’ll be supported by your coach at all times so you’ll always be coxing when it’s safe. Aim for the spring Head of the River races and then look forward to big wins in the summer regatta season.

What next?

Now is a great time to learn to cox at Auriol Kensington Rowing Club. Our rowing squad is growing so we need to recruit more coxes. If you’re interested please get in touch here

In a nutshell…

Coxing at AKRC is great for 5 main reasons:

  • It’s rewarding – building crews and winning exciting races
  • It’s certainly challenging – being the racing driver, crew tactician and psychologist
  • British Rowing accredited Coxing Development Programme
  • You spend time in a beautiful natural environment on historic stretch of Thames
  • And be part of a great social scene – plus gain friendships that last a lifetime

 

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