All participants of WRA are required to act as coxswains from time to time. In general, members are expected to cox one time for each three to four times that s/he rows.


What to do if you ARE the coxswain?

  Check with the coach as to which boat you will be using. Get a flotation device, whistle, cox box, lights (if it is fall or winter). Check that lights work. Red and green lights are for the bow, and the white light is for the stern. If they need new batteries, get them in. Check in with stroke and notify them if you are not very experienced at coxing. Listen to what the coach for the day tells you about the outing - you will then know what to do on the water.





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“Then the coxswain called out, 'Ready all!' Joe turned and faced the rear of the boat, slid his seat forward, sank the white blade of his oar into the oil-black water, tensed his muscles, and waited for the command that would propel him forward into the glimmering darkness. ”
Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics