When giving commands, at all times it is important to be clear and be CONSISTENT, so that the rowers always know what to expect. For instance, always count down in the same way, or always give the same instructions when putting a boat in the water. Always give your commands as the rowers take the catch Say clearly what you are going to want the rowers to do, when you want them to do it, and then tell them to do it.
ON LAND

With all instructions on land,

tell the rowers what to do…say ‘ready’

then tell them to do it (or count down) e.g. “up to shoulders on three…

one…two…three”, or “up and over heads…ready…up”.

Rowers should expect to wait for the command rather than just doing it in their own time.
You should not leave them waiting too long for the final instruction.

 

Taking the Boat Out

 

When Out of the Boathouse

 

On the Dock

 

Getting into the Boat

 

When Ready to Go

 

Getting out of the Boat and Putting it Away

 

Walking into Boathouse

 

To move a boat that is right side up, from the water to slings

ON WATER

In the water,

the commands are said on the catch, and the dots reflect the pause during the succeeding stroke:

Say clearly what you are going to want the rowers to do,

when you want them to do it,

and then tell them to do it.

Rowers should expect to wait for the command rather than just doing it in their own time.
You should not leave them waiting too long for the final instruction

 

When starting to row from rest

 

To Stop the Boat

 

To change a pair of rowers from balancing to rowing
- during warm-up

 

To increase the stroke length or pressure

 

When turning around

 

Other rowing commands

 

During longer rowing pieces