Learn to Row – Videos


How to Set Up Your Scull

World-class rower Charlotte Hollings shows you how to set up your scull, get in, and push away from the dock. Watch as she demonstrates how to position your oars properly, balance the boat for entry, and adjust your rig height for optimum performance. Filmed on the private lake owned by Calm Waters

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Notes:

  • Red oar: right hand
  • Green oar: left hand

How to Scull – Sculling Technique – Rowing – Learn to Row

Sculling Academy founder, Steve Walker, gives the 1st lesson in sculling. To watch the next video about preventing capsize go and opt in at http://scullingacademy.com after all who wants to fall in? Steve is an expert rowing and sculling coach and won F1x at Henley Masters and the World Masters Rowing regattas in 2012.

Notes:

  • The bow is the forward part of the hull of a ship or boat, the point that is usually most forward when the vessel is underway. Both of the adjectives fore and forward mean towards the bow. The other end of the boat is the stern.
  • The stern is the back or aft-most part of a ship or boat.

Source: Stephen Walker

Recovery to Catch: How to Position Your Hands and Hold Your Oars

Charlotte Hollings shows you how to grip your oars to row for efficiency and power. Charlotte is a U.S. National Team gold medalist and the co-owner and rowing coach at Calm Waters Rowing, a rowing camp for beginning and experienced rowers alike.

This video is part of the “Introduction to Rowing Technique” series produced by Calm Waters Rowing on their private lake in Lancaster, Virginia.

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Notes:

  • left hand above the right hand and the left hand slightly in front of the right hand (i.e the left hand slightly pointing to the stern and the right hand pointing to the bow).

Staying Relaxed and Horizontal as You Row

Many rowing coaches will tell you to sit up in the boat. But Calm Waters Rowing coach and U.S. National Team medalist John Dunn says sitting up straight is a mistake. Learn why in this video tutorial filmed on the private lake owned by Calm Waters Rowing, a rowing camp for beginning and experienced rowers alike in Lancaster, Virginia..

This video is part of the “Introduction to Rowing Technique” series produced by Calm Waters Rowing.

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Notes: Square the blade; the water is flat; release the blade; come to the catch; nice and level; straight through; nice and comfortable; keep the oars horizontal

Finish and Release: Rowing for Power

If you’re not comfortable with your release, it will be very hard to be aggressive with your drive. In this video tutorial, world-class rower John Dunn describes and demonstrates the three key steps to a powerful release. John Dunn is a U.S. National Team medalist and co-owner and coach at Calm Waters Rowing, a rowing camp for beginning and experienced rowers alike in Lancaster, Virginia. This video was filmed on the private lake owned by Calm Waters Rowing and is part of Calm Waters’ “Introduction to Rowing Technique” video series.

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Notes:

  • finish and release, the drive, blade depth,the catch, feather the blade, steady hands, John Dunn
  • feathering the blade is the first part of the recovery
  • feather the blade above the water (during recovery don’t keep your feathered blade on the water)

 

Sculling Mens Double Scull. Australian Olympic Scullers Dan Noonan and Chris Morgan Training at Mosman

Incredible Catch while Sculling

Steve Walker, founder of http://scullingacademy.com, reveals a remarkable video of an incident he recorded unintentionally. Please share this with your friends.

Source: Stephen Walker

Recovery to Catch 2: Body & Blade Preparation

Cut through the water like an Olympic rower. Charlotte Hollings shows you how with expert instruction on recovery to catch, including body and blade preparation, as well as a simple drill you can use to hone your technique.

Charlotte is a U.S. National Team gold medalist and the co-owner and rowing coach at Calm Waters Rowing, a rowing camp for beginning and experienced rowers alike.

This video is part of the “Introduction to Rowing Technique” series produced by Calm Waters Rowing on their private lake in Lancaster, Virginia.

Source: rowingwithcalmwaters

Notes:

  • let the blade drop into the water
  • be comfortable sitting at the catch
  • learn to relax
  • The 1) release, 2) recovery and 3) the catch are part of the recovery

Keywords:

  • square the blade
  • full slide
  • the recovery
  • the catch

ABCs of a Powerful Drive: Perfecting Your Rowing Technique

World-champion sculler Charlotte Hollings shows you a 3-point system you can follow to practice your drive then demonstrates how to use your legs and body — not your shoulders — to row for power.

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Notes:

  • make the drive as horizontal as possible – no need to go up, no need to go down
  • blade depth – keep the blades just under the surface all the way through the drive
  • legs and body moving together,… legs and body… and once the legs are down, then draw the elbows
  • stay loose, stay relaxed

Common mistakes:

  • lifting one’s hands – rather keep the hands low and level
  • at the finish, don’t push your hands down before the ened of the drive

Keywords:

  • half slide
  • full slide
  • the catch = point A (where one starts the drive)
  • the middle of the drive = point B
  • Point C at the end of the drive with the blades still just under the water)

How to Steer Your Scull

Learn how to steer your scull to stay on course, then watch as world-class rower Charlotte Hollings shows you two methods for turning: one for when you’re rowing for recreation and another for when you’re racing.

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Notes:

  • the best time to turn and look around is during the drive because it is when the boat is more stabel (don’t turn and look around during the release as this will slopw the boat down).
  • turn the boat at the beginning of the drive – set yourself up during the recoevery

Mastering the Drive: Expert Rowing Technique

World-champion sculler Charlotte Hollings shows you how to use your legs and upper body through the drive for a fluid and powerful ride.

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Notes:

  • The importance of the horizontal stroke
  • don’t let the lift of the catch get into the drive
  • 1st let the blades drop in (the water) and then ensure the entire drive goes straight through
  • use the muscles in your legs, back and core to accelerate the boat
  • once the legs are down, the body and the arms can carry through
  • make the sequence ‘legs’ > ‘body’ > ‘arms’ as fluid as possible.

Tags: the catch, the drive, the end of the drive before the release.

Horizontal Rowing Posture Demonstrated by Olympic Gold Medalists

World-champion rower John Dunn uses clips from the Beijing Olympics to show you what your rowing posture should look like at the catch, middle of the drive, and release. You’ll see that all of the 2008 gold medalists demonstrate a relaxed and horizontal (not upright) rowing style with rounded backs.

John is a U.S. National Team medalist and the co-owner and rowing coach at Calm Waters Rowing, a rowing camp for beginning and experienced rowers alike. This video is part of the “Introduction to Rowing Technique” series produced by Calm Waters Rowing on their private lake in Lancaster, Virginia.

Source: rowingwithcalmwaters

Notes:

  • John Dunn is not in favour of upright rowing style with straight backs. He suggests a relaxed rowing style with a horizontal drive and rounded backs
  • the catch position/ the catch end
  • the middle of the drive
  • the finish position/ the release

The Complete Rowing Stroke Demonstrated by Olympic Gold Medalists

World-champion rower John Dunn uses stop-motion video of Olympic gold medalists David Crawshay and Scott Brennan to show you the complete rowing stroke move by move. John analyzes every stage of the stroke, from catch to drive to release, and even shows you what the team’s blades looked like at each stage. You’ll see exactly how these champion rowers powered through the water and dominated the men’s double sculls event in Beijing.

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Notes:

  • blades coming off
  • blades feather over the top of the water
  • forearms horizontal with the shafts
  • hands squaring the blades
  • very relaxed with the elbows
  • very relaxed with the arms
  • not trying to over-reach
  • heads are level
  • very little back-splash
  • the top edge of the blade just covered – do not bury much of the shaft
  • blade completely covered but just under the surface
  • the blade feathers over the top of the water; the blades just clearing the water.

Rowing Drills and Habits

Charlotte Hollings demonstrates some rowing drills and habits she comes back to again and again. Hollings is a U.S. National Team gold medalist and co-owner and rowing coach at Calm Waters Rowing, a rowing camp in Virginia for beginning and experienced rowers alike.

Source: rowingwithcalmwaters

Notes:

  • sit comfortably at the catch, blades squared and buried, find the balance, find the grip
  • relax the elbows, nice, horizontal, smooth drive

Natural Rowing Technique Demonstrated by Charlotte Hollings

Rowers often ask us at Calm Waters Rowing to post a video of Charlotte Hollings rowing, so here it is. Charlotte demonstrates true natural rowing technique. Charlotte Hollings and John Dunn are both U.S. National Team medalists and co-owners and rowing coaches at Calm Waters Rowing, a rowing camp for beginning and experienced rowers alike. This video is part of the “Introduction to Rowing Technique” series produced by Calm Waters Rowing.

Notes:

  • relaxation
  • horizontal movement
  • horizontal acceleration of the drive
  • blades staying level from the beginning of the drive till the end (of the drive)
  • the blades stay square throughout the drive
  • there is minimum back-splash.
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