There is a direct correlation between a sculler’s boat handling
skills and their speed. Confidently backing down on to the stake-boat
and getting quickly attached at the start of a race is an obvious
example. But also having all the boat handling skills is confidence
boosting to be safe on the river, and handle a variety of tricky
situations. Below is the list of the 10 ESSENTIAL covered on the Programme.
You can use this as a self-check to assess your current skills and chart your progress.
‘Competent’ means you can execute the skills, but still have to think about it consciously
‘Skilled’ means you have reached a level where it is easy and natural.
THE 10 ESSENTIAL BOAT HANDLING SKILLS
|SCULLING – BOAT-HANDLING SKILLS||COMPETENT||SKILLED|
|1. Getting in and out of the boat safely|
|2. Getting away from the landing, onto the landing,
incl. reverse landing
|3. Not falling in, balance and confidence exercises
1 scull balance; 1 scull support; stand up, rigger dips
|4. Backing down – conventional and unconventional/getting onto the stake-boat|
|5. Spinning around incl. using full slide|
|6. Avoiding collisions, seeing behind you, spotting for another|
|7. Steering – reach, finish, off one foot; straight course; big bend|
|8. Emergency stop – 2 methods, plus letting one blade go away|
|9. Self-rescue after capsize; buddy rescue|
|10. Handling the scull in strong stream and tide, ferry glide|