bg-3 Confidence


By Chelsea Dommert · June, 2013

We’ve made it through day 2 of our coxswains-only camp in Oklahoma City! Our campers have finished a busy, full day of activities, and are recharging for an even more action-packed schedule tomorrow. Though yesterday featured several individual and group exercises, today we added something new – partner exercises. The coxswains built new friendships and started sharing their ideas more confidently as they compared notes with one another.

We began our morning on the water. Laura gave a preliminary briefing on steering before the campers headed out to practice their steering skills for sprint races and for head races. Oklahoma City’s straight 2000m course, along with its head race turn, catered well to the lessons.

Oklahoma Coxswain Camp

As the sun became hotter, we headed inside to reflect on the practice. The coaches then gave a lecture about how to prepare for a coxing session and drew connections between preparedness and confidence.

For the afternoon practice, the coxswains got a tour of the newest boathouse at the Oklahoma City venue. They then tried out the exercise equipment, practiced their own rowing, and coxed each other on a few short pieces. Finally, coxswains practiced their awareness by leading each other through a few moc pieces and solidifying important informative calls.

Oklahoma Coxswain Camp

Then we switched to a less serious activity: a ropes course! Our coxswains got to walk across balance beams and wires as they climbed to the top of an 80-foot slide – the tallest dry slide in the United States.

Oklahoma Coxswain Camp

After dinner, Laura guided the coxswains through some exercises in audio review. Finally done for the day, the kids have headed to bed. Tomorrow we’ll get on the water twice before noon. The coxswains have learned so much already, and now we’ll ask them for even more.

Below you can find links to learn more about Sparks Rowing camps.

Learn more about our coxswain’s only rowing camp by following the link.  Or, read some excerpts from the the coxswain only rowing camp blog.  Our next round of summer rowing camp information can be found here.  Follow this link for information on our New Zealand rowing camp and here for their NZ camp blog (with some great videos).  We also have some great information on our winter rowing camp  and you can get another perspective through our blog on the advanced winter rowing camp here.

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