Dutch Race Coxing Program
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
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An Intensive, International Challenge for Coxswains
A small, intense cohort of 6 coxswains or less, a dedicated coach, and "rented" athletes that enable you to intensively practice water-skills as you wind through Amsterdam on the Amstel for 2 weeks prior to coxing racing shells at the NSFR-SLOT regatta - this is the top-end of our coxswain camps.
The program is coached by a high-performance coxswain and supervised by a 3-time Olympic coxswain. The only limit to your learning will be your own ability to process information at speed. Of course, there are distractions: you will partner with the Dutch Small Boat Racing Program to goto Van Gogh museum, ride bicycles along the Amstel, and of course, eat pancakes.
You can learn more about coxing in two weeks than some learn in two years, though much depends on your own thoughtfulness and ability to utilize the resources available to your advantage in a foreign country. Steering the Amstel is challenging, but the level of access and the opportunity to practice each day is unprecendented.
You'll engage in a coxswain coaching session and water session each day on the Amstel river - which runs through Amsterdam and contains centuries old bridges, barges, and a number of rowing shells. Coxswain coaching focuses on building self awareness and evaluation skills to help coxswains improve long after camp ends and is built on the Sparks coxing curriculum developed by multiple US and foreign Olympic and national team coxswains.
Determing if You're A Fit
A high degree of maturity, proactive thoughtfulness, and an adventurous spirit characterize successful Holland coxswain camp athletes.
Talent is relative: ultimately, it is the intensity of your desire to learn and develop self-awareness in a foreign environment in order to develop as a leader that will allow this program to be life-changing.
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Hilary Gehman spent 15 years coaching rowing at the collegiate level, working first in a club program, then assistant coach for two separate DI programs, before seven years as the Staley head coach of women’s rowing at Cornell University. She has been a college counselor with Sparks since 2015. An accomplished athlete, Hilary is also a two-time rowing Olympian and six-time National Team member.