British Rowing, in conjunction with the Cornish Pilot Gig Association and Cornish Rowing Association recently ran a series of ‘Fixed Seat Rowing Technique’ workshops for clubs based in the West and Wessex Regions.
The workshop is the culmination of two years of hard work by volunteers from a number of fixed seat rowing associations. A working group made up of British Rowing staff and representatives from clubs and fixed seat rowing associations was set up with the remit of developing a technique module, which could be used as part of the Fixed Seat Level 2 course, and also as a standalone workshop.
After a number of lengthy meetings and two photo sessions, a module was developed which was piloted in 2009 as part of Fixed Seat level 2 coaching courses being run in the West Region. Following this, it was felt it would be a good idea to role the workshop out more widely, so that as many clubs as possible could get the chance to attend.
A workshop series was subsequently set up, to run in the winter and spring of 2010, with eight dates arranged at a number of venues ranging from Penzance to Weymouth. The sessions were delivered by leading coaches from the CPGA and CRA, all of whom had been involved with the working group which put the workshop together.
The workshop series proved to be a huge success, with a total of 251 club coaches and rowers attending the eight workshops.
As part of the development of the workshop, British Rowing have also produced a Fixed Seat Rowing Technique Poster, which outlines key aspects of correct technique for rowing traditional fixed seat boats. This poster is available to download from the British Rowing website – www.britishrowing.org