rowing mistakes

Recovery – Blade dive flight

Mistake: During recovery the water is approached with the blade to a height of less than half a blade-width. Because thereby squaring has become impossible, the blade is then again diverted from the water again. The catch then takes place from a relatively high height, and is indirect. Dropping the blade to the water and move it away from the water again is called blade dive flight. A more extreme form of this is lightly tapping the water at the same time in the recovery (see: Systematically tapping the water).
Observe: Blade: Watch the blade to see  if and when it comes to the water and goes away from it again.
Oarlocks: look at the oarlocks and determine that the boat is level.
Cause: Too little downward pressure on the handles. Possibly caused by a Sliding stroke or nonchalance.
Indirect catch.
bin/ boat:
Help the rower find the correct blade height with the exercise Blade trail variations. Check the finish: this should bring the blade above the water with more than half a blade-width to spare. If not, focus on this first and fix this mistake Blade turn out. Otherwise, practice keeping pressure on the lever(s), for instance by moving the blades vertically up and down during recovery to mimic a bird's wingbeat.
Visually by looking at the blade, this should not perform a blade dive flight.
A rower's blade dives every draw. You can see this.

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Blade dive flight (red) compared to a (blue) proper recovery (

Recovery – Systematically tapping the water
Recovery – No water-free recovery

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