rowing mistakes

Recovery – Sliding the blades over the water

Mistake: Sliding the blades over the water, not to be confused with the Sliding stroke. A lighter version is Systematically tapping the water in the recovery.
Observe: Blade: Look at the blade to see if it hits the water.
Cause: The rower feels insecure in the boat and seeks support from the water and/or the rower does not understand how the boat reacts to his movements. This mistake is part of the Sliding stroke.
Allowing sliding the blades over the water almost always leads to the Sliding stroke. Since it is very labor intensive to repair the resulting 4-5 mistakes, sliding the blades over the water must be avoided at all times!
Squaring is not easy, because the blade is too close to the water. Loss of speed and control is caused by the constant tapping of the water. The rower does not learn to balance the boat, because the blades are on the water. In sweep rowing, keeping balance with this mistake is nearly impossible, because rowers who are sliding the blades over the water cannot vary the depth of the initial away. 
Begin by prohibiting the rower from sliding the blades over the water. In case of fear, take a wider boat if necessary. The exercise Single scull: finish variations in single scull or C1 will help to understand how a good finish contributes to balance. Use the exercises Practice finish hand height and Practice finish hand depth to get depth in the initial away. Also the exercise Chopping finish is very beneficial. If necessary use Sitting the boat when there is insufficient base balance. Finally, challenge the rower(s) to row water-free Number of water-free recoveries.
Visually or auditory during the recovery, hear and see if the blade is (still) touching the water. Tactile on the round finish.
The blades are not feathered and slide over the water. Just before the catch they come off the water and are squared (too late).

Recovery – Sliding too early
Recovery – Systematically tapping the water

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