Coxing at BCR

Coxing is a skill and an art and takes a while to master. The cox is the ‘coach in the boat’ and is responsible for the safety, coaching, and enjoyment of everyone in their charge. To that end, we have come up with Coxing Requirements that indicate the levels of knowledge you will be expected to have and develop over time.

The list of skills is decided by the Coaching Committee and moderated by our Head Coxswain, Wendy Gutcher. If you are interested in learning to become a coxswain, or have already coxed and want to join the program, please contact Wendy.

The basic levels are

Novice
1. Steering on the water and maneuvering off the water
2. Basic commands
3. Safety

Row/Cox
1. Knowledgeable with coxing calls both on and off the water.
2. Able to dock a boat
3. Familiar with reservoir traffic patterns and shore hazards.
4. Knows how to position boat in high wake situations.
5. Accepts responsibility for safety of crew and equipment.

Independent Row
1. Knowledgeable with coxing calls both on and off the water.
2. Able to dock a boat without damage under adverse conditions such as high winds and waves.
3. Familiar with reservoir traffic patterns and shore hazards.
4. Knows how to position boat in high wake situations.
5. Understands weather at the res and has strength to halt practice due to weather.
6. Accepts responsibility for safety of crew and equipment.

Full Cox
1. Everything listed in Independent and Novice
2. Appropriate use of drills
3. Ability to correct technique from the seat



Requirements for coxing non-program rows

For rower and equipment safety, only approved coxswains may sign out the larger boats (fours/eights) for rowing outside of Programs. The approved coxswain must also cox the boats.

For the same reasons, only scullers approved to row the bow in the quad may sign out the quad for rowing outside of Programs. The approved sculler must be in the bow.

Coxing skills:

1. Knowledgeable with coxing calls both on and off the water.
2. Able to dock a boat without damage under adverse conditions such
as high winds and waves.
3. Familiar with reservoir traffic patterns and shore hazards.
4. Knows how to position boat in high wake situations.
5. Understands weather at the res and has strength to halt
practice due to weather.
6. Accepts responsibility for safety of crew and equipment.

Rowing Bow in the quad:

1. Certified to take out all small sculling boats.
2. Previous experience rowing bow.
3. Ability to make calls and steer boat using feet.
4. Knows how to position boat in high wake situations.
5. Understands weather at the res and has strength to halt practice due to weather.
6. Accepts responsibility for safety of crew and equipment.

If you have coaching questions, email us at the Coaching Committee

Approved Coxswains

  • Wendy Gutcher
  • Other Resources

    2014 Coxswain Clinic Presentation
    2014 Cox Clinic Notes

    There are many youtube videos and other resources to learn coxing. We’ll add to this list over time.

    About the Author

    Greg started rowing in 2013 and wishes he had started years earlier.