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Basic Skills of Rowing

Basic Skills of Rowing boat
Rowing is a fun outdoor activity that allows you to enjoy water play without getting wet. While this article doesn't give you an immersive experience with rowing, nor does it really teach you how to do it, you can still learn the basics of rowing from it.

Chapter 1 Understand the equipment


Know about small boats: small boats are open and slender, with pointed ends. Boats have multiple models, including one-person boats, two-person boats, three-person boats and multiplayer boats. The front of the boat is called the bow, and the back is called the stern; The middle body is called the hull. The boat is propelled by paddles.


Know what a paddle is. The paddle moves the boat. When you hold the paddle and insert it into the water, you can move the boat forward. Paddles are divided into four parts:

Grip: When rowing, the upper hand is placed here. For example, if you paddle with your right hand, then your left hand is used to hold the grip and your right hand to hold the shaft.

Shaft: This is the main part of the paddle. You should hold the middle of the shaft with your hand. If you paddle with your right hand, hold the center of the shaft with your right hand, and the grip with your left hand.

Throat: This is where the shaft and grip are linked.

Blade: When it comes to paddles, the most common thing that comes to mind is the blade. The blade is relatively large and flat, located at the bottom of the paddle. When you paddle, the blade is used to thrash water so that the boat moves forward.


Understand the importance of life jackets. This is especially important if you're a first-time rower or if you're unfamiliar with water. The laws of many countries require everyone on board to have a life jacket.


Study other things you may need to bring in boats. You need to bring something - it depends on how long you plan to stay on the water. But no matter how long you plan to stay, you must bring a bottle of water. Rowing is hard work. It's important to rehydrate. Other things you need to bring include:

Water shoes: If you plan on rowing somewhere and taking a risk, then you'd better bring your water shoes. Water shoes can make swimming easier (they can be helpful if you accidentally fall into the water), and it's not a hassle to walk in them.

Waterproof and dirt-resistant clothes: Even if you don't fall into the water, it's hard to avoid getting splashed (intentionally or unintentionally).

Dry bag: It is also known as waterproof bag, which is a type of equipment that is often carried when rowing boats. You can put cameras, telephones, clothes(jackets) and other things in the waterproof bag(things will not get wet in it).

Helmet: You need to wear a helmet only if you plan to go for a quick ride.

Chapter 2 Boarding


Anchor the boat and make it perpendicular to the shore. The bow should be the closest to the shore or pier, while the stern is at the far end. If you don't get wet on one foot, you can simply push the boat into the shallow water (but don't let it touch the bottom of the water) and then climb from there to the boat. If possible, have someone else help you to hold the boat in place.


Decide who sits at the bow and who sits at the stern. More experienced people should sit in the stern. Those in the bow of the boat are responsible for rowing, while those in the stern of the boat are responsible for rowing and steering. (" steering "will be introduced in part 3)


Boarding: Push the boat out and let much of the boat float (the bow should float first). Hold the boat so that it does not float away. The man in the bow go first, climb into the boat, and crouch down, holding both sides of it, to keep it as smooth as possible. Then he should move slowly forward towards the bow, and in the process, he should hold both sides of the boat, place his centre of gravity on the centre line of the boat, and keep his balance. Once he has settled down, you can put one of your feet in the middle of the boat, and then use the other foot to push the boat out. In the process, hold your hands on either side of the boat. Then you can take your seat.

If you are the second person to get into the boat, you can also get on the boat first(make sure your body is centered on the boat's centre line) and sit down, then push the boat out (you may need to do so several times) with your paddle to shore.

If you take a boat from the dock, do the same thing. The difference is that you should try to keep the boat parallel to the dock rather than vertical(vertical can push the boat out).

Chapter 3 Rowing


Sit upright in the boat. Leaning slightly forward can ease back strain. If you lean to one side, you're likely to flip the boat. When rowing, keep your hand on the grip and hold the center of the shaft with your other hand.


Rowing forward. When rowing, one paddle is on the right side of the boat and the other paddle is on the left. If one hand is tired, switch to the other (both men). In addition to changing hands, both paddles should be kept "one left and one right" so that the boat can move forward efficiently.

When holding the paddle, make sure that the hand that is higher away from the blade is near the face (not the chest) and that the hand near the water is exerting itself. The entire blade is inserted into the water, and the shaft is almost perpendicular to the water surface.

Let the paddles paddle along the edge of the boat in the water. If the paddles stay close to the edge of the boat, your body can keep the boat steady(without flipping).


If you sit in the stern, you have to learn to turn. The man at the stern of the boat does most of the steering. When rowing in a straight line, you may find that the boat is either to the left or to the right. This could be because of the current, or it could be because one of the paddlers is stronger. Whatever the reason, you need to be responsible for getting the boat back on the right track. And all you have to do is choose which side to paddle(You paddle on which side the boat is on).

Another method of steering is the j-paddle. In this way, you need to place the paddles behind you and keep them parallel to the boat. Swing water outward (toward the bow) and form a shape of J. If you want to turn right, make a j-paddle on the right side of the boat. If you want to turn left, do a j-paddle on the left.


Rowing backward. Rowing backward is essentially the same as rowing forward. Place the paddle behind you and pull forward (you should pick it up when adjusting your direction) so that the boat moves back.

Chapter 4


The rower faced the land, keeping the boat perpendicular to the shore. If you don't want to put the boat on land, you should insert the paddle into the water vertically (without paddling) and slow down the boat. If there are two people rowing on the boat, the paddles should be inserted vertically, left and right. If the boat is still going at high speed, you can row backward, which will slow down the boat.


Reach the bow paddle to disperse the impact of the boat and the shore. At this point, you must keep the boat in a very slow state. If the impact is too great, the boat is likely to crash, and even people will be knocked out of the boat.


Precautions for disembarking (from the boat) refer to the chapter 2Boarding. The only thing to notice is that you are performing those steps backward. All in all, keep the boat balanced. The first man on shore helps the others to hold the boat and keep it steady.

If you are going to park the boat on the dock, you can rope it (if possible) before you go ashore. This will hold the boat in place, so that you can focus on keeping your center of gravity steady.
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