A great coxswain embodies specific traits, has an exceptional grasp on the skills needed in coxing and adds a dash of magic to become an indispensable member of the crew. A cox is:

  • Positive
  • Intelligent
  • Confident
  • Selfless
  • Competitive

Through hard work and practice, a great coxswain builds themselves so that:

  • They can communicate clearly with purpose and authority.
  • They can steer and maneuver a shell like an extension of their own person.
  • They have a strong understanding of the mechanics of the rowing stroke and the propulsion of a shell.
  • They know how to relate to and motivate people in a positive way unifying them to achieve their best.
  • They can read real-time events before they happen and adjust to achieve the desired results both in practice and during a race.

Combining all these things a great cox adds a dash of their own personality to become an individual the rowers trust implicitly. There is no one formula for achieving these things and becoming the best, but your path starts with the Down and Dirty Guide to Coxing!