BUBC Coaching Video Library
Flesh Just Like Us
This is the club we should aspire to. They got to where they are through dedication and determination. Organisation and commitment. Everything else follows....
Tideway the Hard Way
Just a brilliant video showing what rowing Tideway Head of the River at race pace is like in terms of course, metrics, coxing and technique.
Olympian explains the erg
Aussie Olympian explains common mistakes on the Concept 2 erg.
British Rowing Stroke
Listen to Olympic champion try and explain what we are trying to achieve. Please note - he's yet to see the perfect stroke so don't beat yourself up.
US Squad Training
Excellent example of high tempo controlled rowing.
Cambridge Coaching Wisdom
Don't listen to us listen to someone who knows what they are talking about. Steve Tampore, Cambridge University's Head Coach.
Athens 2004 GB Coxless Four
Probably one of the best exhibitions of rowing until the tank is completely empty.
Women's Eight at Speed
Great display of rowing at speed while maintaining grip on the water.
How to Motivate
Canadian coach Mike Spracklen talks about how to motivate and push people.
How to Cox the Head of the River
Old but essential video to watch for anyone coxing Tideway Head of the River for the first time.
How to steer and eight
Novice coxes should watch this to understand how to steer the boat. The terms used are slightly different but the important part is understanding where the boat pivots.
This was a great Thames women's crew made even better by an excellent cox. No repitition. No anxiety. Just confidence.
GB Squad on Henley TV
Just take a look at this to see why we think qualifying for Henley is the pinnacle of your university rowing career.
This is the Australian awesome foursome at their sublime best in training hardly disturbing the water.
Excellent Ergo Technique
Probably the best explanation or ergo technique on the web. Mainly because this guy understands posture and how the body works. Watch again and again.
Novice Drill Sequences
Good set of novice drills all done in a stable environment. Copy these drills when training novices and you will not go far wrong.
Great Lightweight Crew
I just always liked the way these guys rowed.
Murray and Bond the Best
Simply the best oarsmen every. Their technique can be criticised but the way they work together is sublime.
Outside Handle Drill
BUBC puts a lot of emphasis on outside hand drills. They create balance and teach the oarsman how to place the blade with confidence and grip the water with the feet and drive through the hips not from the shoulders.
Rowing with Rhythm
US women's college crew rowing at night. The music probably makes it look a lot better than it is but by watching it you will get a better understanding of what it means to row with rhythm.
Stick Man Guide to Rowing
Useful when coaching novices. It provides a simplified version of the stroke and a graphical image that may have resonance with some novices.
Placement and Drive Drills
Series of drills from US college rowing emphasising the catch and drive. Includes hydroplaning a BUBC favourite. Some require a large broad stretch of water so better for training camp.
Harry Mahon is God
Two coaches dominate our rowing world view Harry Mahon and Robin Williams. Here's a very grainy video from 1994 of the now sadly dead coach god Harry Mahon.
God Speaking Part 2
Part 2 of Harry Mahon's seminal ARA talk.
Technical Exercises Video Library
These are mostly US or Australian but as long as you refer back to the British Rowing Technique video above as your reference point they provide a good broad range of exercises to pepper water sessions with. Please also refer to the technique and fault correction tables.
How to Hold a Blade
Show this before any novices get into a sweep boat. It will save you a lot of time.
This is what a roll up should look like. We do these before we do anything else. They focus the crew immediately and set the tome for the outing. We are looking for precision, patience and cohesion.
BUBC Warm Up
American's call this a reverse pick drill we just call it our crew warm up. All crews should start their sessions with roll ups. Then go into this drill which trains the athlete to use their legs not arms to drive the boat past the oar.
Single Arm Rowing
BUBC will do a lot of outside arm only rowing to emphasise the connection between the fingers, toes and placement.
Whole Crew Pause Drills
The voice is Mike Teti a legendary US rowing coach. Notice how he changes up the pause quickly and talks about incremental changes and moving with the speed of the boat.
Legs Only Drills
BUBC should emphasise these exercises. Excellent for understanding how to grip the water.
Even the US Olympic crews do them. Fundamental but essential drills.
Arms and Body
Good study of why the arms and body sequence is so crucial.
Release to Catch
Stresses the importance of getting this crucial sequence right.
Probably the weakest in this sequence but still worth watching.
Placement Dril Exercises
We call it placement they call it the catch either way these drills make the point.
Proper Body Position
Great drills which all novices should do before getting in a boat.
Roll Up Drills
So good we put it in twice. Great drill sequences for novices. Notice the emphasis on doing drills with a stable boat. Don't be scared to do entire outings with people sitting out.
The Art of Rating Up
I just like this because of Mike Teti's swearing but again notice how nothing changes apart from the speed of movement and how they don't try and "push the truck" from the first stroke. It is a build not a launch.
Half to Full Slide
Exercise is simple but notice the relaxation and fluid movement. Movement changes, speed changes but you can hardly notice it. Object lesson in stability and relaxation.
This video focuses on sculling but everything he says applies to sweep rowing. Notice the aggression with which he can drive the ergo without the handle.
Xeno Muller does very detailed analysis of the style of the GB women's and NZ men's pairs.
Pushing beats Pulling
Olynpic Sculler Xeno Muller on why prolonger the push makes you go faster.
We haven't got a pool but this drill can be done at Canford safely next to the boat house.