BUBC Coaching Video Library

Flesh Just Like Us

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

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

Olympian explains the erg

Aussie Olympian explains common mistakes on the Concept 2 erg.

British Rowing Stroke

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

US Squad Training

Excellent example of high tempo controlled rowing.

Cambridge Coaching Wisdom

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

Athens 2004 GB Coxless Four

Probably one of the best exhibitions of rowing until the tank is completely empty.

Women's Eight at Speed

Women's Eight at Speed

Great display of rowing at speed while maintaining grip on the water.

How to Motivate

How to Motivate

Canadian coach Mike Spracklen talks about how to motivate and push people.

How to Cox the Head of the River

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

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.

Real Coxing

Real Coxing

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

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.

Rowing Poetry

Rowing Poetry

This is the Australian awesome foursome at their sublime best in training hardly disturbing the water.

Excellent Ergo Technique

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

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

Great Lightweight Crew

I just always liked the way these guys rowed.

Murray and Bond the Best

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Hold a Blade

Show this before any novices get into a sweep boat. It will save you a lot of time.

Roll Ups

Roll Ups

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

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

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

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

Legs Only Drills

BUBC should emphasise these exercises. Excellent for understanding how to grip the water.

Pause Drills

Pause Drills

Even the US Olympic crews do them. Fundamental but essential drills.

Arms and Body

Arms and Body

Good study of why the arms and body sequence is so crucial.

Release to Catch

Release to Catch

Stresses the importance of getting this crucial sequence right.

The Drive

The Drive

Probably the weakest in this sequence but still worth watching.

Placement Dril Exercises

Placement Dril Exercises

We call it placement they call it the catch either way these drills make the point.

Proper Body Position

Proper Body Position

Great drills which all novices should do before getting in a boat.

Roll Up Drills

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

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

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.

Body Awareness

Body Awareness

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.

Style Analysis

Style Analysis

Xeno Muller does very detailed analysis of the style of the GB women's and NZ men's pairs.

Pushing beats Pulling

Pushing beats Pulling

Olynpic Sculler Xeno Muller on why prolonger the push makes you go faster.

Safety Videos

Capsize Dril

Capsize Dril

We haven't got a pool but this drill can be done at Canford safely next to the boat house.

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.

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