Cox Assessment


1. Manoeuvre skiff to pick up a floating buoy on a line

2. Drop and safely manoeuvre away from the buoy

3. Complete turns on both hands, round buoys

4. Steer a straight course.

5. Complete 360 degree turn

6. Complete emergency stop

7. Launch and recover skiff


1. Identify means of accessing weather, tidal and safety information

2. List procedure for safety brief prior to launch

3. List “No Go” circumstances

4. List safety kit required for normal rowing

5. List kit required for SCRA Racing

6. List correct launching and recovery procedures.

7.Describe how to deploy the anchor. Description of anchor equipment.

8. Describe Role of the Cox and Responsibilities

9. Identify areas locally where it is safe/not safe to go and why.

10.What are the club approved cox commands for moving astern and short turning to port.

11. Name ten attributes, tasks and responsibilities of a cox

12. Write out the name of your skiff in the phonetic alphabet.


Coxing Commands

It helps if coxes are consistent with their terminology. The following are what we use, but other clubs may differ slightly so if there are any guest rowers it may be best to clarify. The commands should be in time with the rhythm at the catch/finish of the stroke, and clear. The skiff is numbered from the bow who is 1, 2, 3 and stroke 4.

* Come forward to row – command to get the rowers ready for rowing by pushing arms out at full stretch, blades on the water

* Give way ToGether – start to row, emphasis on the two syllables of Together

* Easy Oars – stop rowing

* Hold water – rowers put the blades in the water to brake the boat

* Stroke turn/strike – stroke side keeps rowing, bow side stops

* Bow turn/strike – bow side keeps rowing, stroke side stops

* Together – both sides join in following a turn

* Stop – emergency stop. All oars in the water and hold them tight

* Back her down – row backwards

* Touch her up  (stroke/bow side) – One side takes wee strokes to straighten eg race start

* Paddle hard/light – amount of effort in the stroke, not the rating

* Easy on Stroke/bow – both sides row, but one side eases off