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The Quest for a New Coxswain

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It’s my semester end I am already worked up with my assignments but one thing that is eating up my head, as well as my teammates’, is the need of a new coxswain. Our coxswain has left the state as he has gone into another team who is paying him well. Guess it’s time to get hold of a new one.

Who’s a coxswain?

They are short stature, confident, athletic-built person, who has good leadership personalities. They are not just short people who shout a lot and have a rude temperament but they make up for the most important part of the rowing team who actually leads the team.

Precisely, if you ask me, they are the coach at that very moment in the boat who coaxes you to finish up first. Their tasks make them unforgiving to the situation where they give his or her teammates the exact version of the other boats and how far they are from the finishing line. So, the coxswain is the best person to listen to when rowing who can actually make or break the race for you and your team!

Tips for search: While this search was going on I realized some deep understating for getting hold of a proper coxswain and what all one shouldn’t do while recruiting them.

– They are there to lead you, so be respectful:

I have often seen many rowing teams opting for harsher kind of advertisements in their flyers such as “Are your short?” or “Is being loud comes naturally to you?”. Or say, “do you suffer from Napoleon complexities?” for attracting coxswains but there are better ways to do so.

A proper way to advertise with interesting flyers for advertisements which precisely says about the role of a coxswain in the team helps in getting the right one. Experienced coxswains often get offended owing to such advertisements.

– Don’t treat them like an accompaniment but like an athlete:

Just how important you are for your team as a rower that’s the same importance that you need to attach to a coxswain you are attracting. Try to give them ideas about how exciting the journey would be for them if they join your team.

Things such as learning leadership skills, practice races and other launches are the best way to give them the idea that you and your team will value them just like you do to the other rowers.

– You need a coxswain who can help you win in the future:

While advertising for coxswains, I got some idea about how we should showcase that we have won great races this season and that is the best way to attract good coxswains. But in reality, if you don’t want to get rejected for the process avoid this strategy. Most experienced coxswains would want to join because they want to display their potential of being one and not just an accompaniment.

I and my team have had a tough time searching for Nigel (that’s our coxswain). Hope your search won’t be as frenzied as ours.

Nigel says, Happy Rowing!