Each of the classes on the learn2cox programme is based around a specific topic, as outlined below.

Theory Sessions

Practical Sessions

Introductory Session
- Intro to the club & to rowing
- Boathouse tour
- Terminology of boats & boat parts

Basic Technique
- How to row (what the cox needs to know)

Safety Briefing
- General safety information
- Equipment
- Use of cox boxes
- Roles & responsibilities of the cox

Essential Commands
- Words to use
- Timing/placement of calls
- Standard routines

Steering & Navigation
- General river rules
- Maidenhead-specific rules
- How the rudder works
- Using the stream to your advantage

Navigating the Maidenhead Reach
-- Follow-up to navigation theory class

N/A Essential Boat Manoeuvres
- Leaving the raft / arriving back / turning
- Warm-up & pressure work
- Normal stopping & emergency stop

Other training and development opportunities for coxes, outside of the learn2cox classes, are as follows:

* Thursday night 'surgery': Jill Danby will be available in the club bar from 8.30pm most Thursday evenings. Any cox wishing to discuss a particular aspect of coxing on a 1:1 basis is welcome to pop down and have a chat with Jill.

* Tailored sessions: Jill can support integrated training of the cox with the squad they cox for, by attending an outing or two with that squad. The squad coach should contact Jill in the first instance, to discuss requirements and make arrangements.

* Master Classes: These can be arranged according to demand on a variety of topics, including:

  • Racing (general)
  • Coxing the Henley courses
  • Coxing the Tideway Heads
  • Communication / Motivating the crew
  • The Coach's in-boat Assistant


Maidenhead Rowing Club run Learn To Cox courses, which are equally suitable for those who have already rowed and/or coxed a little, and those who have never coxed before and fancy giving it a go.


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