Jim Flood is a coach for International Olympic Committee Coach Development Programme as well as Reading Rowing Club. He writes about what it takes to balance a boat. His approach is not prescriptive, Jim prefers to allow you and your athletes to work out for yourselves what contributes to boat balance. Jim sets out a series of exercises and tests to deliver kinesthetic learning experiences which demonstrate his deep understanding about how athletes learn and by inference, how coaches teach. Jim’s mind map of balance and the elements that contribute to it is worth printing out for your club noticeboard.