Why are we are failing many of the beginners we need in rowing?
As a nation, we might be good at producing medal winners at international events, but what we are less good at is making the sport more accessible and inclusive.
Jim Flood believes that there are two aspects of this failure: one is a casual approach to the process and skills of teaching beginners; the other is the lack of an adequate system for integrating beginners into rowing as club members.
Who should be teaching people to row?
The teaching of rowing should be seen as a key investment for the future; done well it will provide a supply of elite rowers, it should produce satisfied club members who can row independently and contribute significantly to the development of the club.
Beginners need a warm reassuring welcome so get on with learning more how to teach rowing succesfully.