Ok fellow coxies! So, I wrote this Coxie Test as one of my first posts on this forum a long time ago. So the initial one had a few problems (and I'm sure this one does too!!), however I hope to fix it up a bit and as my views have also changed as I've progressed as a cox my answers will have changed a bit too. (Again, all of this is my own opinion, the point is to compare and learn from different perspectives!!) Enjoy!!
Q. Why do you, personally, cox? Have you tried rowing?
I used to hate coxing! I had never been so consistently wrong in anything ever! It was so discouraging. Eventually I asked around for a bit of help and found this site. I've been improving ever since. So, initially my motivation was to get better, and try to impress this new community I was in, especially being the youngest and most inexperienced in the club. Now, I simply love coxing and the sport itself!! That's my motivation to get better.
I have tried rowing, and I still do row! I'm small and weak (surprise, surprise), but my motivation is that the other cox (very petite!) in the club is also a rower. She's an A or B grade rower, so it IS possible! I would like to be a very experienced cox and a competent rower.
Q. So, what is a coxswain?
A very important part of any crew (with the exception of the unmentionable coxless goers *shocked*), whose main priority is to make the boat be able to go the fastest it possibly can. The cox motivates, delegates and steers the boat.
Q. Are you only important on the water? Or does your importance and status remain on land too? Do you think there is any benefit from crew chats?
I do believe your importance remains on land too (unless it's at the pub, when the rowers take over!). Stuff like boat loading, regattas, rigging, land training, getting the boat to the water and back. You have to make sure that you know what's going on, and the rowers know you are in charge even if stroke is calling the shots - you have the power to change what s/he says (not that you do, but you have to make them think that!!). Obviously crew chats before and after are very important to be a part of, I hate it when people walk away without a crew chat - I want to give feedback and I want it myself!! It's the best way to learn what the rowers felt, the coach felt and what you personally felt, it gives the strength to the crew to work together. Mentally and physically.