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Technique and skill: contemplating your navel

Coach consultant Robin Williams explores technique and skill – and how you can improve both

This month I am looking at skill in rowing, the difference between skill and technique, how usefully skills from other sports can transfer to rowing, and finally whether cross training activities can augment water skills.

These themes follow naturally from the recent article about self-help technique which covered attitudes to learning and useful basic concepts about moving a boat which can help accelerate your learning.

If you have the right idea or picture in your head, then you are likely to make better sense of rowing technique than someone who does not. Example concepts include swimming and kayaking where we face forwards and enter the hand or paddle in the direction of travel, compared to rowing where we face backwards and frequently miss the entry!

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