Rowing is a water sport that uses all major muscle groups to propel a boat forward. Rowing boats are the fastest muscle powered craft on the water, and are not to be confused with canoes which only utilize the upper body to move the boat.
Rowers use long oars to lever the boat using most of the power provided by the leg drive, this is why we face “backwards” when we row!
*Rowers with only one oar are sweep rowers. Sweep boats may or may not carry a coxswain (pronounced cox-n - primary purpose to steer and on-the-water coaching). In boats without coxswains, one of the rowers steers by moving the boat rudder with his or her foot.
*Sweep rowing is when each rower has one oar. Boats are comprised of 2, 4, or 8 people
*Rowers with two oars – one in each hand – are scullers. There are three sculling events: the single – 1x (one person), the double – 2x (two) and the quad – 4x (four). Typically sculls do not have coxswain.
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