Coxing Program

WHAT IS A COXSWAIN

Coxswains are cheerleaders for their crews and ambassadors for Des Moines Rowing. While most coxes currently come from the rowers’ ranks, the would also like to develop enthusiastic water-lovers who want to focus on coxing. 

The general recommendation is for rowers in their second or third year of rowing to take the coxing clinic, but you don’t have to know how to row in order to cox. We can teach everything you need to know. Coxes not only earn volunteer hour credits for coxing, but they also improve their own rowing and leadership skills. The club teaches a two-part coxing clinic for all levels (theory on land, then on-the-water) twice in the spring or early summer.

Learn to coxswain

ON-THE-WATER COXSWAIN PRACTICE

Have you taken the coxing clinic but don’t feel ready to pilot a boat on the river? The cox practice boat is for you! This crew goes out each Saturday morning and every person in the boat takes a turn coxing. All learn from each other in a supportive and low-pressure environment.

If you’re interested, please contact the Cox Coordinator. By indicating interest, you’re not committing to each week. Instead, you’ll get a weekly e-mail seeking participants for the following Saturday. You

LEARN MORE

Want to learn more? We have created a coxswain manual full of information about what a coxswain is and what a coxswain does. We have also including information all our coxswains should know about our river. 

CONTACT OUR COXSWAIN COORDINATOR

Have more questions? Contact our coxswain coordinator today.