NBRC Competent Cox


Introduction

Competent Cox

When do we need a Competent Cox?

Where is it safe for a Competent Cox to take a boat?

How does a Member become a Competent Cox?

Competent Cox Skills Checklist

Introduction

One of the prime purposes of this document is to provide guidelines by which we can identify coxes suitable to cox a club open session, e.g. on a Sunday afternoon, and therefore assign suitably qualified coxes to the duty rota.

The role of a Cox in a rowing boat is :-

Since having skilled coxes allows other to get out on the water, we want to encourage members to acquire the necessary skills. Most of the skills are learnt by being mentored in the boat by an experienced cox who is on board.

However, not every cox needs every skill, the demands of coxing during a race are quite different from a recreational outing around North Berwick waters. Both have their own challenges and require their own skills.

This document only describes the skills required to be a Cox for a typical 1 hour outing out of North Berwick Harbour.

Other outings, whether they be around the Bass Rock, Lamb Rock, Fidra, or elsewhere require additional skills that are outside the scope of this document.

Competent Cox

Most outings at North Berwick are scheduled for 1 hour and can be supported by a Shorewatch, or an onboard VHF radio. These outings include taking non members out as part of an open session, or training on a regular club session, or an adhoc booking. These outings require a Competent Cox on board.

When do we need a Competent Cox?

Where is it safe for a Competent Cox to take a boat?

How does a Member become a Competent Cox?

A Member self-assesses by reference to the Competent Cox Skills checklist below and asks the Membership Secretary to include him or her as a Competent Cox on the Membership Directory. The Membership Secretary or any member of the Committee, does not assess or approve inclusion of a Member on the Membership Directory, but the Committee may require a member to step down as a Competent Cox and gain further experience in the event it becomes apparent that the Member has significant gaps in his or her Competent Cox skills.

Competent Cox Skills Checklist

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