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Novice paddlers should gain a better understanding of traditional boat racing by learning more about the sport from these terms. “All Down” command - Paddlers must stop paddling and rest with paddles on their laps.
- Paddlers must pause in the catch position.
“Attention, please” command
- This is announced to prepare crews for departure. The start gun will follow in approximately 3-5 seconds.
- This is a stroke used to move the boat in a backwards motion.
- This means stopping the boat’s momentum or movement.
- This person sits in the bow and sets a crew’s timing by rhythmically pounding a drum.
- A command made in the last leg of the race to increase power and stroke rate.
Hitting the catch
- To drive the paddle forcefully into the water at maximum arm length.
“Let it run” command
- A command for paddlers to stop paddling and let the boat coast with all blades above the water level.
- When paddler pulls the paddle in a backwards motion parallel to the boat to propel the boat forward.
- The forward movement of the arm to maximise the stroke length before the paddle enters the water.
“Ready, Ready” command
- A command used to signal to paddlers to ready their paddles for the start of the race.
- When the paddle moves to the start of a stroke after exiting the water from a previous stroke.
- A term used to describe the situation when a paddler’s timing is ahead of and out of sync with the rest of the crew.
- The person responsible for steering and giving crew commands, who is seated at the stern of the boat.
- Refers to one cycle of the paddling motion. It also refers to the section of paddlers in the front of the boat who set the pace for team.
- The pace or number of times the paddle is pulled per minute.
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