Carlos Dinares Tip #260: Many Rowing Coaches are destroying the Self-Confidence of their rowers


Self-confidence is the confidence one has in oneself, one’s knowledge, and one’s abilities. It is the confidence of the type: “I can do this”. ” I have the ability to do this”. Self-confidence is the one thing that is much more important than many other abilities and traits. If you do not have self-confidence, what you do will never become fruitful at all. The fruits of what you do without self-confidence are lost.

Self-confidence is the first step to progress, development, achievement and success. Even if you have a lot of abilities and a lot of knowledge, if you do not have Self-confidence you cannot be a success.

As coaches we know that we want to coach rowers to be the best they can be. In order to achieve that we need to make them believe they can progress, develop and eventually achieve success. It is a main rule of coaching to build the self confidence of the rowers we coach instead of destroying it and making them to want to quit.

It is amazing to see this same pattern on many rowers I get the chance to coach:

- Carlos I need to come to see you soon! You need to fix my catch, my body opens too early, my legs are too slow, I cannot complete my stroke and I don’t get my arms extended as soon as I need to….

To that I ask them. Why do you know you do all that wrong? What do you do right? Tell me a little about your rowing…

- Carlos I don’t know what I do right. Actually the coach only tells me what I do wrong and he tells me all the things I do wrong, on the same practice, without any structure and also doesn’t really give me any way to fix them more than: Just keep your arms straight, Don’t open your body that early, Just push harder with your legs, Get the blade on the water faster.

It is amazing how low and destroyed is the self-confidence of many rowers i get the chance to meet.
When they talk to me I can detect an amazing passion for their rowing. They love rowing and everything about it. They work hard, they do everything their coach ask them to do, they wake up every morning at 4am to get to row, they lose hours of sleep and sacrifice many other things, all to try to be the best rower they can be.

I believe that many rowing coaches forget that by coaching always talking about the wrong things and being negative, by doing that over and over they are really destoying the confidence of their rowers and their Team.
It is not easy to coach and correct being always positive.
It is true that is hard for coaches to see the rowers they coach making the same mistake over and over and not making the change or doing the work. It is hard to coach rowers that don’t listen and want to change.

I understand that coaching rowing is not an easy job to do.
I believe that many coaches can do better and can really be more careful on how they deliver their information on their training sessions. Many coaches can structure better their training sessions and develop a more rational training system to make rowers faster and better over time.

My conclusion here is that nobody who is rowing should feel the need to stop rowing because all he or she does is wrong. Also no rower should feel that he doesn’t know what to do to fix his rowing. Every rower that has a rowing coach should have a clear idea on how to become better.
No rower should feel negative and sad about his rowing.

For me all the rowers that love rowing are amazing rowers. They all know that they are good by just putting the effort to do it and have all those great skills and talents and positive energy that brings them everyday at 5am to practice. All those things they can improve are opportunities to become faster and better and a clear map of their development and path should be implemented to take them from A to B. All the rowers should be tested and video overtime and improvement should be detected. If improvement is not clear, we should find the why and eventually find a solution.


The future belongs to those who beleive in the beauty of their dreams ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.
For Carlos Dinares all the passionate rowers are dreamers and deserve to keep their dreams alive. As coaches we need to help the rowers we coach to dream big and be faster.

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