Coxswain FAQs:

Q: Is a coxswain to ensure the safety of those in the boat?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a coxswain the coach in the boat?

A: Yes, and in addition to following the orders of the team coach, the coxswain is connected to the way the boat feels, what's working, what needs to be changed, and how.

Q: Are coxswains also responsible for knowing proper rowing technique and running drills to improve technique?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a coxswain the senior chief petty officer aboard a smaller vessel such as a corvette or submarine?

A: Yes, and who was responsible for the steering and also assumed the duties which would be performed by the chief boatswain's mate and master-at-arms aboard larger vessels.

Q: Is a coxswain the highest that a cadet can achieve?

A: Yes, and except in the rare occurrence that they are promoted to the rank of Cadet Under Officer.

Q: Is a coxswain tasked with motivating the crew as well as steering as straight a course as possible to minimize the distance to the finish line?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a coxswain a petty officer or chief petty officer who commanded a captain's or admiral's barge?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a coxswain assigned to a boat by the command authority and can only be relieved by the commanding officer?

A: Yes, and Executive officer, or senior officer present.

Q: Is a coxswain responsible for steering?

A: Yes, and calling the moves, and responding to the way the other boats are moving.