Problem Solving

The ability to find a solution to a situation or challenge

How does rowing help?

This skill focuses on how to solve problems, recognising that while part of Problem Solving is technical know-how and experience, there are also transferable tools that individuals can develop and use.

The first steps focus on being able to follow instructions to complete tasks, seeking help and extra information if needed. The next stage focuses on being able to explore problems by creating and assessing different potential solutions. This includes more complex problems, without a simple technical solution.

Problem solving plays a huge role in rowing, to start with rowers quickly learn to ask coaches and experienced team members for help navigating the technical and often jargon filled side of the sport. As young people learn more about the sport, they need to learn to weigh up pros and cons, identify tough problems and solutions to navigate competitions and training.

Beyond this, the focus is on exploring complex solutions - thinking about causes and effects, generating options, and evaluating those options. This extends into analysis using logical reasoning and hypotheses.

Finally, individuals implement strategic plans to solve complex problems, assess their success, and draw out learning for the future.

As rowers progress through the sport, involving them in the decision-making process alongside teachers and coaches allows them to experience complex decision making as well as long-term strategic planning.

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