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Rowing BC has committed to offering innovative professional development opportunities, in addition to offering NCCP Coach Education. This includes offering clinics and workshops or relevant topics, and providing support to coaches who want to learn in an out-of-the-ordinary environment.

Coach Development Workshops

Rowing BC Para Coach and Coach Coordinator, Martin George, designs a series of professional development workshops for coaches each year. These workshops are free of charge and are included as a value-added component of being an active coach in the BC rowing community. Many of these workshops are available for NCCP credit to coaches looking for NCCP points to maintain their certification. A full listing of upcoming Coach Development Workshops can be found in the side-bar to the right, or in the Rowing BC Events Calendar.

If there is a topic you would be interested in having as a Coach Development Workshop that is not yet included, contact Martin George with your suggestion and we will do our best to have it included in the future.

2018 Professional Development Sessions

Coaching Youth for Competition
Date: February 17-18
Location: Fortius Sport and Health, Burnaby
Faciltators: Rob Richards, Martin George and Sonja Lonne

Targeting Zone coaches for the BC Summer Games, (working in the Train to Train and early Learn to Compete stages of LTAD), this two day workshop will provide sessions on all areas of preparing young athletes for a multi-sport Games. As most coaches and athletes will be attending their first multi-sport Games, sessions give detail on topics such as: Overview of a multi-sport environment, Recruitment and Communication, Technique, Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes, Rigging, Yearly Training Plan, Lower Back Health, and Selection.  Keynote speaker, Olympian Lauren Wilkinson, will open a discussion around the effect coaches can have on their athletes.

Registration is now closed.

Para Rowing Coach Education Session
Date: May 19
Location: Gorge Narrows Rowing Club, Victoria
Facilitator: Martin George

This hands-on workshop is designed to give coaches a good understanding of how to introduce persons with a disability to the sport of rowing. There is, in fact, not a great difference between teaching rowing for able-bodied participants, and those participants with a disability. This workshop will focus on the areas where these differences occur, such as transfers, rigging, and basic ways to classify athletes.

Registration is now closed.

Para Rowing Coach Education Session
Date: May 20
Location: Vancouver Rowing Club, Vancouver
Facilitator: Martin George

This hands-on workshop is designed to give coaches a good understanding of how to introduce persons with a disability to the sport of rowing. There is, in fact, not a great difference between teaching rowing for able-bodied participants, and those participants with a disability. This workshop will focus on the areas where these differences occur, such as transfers, and rigging.

Registration is now closed.basic ways to classify athletes.

Regatta Master Training
Date: May 28th
Location: Online
Facilitator: Steve Jensen

The first of a two-part series, Rowing BC is pleased to offer this great opportunity for Regatta Hosts and Administrators.

Rowing BC is offering this training at no cost (yes it’s FREE) as a service to our valued Regatta Host volunteers. 

This Pro-D session is targeted at Coaches, Administrators and Regatta Hosts who are interested in using Regatta Master and would like additional hands-on training before trying to use it in real-time for an event. This training will run in two parts with a mini homework/experience assignment in between. It is intended to provide structured practice in real-life regatta scenarios. Your specific questions and concerns are very much welcome and invited. The training content is for you!

Coaches who are involved in regatta hosting are also encouraged to attend, and will receive NCCP Pro-D points for their participation.

Registration is now closed.

Regatta Master Training
Date: June 25
Location: Online
Facilitator: Steve Jensen

The second of a two-part series for Regatta Master Training.

Rowing BC is offering this training at no cost (yes it’s FREE) as a service to our valued Regatta Host volunteers. 

This Pro-D session is targeted at Coaches, Administrators and Regatta Hosts who are interested in using Regatta Master and would like additional hands-on training before trying to use it in real-time for an event. This training will run in two parts with a mini homework/experience assignment in between. It is intended to provide structured practice in real-life regatta scenarios. Your specific questions and concerns are very much welcome and invited. The training content is for you!

Coaches who are involved in regatta hosting are also encouraged to attend, and will receive NCCP Pro-D points for their participation. 

Registration is now closed.

Coach Boat Driving Safety
Date: July 12
Location: Victoria City Rowing Club
Facilitators: Dave Calder and Martin George

This workshop is ideal for new coaches and volunteers alike, and will take participants through all facets of basic engine operation and safe coach boat handling.

Topics covered will include starting and tilting the motor, use of kill switch, Transport Canada safety standards, steering, backing, wake management and simple rescue techniques.

This will be hands-on for the whole session, to maximise experience and learning. Participants should dress accordingly.

Registration is now closed.

Rowing BC Conference
Date: Nov 17-18
Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Burnaby

This two-day conference will incorporate topics applicable to coaches, administrators, umpires, parents and athletes alike. This year’s conference will address themes like:

  • building and maintaining healthy organizations
  • building and maintaining healthy programs
  • building and maintaining healthy events

Full conference information and registration available here.

Trailer Driving 201
Date: Dec 9
Location: UBC Boathouse, Richmond
Facilitator: Mike Pearce

Building off last year’s successful introduction to trailer driving, this will be the hands-on version.

Following a review of the basics, you will be guided through manoeuvers such as backing , cornering and planning ahead in traffic.

An invaluable session for coaches to be able to support their clubs and ensure valuable club equipment is in safe hands!

Participants should dress warmly for this one.

Registration available here.

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