The NCCP is a coach training and certification program for 67 different sports and is offered in both official languages across Canada. NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first‐time coach to the head coach of a national team.

Rowing BC offers two training streams for coaches within the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The two streams offered by Rowing BC are RCA Learn to Row Coach Workshop, (for coaches working with entry level participants), and RCA Coach Workshops, (for coaches starting to work with competitive athletes).

RCA Learn To Row Coach Workshop

RCA Learn To Row Coach Para Module

RCA Coach Weekend 1 & 2 Workshops

Minimum Coaching Standards

Rowing BC has long been a leader in coach education and development, creating a regular framework of coach education workshops and facilitating various professional development sessions.  Quality coaching in the province directly supports Rowing BC’s Strategic Plan, specifically Strategic Direction #1, to Support a healthy athlete-centred rowing system.  Minimum coaching standards continue the evolution of our coaching framework, and will ensure alignment of the sport of rowing with sport sector standards set out by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) in its National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

Coaching education programs are an essential part of ensuring all participants receive a safe, enjoyable and quality sport experience, no matter what their goals and abilities are.  Accordingly Rowing BC is implementing a 4-year plan starting in 2019 to ensure that, at the following regattas, coaches have appropriate standards of education:

  • The Rowing BC Junior Championships;
  • The RCA National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup;
  • The BC Summer Games; and
  • The Canada Summer Games.

Review the Minimum Coaching Standards HERE.

For more information please contact Rowing BC Coaching Coordinator, Martin George.

Rowing BC champions the Responsible Coaching Movement, as well as Commit to Kids, and recommends that all member organizations implement strategies outlined by these organizations.

Every Coach Certified

In early 2019, RCA released the Every Coach Certified initiative. This is a Safe Sport initiative which contains new requirements for coach education.

All coaches are required to agree to abide by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Code of Ethics available here.

In addition to what has previously been built into the RCA Learn to Row Coach and RCA Coach Workshop modules, there are now three online e-learning modules for all coaches to take via the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) Locker. These modules are:

  • Coach Initiation in Sport
  • RCA Essentials
  • Making Ethical Decisions

To complete these modules, coaches must log in or make a new account in the CAC Locker. Once logged in, there is an e-learning button near the top of the page. This will lead to the e-learning section where coaches can select the sport “Rowing” and find the modules that apply. There is a small fee associated with each module.

In BC, Making Ethical Decisions is NOT required to be completed online. Instead, it has been included in the in-person content of the RCA Learn to Row Coach/Para Coach Weekend Workshop. Follow the buttons above to find the next workshop offering near you.

Note that every rowing coach in Canada will be required to take RCA Essentials some time before March 2021 to be able to coach, as well as have passed the Making Ethical Decisions online module.

If you have any questions on the Every Coach Certified initiative, please contact Rowing BC Coaching Coordinator, Martin George.