The RCA Learn To Row Coach Workshop will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to run a safe and quality program that introduces beginners of all ages to the sport.

It is a two day workshop typically offered over one weekend.

Not only does this workshop provide you with lesson plans to use or adapt for your own program, but it also introduces drills, and how to set up equipment, to ensure a safe, fun, comfortable, and injury-free, rowing experience.

Who Should Take This Workshop?

Anyone with experience rowing at the high school, club, or university level with basic rowing technical knowledge and who wants to instruct new rowers.

Who Would You Coach?

You would coach individuals with no previous rowing experience who are in the Learn to Train stage of LTAD. Athlete ages could range from 10 years of age and upwards, depending on the type of program. Programs could be for youth, kids camps, university students, persons with a disability, and/or adults taking a Learn to Row course.

Pre Workshop Modules

RCA has introduced the Every Coach Certified initiative, which includes 3 prerequisite modules for NCCP workshops. These modules (if not previously taken) must be completed prior to coaches attending an RCA Learn to Row Coach or RCA Coach Workshop.

These modules are: Coach Initiation in Sport, Rowing Essentials and 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, which leads to the e-learning section. Select the Multi-Sport option to find Making Ethical Decisions and Coach Initiation in Sport. Select the Rowing option to find Rowing Essentials.

Coaches who have previous NCCP training may not need all modules. Click here to confirm which modules you need to complete.

In-person Workshop Content

  • Rowing Canada & the NCCP
  • Technique – The Rowing Stroke
  • Safety, Risk Management and the Emergency Action Plan
  • Plan a Learn to Row Lesson
  • Teach a LTR Lesson
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Para Rowing
  • Modifying the LTR Program for My Clubs Needs
  • Coach Boat Driving Skills
  • Introductory Rigging

Following the completion of the pre-workshop modules and this workshop you will be designated as a Trained Learn to Row Coach and Trained Para Coach.

Rowing BC strongly encourages that all coaches proceed to Certification. The assessment process is primarily a mentorship opportunity, and greatly strengthens coaches’ ability and knowledge. There is no fee for the assessment process.

Clubs wishing to facilitate their own LTR Coach workshop should contact Martin George at