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You want to be a coach? Every rower deserves a coach who is a role model of safety and self-improvement. Move through these steps to create your own coaching path. If you are already coaching, look for the next steps on your coaching journey.

 

Connect with a club: Reach out to a club near you and let them know that you are interested. Arranging to ride along with an established coach can give you an idea of how you will fit in with the club and its programs.

You can find clubs in British Columbia HERE.

Before you get in a coach boat to coach a session, there are steps to take to become certified to coach. Rowing Canada Aviron has established baseline training as part of the Every Coach Certified initiative that every coach must complete before coaching.

  • Locker account: Much of your education and training as a coach will be tied to your Locker through the Coaching Association of Canada. The website coach.ca will be where you register for courses and where your certifications are recorded. Create an account and make note of your NCCP number.
  • Coach Initiation in Sport Module: This is a multisport module available through the Locker and can be found by clicking on the eLearning tab near the top of the page. It is required of coaches who have not participated in coach education before. The cost for this module is $15 and it takes approximately one hour to complete.
  • Rowing Essentials module: This module is found through the Locker and can be found by clicking on the eLearning tab near the top of the page. On the left-hand side of the page, choose Rowing. The cost for this module is $20 and it takes approximately one hour to complete.
  • Making Ethical Decisions module: This is a multisport module available through the Locker. The training can be done through an online workshop or by home study. The MED module has an online evaluation component that is separate from the training module. Note that coaches may directly take the online evaluation without doing the training module, however this option limits you to two attempts to pass. If you take the training there are unlimited attempts. The cost for this module varies based on the method of delivery. There is also a possibility of arranging a group session to decrease cost.
  • Criminal Record Check: Check with the club you will coach with for their policy for obtaining criminal record checks.

Contact Lisa Tschannen, Rowing BC’s Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion if you have questions. More information about RCA’s Every Coach Certified initiative can be found HERE.

Now that you are coaching, it is important that you be aware of how to make all rowing spaces safe for yourself and everyone else involved. 

  • The Safe Sport module is found through the Locker and can be found by clicking on the eLearning tab near the top of the page. On the left-hand side of the page, choose Multisport. You will be asked to tick boxes describing your role in order to assign you to the appropriate version of the module. This module is FREE and takes around an hour.
  • More information about Safe Sport can be found HERE.

Developing your coaching skills and portfolio: Once you have gotten started with your coaching, it is important to take advantage of opportunities to progress. What that looks like will depend on your interests and the population of athletes that you coach.

  • If you are coaching club athletes: These athletes are probably in the Train-to-train and Learn-to-Compete levels of the Long Term Athlete Development Plan. RCA Coach Workshops for training and certification are the best starting point for you. In this workshop you will learn about and discuss: Safety, Long Term Athlete Development, Training plans, Movement screening, Skills Analysis, Practice planning, Supporting competition experiences, and Rigging.
  • If you are coaching new rowers: These athletes are probably in the Learn-to-Train level of the Long Term Athlete Development Plan. An RCA Learn to Row Coach Workshop is the best place for you to look for education. In this workshop you will learn about and discuss: Safety, Long Term Athlete Development, Lesson planning, Skills analysis, Teaching and Learning, Rigging, and Modifying LTR lessons to meet the needs of your club and the participants.
  • If you are coaching performance athletes: These athletes are in the Learn-to-Compete and Train-to-Compete level of the Long Term Athlete Development Plan. After you have been coaching at these developmental levels for at least three years, and have completed other coaching certifications through the NCCP, this workshop is available at the Rowing Canada Aviron Conference each year. Find more information HERE.

If you have questions, reach out to Lisa Tschannen, Rowing BC’s Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion.

Coaching certifications through the NCCP have requirements to maintain the certification status. Check your Locker account to determine your Professional Development Points. Points can be earned through NCCP workshops and courses, active coaching, and some non-NCCP courses and events.

  • NCCP – Sign in to your Locker account. Look under “E-Learning” and on the “Calendar” for subjects that are relevant for you. Many “Multi-Sport” courses are free or inexpensive.
  • Active Coaching – From your Locker, look at your “Profile” and from there, choose “Self-Report”. You can record years of Active Coaching, as well as any self-reported coach development activities.
  • non-NCCP – Many coach development activities can earn points. If an event or course is asking for your NCCP, make sure to include it so that the available points end up in your Locker account.

Workshops and Courses are great, but spending time with an experienced coach can be even better. The following coaches have agreed to be available as a mentor to developing coaches and have identified their areas of focus:

  • Martin George (Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boat Club)
    • Para rowing
    • Safe Sport
    • Small clubs
  • Mike Pearce (University of British Columbia Men’s Coach)
    • Competitive coaches
  • Craig Pond (University of British Columbia Women’s Coach)
  • Aalbert Van Schothorst (University of Victoria Men’s Coach)
    • Coaching
    • Leadership
    • Program management
    • Board governance
  • Susanne Walker-Curry (St. Michaels University School Rowing)
    • U19 rowing
  • John Wetzstein (Rowing Canada Aviron)
    • Para rowing
    • Performance
  • Jill Würflinger (NCCP Level 4 Coach)
    • High Performance para rowing pathway and para support
    • High Performance Junior Pathway
  • Terry Paul (Rowing BC Director of Performance)
    • Performance
    • Development

To be connected with a mentor, or to be added to the mentor list, please contact Rowing BC’s Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion, Lisa Tschannen (lisa.tschannen@rowingbc.ca).

Once you have completed a Coach Workshop, please move forward to becoming certified. This is FREE if you do it within a year of the workshop.

The following people are Coach Evaluators for LTR Coach certification in British Columbia:

  • Sonja Lonne (Rowing BC)
  • Martin George (Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boat Club)
  • Drew Harrison (Claremont Sport Institute Rowing Academy and Victoria City Rowing Club)
  • Aalbert Van Schothorst (University of Victoria)

The following people are Coach Evaluators for RCA Coach certification in British Columbia:

  • Martin George (Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boat Club)
  • Jill Wurflinger (Inlet Rowing Club)
  • John Wetzstein (Rowing Canada Aviron)
  • Susanne Walker-Curry (St Michaels University School)

These experienced coaches will guide you through the process and you will both learn and have fun! When you are ready for evaluation, please contact Rowing BC’s Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion, Lisa Tschannen (lisa.tschannen@rowingbc.ca).

Resources for you to make your coaching better and for sharing. If you would like to see something specific here, let Rowing BC’s Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion, Lisa Tschannen know.

Guest Coaching

Guest Coaching is an avenue through which rowing organizations can access additional coaching resources for one-off or repeating events. This is an opportunity to bring in a coach to the training environment who has different skill sets or experience than the regular coaches, or to temporarily fill a coaching gap that exists in the organization. In most instances, the guest coach will be visiting from their regular coaching duties at another organization, but in some cases may be able to expand into taking on additional responsibilities beyond the arranged guest coaching sessions.

If you are interested in being a guest coach, or you represent an organization that would like to bring in a guest coach, please reach out to Rowing BC’s Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion, Lisa Tschannen (lisa.tschannen@rowingbc.ca) to discuss options.

BC Summer Games

This event is an opportunity for junior rowers to compete in a multi-sport games. It is also a good opportunity for coaches to develop new skills and network. Go HERE to learn more about coaching at the BC Summer Games.

Inclusivity is one of Rowing BC’s four foundational values. Underpinning Rowing BC’s Mission that  “All British Columbians are able to discover, pursue and enjoy the sport of rowing” is the belief that female coaches are essential to a vibrant and effective sport system, and that they are particularly important as visible role models for girls and young women.

Rowing BC is committed to bringing change to the current state that only 25% of coaches in Canada are female.

Relevant Resources:

For more information about Women in Coaching and related opportunities, please contact the Rowing BC Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion, Lisa Tschannen (lisa.tschannen@rowingbc.ca).

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