The Evolution of the Safe Sport Initiative

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) was launched by the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) in June 2016, and introduced to the rowing community at the 2016 Rowing BC AGM. Since then, Rowing BC has been a leader in adopting and promoting safe sport, where all participants can enjoy sport without fear of harassment or maltreatment. Through education for coaches and officials, professional development sessions, and engagement with club administrators, Rowing BC has been working diligently to embed the core values and processes of the RCM in our sport. 

All sports in Canada are now (late 2020) in the process of introducing Safe Sport policies and guidelines, based on a new Universal Code of Conduct (UCCMS). Read the draft of the UCCMS HERE. Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is working to create a National Safe Sport Policy, that will be published as a Safe Sport Manual. It is expected that this manual will be published by the end of March 2021. Rowing BC is working closely with RCA to develop these policies, and looks forward to this journey with RCA to create a better sport world for all.

Criminal Record Checks

Note that as of March 2020 all coaches are required to complete a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screen. This requirement needs to be renewed every 3 years. Clubs will be required to ensure this has been completed for all active coaches. There are four ways to complete a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screen:

  1. Complete it in-person at your local Police or RCMP detachment, then deliver the hardcopy to your rowing organization. This option is Free for volunteers, $ for paid staff.
  2. Complete it online through using a passcode set up by your rowing organization to enable the completed CRC to be sent directly to your rowing organization electronically. Note: If you are the main representative of a rowing organization and need to set up online access, contact for support. This option is Free for volunteers, $ for paid staff.
  3. Complete it online through using a passcode set up by Rowing BC to enable the completed CRC to be sent directly to Rowing BC electronically instead of to your local rowing organization. Email Rowing BC’s Manager of Coach Education, Martin George, for the required passcode. This option is Free.
  4. Utilize CRC services provided by Sterling BackCheck, as endorsed by their partnership with Rowing Canada Aviron. More information available here. This option is $25.

Safe Sport Resources

National Safe Sport Helpline

Are you a victim or witness of harassment, abuse or discrimination in sport? Contact the Canadian Sport Helpline to share your concerns and be referred to the appropriate resources. Open from 8 am to 8 pm (ET) 7 days a week, it is anonymous, confidential, independent and bilingual.

Safe Sport Training Module

The CAC has developed a Safe Sport Training module for all sport organisations. Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. Rowing BC strongly recommends that all member organisations have not only their coaches take this free training module, but their administrators as well. 

Every Coach Certified Initiative

An integral part of implementing Safe Sport standards is RCA’s Every Coach Certified initiative. A reminder to all member organisations and their coaches that all rowing coaches in Canada must have completed the Every Coach Certified requirements by March 31 2021 in order to be able to continue coaching.

Please contact Rowing BC Para Coach and Coach Coordinator, Martin George if you would like any more information.