Ask any athlete, parent, or volunteer—coaches are vital to athlete and club development and to the sport of rowing as a whole. Coaches are asked to guide and develop their athletes, motivate and encourage them while ensuring their safety. Coaches are often asked to act as a confidant and sometimes even as a referee.

As part of ROWONTARIO’s ongoing commitment to helping our coaches be the best they can be, we offer a number of different courses that allow coaches to increase their knowledge base and skill set. From developing skills to help navigate ethical situations, tips for analyzing athlete performance to providing tips for planning practices and maintaining a safe environment, our courses help coaches expand their knowledge and skill set.

Our current offerings include both National Certified Coaching Program (NCCP) recognized courses and non-NCCP courses designed to meet the specific needs of our rowing coaches.

In the following pages you will find information about each of the courses, including descriptions, and key learning takeaways from each.

Once you complete a course and fulfill any further requirements for certification as outlined below, we encourage you to practice lifelong learning! Information and knowledge is always evolving, so to ensure that coaches remain on the forefront of new information, the Coaching Association of Canada requires that instructors must participate in professional development within five years to maintain certification. These could include, but is not limited to, workshops relating to fitness, health, safety, and rowing technique. ROWONTARIO is working closely with the Coaching Association of Canada and Rowing Canada Aviron to determine details about professional development opportunities. We will continue to update our member clubs, coaches, and other interested parties as more information becomes available.

Should you have any further questions about which course you should take or would like further information on our clinic offerings, please do not hesitate to contact us!

ROWONTARIO
416-759-8405

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The RCA Learn to Row Instructor Workshop is a NCCP recognized 13-hour workshop that is ideal for instructors teaching Learn to Row camps or lessons. The workshop is designed to align with the Learn to Train stage of the R“CA Long Term Athlete Development/Canadian Sport for Life model”:http://rowingcanada.org/try-rowing/canadian-sport-life. As such, this workshop does not contain information explicitly regarding coaching crews/athletes for competition.

After completing the workshop, the instructor is designated as trained in the NCCP database. In order to receive certification, evaluation must take place via a successful practical evaluation and the completion of Make Ethical Decisions evaluation.

Instructors must participate in professional development within five years to maintain certification. This could include but is not limited to workshops relating to fitness, health, safety, rowing technique or in some cases, RCA or a provincial rowing association may make a workshop mandatory.

To register for an upcoming Learn to Row Instructor Workshop, please click here.

NCCP # Coaching Number
The National Coaching Certification Program is run by Coaching Association of Canada. Both the RCA Coach and Learn to Row Instructor are recognized NCCP courses. To track your progress in NCCP coach training all coaches are assigned a NCCP #.

When do you get your NCCP #?

Check first if you already have a NCCP #. If you didn’t register for your own NCCP # before your first course organized by ROWONTARIO then ROWONTARIO will have registered for one for you. You can find your log in information here

If you are not already registered, you can obtain your own NCCP number at any time. Complete the sign up form here

How do I login to your NCCP #?
You can log in to your profile here.

What if my profile is incorrect or missing something?
Please contact Kristen Rogalsky in our office who will correct the profile. Please note these corrections can take some time for all levels (RO, RCA and CAC) to approve the correction.

In order to become a certified RCA Coach, there are two workshop weekends that must be taken, online completion of Making Ethical Decisions module, completion of an assignment and a practical evaluation.

RCA Coach Weekend 1

The 16-hour long RCA Coach Weekend #1 clinic is a recognized coach education course in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP); completion of the course is the first step in becoming a certified RCA Coach.

This course is for coaches who are actively coaching competitive rowers and specifically prepares coaches who are taking athletes in the Training to Train and Learning to Compete stages of the LTAD to regattas.

Topics covered in RCA Coach Weekend #1 include:

Ethical Decisions

Long Term Athlete Development
• Learn how to utilize the LTAD model to guide in planning training, competitive, and recovery programs to allow athletes to achieve optimal performances and remain active for life
Analyzing Performance
• Movement patterns in sweep and sculling technique in Canada
• RCA model rowing stroke

Rigging

Designing a Sport Program
• Aerobic training categories, VO2 max, anaerobic threshold, categories of intensity, training phases, cross-training are covered

Movement Screen
• Learn to conduct a basic movement screen that will help determine the appropriate starting level of athletes

Planning a Practice
• Develop an emergency action plan appropriate to your facility
• Learning to recognize hazards, anticipate and manage risks
• Structure of a practice plan
• Skill acquisition and physical abilities

Delivering a Practice
• How to maximize learning
• Key elements in the teaching process
• Intervention and feedback for athletes

Supporting the Competitive Experience
•Rules of racing
•Competition review of the LTAD

Who should take this course?
• Instructors who are actively coaching competitive athletes/crews

Do I need any pre-requisites before taking this course?
• No! This is the first step in becoming a NCCP recognized RCA Coach, and as such does not require any pre-requisites.

Do I get recognized for completing this course?
• You will be designated as “in training” in the NCCP database

What are the next steps after taking this course?
• If you haven’t already done so, complete the Coaches Association of Canada’s Make Ethic Decisions online evaluation by logging in to the NCCP’s Locker Database
•After you’ve had a chance to practice course teachings (approximately 6 months), register for RCA Coach Weekend #2 by either going online. or contacting the Member Services Manager (416-759-8405)

RCA Coach Weekend 2

The 16-hour long RCA Coach Weekend #2 clinic is a recognized coach education course in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP); completion of the course is the second step in becoming a certified RCA Coach.

This course is for coaches who have completed RCA Coach Weekend #1 and are actively coaching competitive rowers. RCA Coach Weekend #2 offers more in-depth training on topics covered in RCA Coach Weekend #1, covers additional advanced topics, and allows coaches to reflect on their practical coaching (using the assignment from Weekend #1 as a resource for this dialogue).

Topics covered in RCA Coach Weekend #2 include:

Analyzing Performance
• Technique and Drills
• Equipment
• Testing and Monitoring

Supporting the Athlete in Training
• Intervention and feedback
• Planning guidelines

Designing a Sport Program
• Movement screen
• Strength testing

Analyzing Race Performance
• Competition selection

Supporting the Competitive Experience
• Coaches role at a regatta

Who should take this course?
• Instructors who are actively coaching competitive athletes/crews

Do I need any pre-requisites before taking this course?
• Yes. Participants must have taken a RCA Coach Weekend #1 course.

Do I get recognized for completing this course?
• You will be designated as “trained” in the NCCP database

What are the next steps after taking this course?
• If you haven’t already done so, complete the Coaches Association of Canada’s Make Ethic Decisions online evaluation by logging in to the NCCP’s Locker Database
• After you’ve had a chance to practice course teachings, request RCA Coach evaluation through ROWONTARIO by contacting the ROWONTARIO Office (416-759-8405)
• You will receive your certification once you have successfully completed the Make Ethic Decisions online evaluation as well as your coaching evaluation.

To register for an upcoming RCA Coach Weekend #2 workshop, please click here.

RCA Coach Evaluation FAQ’s
The Coach, Evaluator, ROWONTARIO and Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) all have roles and responsibilities related to the evaluation. In addition, there are some administrative aspects to the process.

RCA Coach Evaluation Costs
Coach travels with a crew to an RO Training Centre: $175
Evaluator travels to coach: $300 *note far distances may be subject to an additional fee.

For more information regarding responsibilities of the coach, the evaluator, and ROWONTARIO, please download this document.
pdfRCA Coach Evaluation Process

 

ROWONTARIO recognized that while the NCCP recognized courses are important for the development of many coaches, there was still a gap in what our rowing coaches wanted to learn and what was being offered at the time. As such, ROWONTARIO is now able to fill that gap with two non-NCCP courses and ensure that our coaches are able to gain the desired knowledge and skills. There is no evaluation portion of the non-NCCP courses.

ROWONTARIO’s Non-NCCP courses are:

Fitness Rower Instructor
Youth Coach Clinic
Professional Development Webinars

The Youth Rowing Workshop has been designed by ROWONTARIO in consultation with youth rowing experts to provide new coaches with introductory training to work with juniors and high school rowers.

This 1 day hands on session is for someone with rowing experience, new to coaching and working with youth (12-19 years of age) in high school or junior programs. Topics covered will be: Coaching basics, Safety, Intro to technique, Intro to practice planning, coaching youth, intro to competition. This workshop is a great preparatory workshop for coaches who think they would like to take RCA Coach training. Upon completion of this workshop coaches will be better equipped to deliver a practice to youth rowers. Resources and helpful sample practices will be provided to coaches.

Becoming a successful rower is not just about time spent on the water. Exercising on an ergometer (erg) is an important part of athletic training.

This certification course gives coaches background knowledge and tools to safely train athletes on an erg. With a 20-week training program at three different levels of intensity, Fitness Rower certification will allow coaches to confidently train athletes on an erg.

Coaches are expected to participate in professional development on an ongoing basis. Coaches must participate in professional development within five years to maintain certification. This could include but is not limited to workshops relating to fitness, health, safety, rowing technique or in some cases, RCA or a provincial rowing association may make a workshop mandatory.

Info on how to register for courses/workshops (ie log into site)