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Upcoming Coaching Courses

Learn to Row Coach WorkshopOakwood HouseSpring 2018 TBDRegistration Not Open
RCA Coach Weekend 1 WorkshopOakwood HouseMarch 2018 TBDRegistration Not Open
RCA Coach Weekend 2 WorkshopOakwood HouseNovember 2018 TBDRegistration Not Open
RCA Performance Coach WorkshopToronto, ONJanuary 25-27, 2018Email to register
Podium Performance - Athlete WellnessWebinarDecember 07, 2017Register Here
Visit the Coaching Nova Scotia website to see when the next multi-sport modules are available

Coaching Information

Rowing Canada Aviron’s (RCA) coaching development system provides professional training, evaluation and development opportunities to coaches working with athletes at various stages guided by the Rowing Canada Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan. Each year, RCA also offer’s its annual conference to further coaching education opportunities. The next conference is January 26-28, 2017 in Vancouver, B.C..

In addition to coaching educational opportunities, RCA offers excellent resources for coaches, including the CAN ROW Handbook (available in print form) and an extensive look at the Canadian rowing technique in pdf format to download.   Please see the “resources” section for these documents and other information.


Coaching Model

One of the components of RCA’s coaching education and development is the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) which is delivered in partnership with RCA, Provincial Rowing Associations(PRA), the Coaching Association of Canada and the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Associations.RCA aims to increase the number of qualified rowing coaches in Canada, supporting their development as coaches – increasing their technical knowledge, skills and abilities, using the NCCP and other opportunities for coach development. While some learning will take place in a workshop setting, other valuable learning will take place working with other rowing coaches, sport scientists and/or coaches from other sports. Rowing Canada Aviron offers an annual coaches conference each January that provides NCCP workshops as well as other workshops that will help coaches in their development.

National Coaching Certification Program

The National Coaching Certification Program (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. The NCCP is the recognized national standard for coach training and certification in Canada. Within each of the NCCP contexts, workshops are designed to address the developmental needs of the athletes. As part of the program, all coaches are trained in ethical decision‐making and sport safety.

The NCCP is the recognized program for coaching qualifications in Canada.

The National Coaching Certification Program was established in 1974 and is a collaborative program of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, national, provincial, territorial sport organizations, and the Coaching Association of Canada. Each year, more than 50,000 coaches take an NCCP workshop and since it began, more than 1 million coaches have participated in the program, making it one of Canada’s largest adult education programs.

Coach Development

The emphasis of the NCCP is on developing competent coaches – an exciting step towards helping them to become more effective and have a more meaningful impact on an athlete’s experience. For more information about the NCCP see the CAC site. Download RCA’s Coach Development Model (pdf) or visit for more information.

The NCCP is a competency-based system where coaches must demonstrate competency in order to obtain certification.   Workshops are designed to assist coaches obtain the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes needed to be a successful and competent coach. Below is a chart  that outlines the various contexts within the NCCP and Rowing Canada’s program.

RCA Certification Contexts and related NCCP

The RCA certification contexts and related NCCP names are: