Becoming an accredited rowing coach is an important step in ensuring that your Club or School is providing a quality service to its rowing participants, and is required in order for your coaches to be published in the program alongside their athletes. The National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) is Australia’s system of training and accrediting coaches in all sports, including rowing. All coaching accreditations are completed via Rowing Australia, with four levels of accreditation available, and all expiring four years from the date of accreditation. Provided below is an overview of the coaching levels and the course aims under the NCAS.

Level   Aim


Learn to Row Coach

The Learn to Row Coach is aimed at the novice coach. It is anticipated the Learn to Row coach will have minimal background in rowing and will coach predominantly up to junior high school level or those in their first season of rowing. Examples of this type of coach are teachers and parents with non-rowing backgrounds and current rowing club members helping at the grassroots level. This program trains coaches who will coach beginners of all ages, teaching fundamentals and introducing non-rowers to the sport. These coaches will be provided with the compliance training, interpersonal skills and low level technical development skills to deal with the groups they train.


Club/School Coach

The Club/ School Coach is aimed at senior school and club coaches. This program trains coaches who already have some experience in the sport and aims to provide the coach with the knowledge and skills to develop athletes to their potential. They will have enough knowledge to develop an annual program, rig boats appropriately and develop younger athletes. Club/School coaches will provide coaching to the majority of athletes and will be required to tutor rowers of all ages and physical capacities. These coaches will have a basic sports science knowledge.


Performance Coach

The Performance Coach is aimed at coaches intending to work with State Level teams, Junior National teams and School Head Coaches. This program aims to develop the coach’s concepts of applied sports science, program management skills, and the ability to develop less experienced coaches within their network. These coaches also have potential to develop workshops and information sessions which are important for coach development of all levels.


High Performance Coach

The High Performance Coach is an advanced accreditation level. It is aimed at ‘professional’ head coaches working within high performance clubs and National Training Centre networks who are dealing with elite athletes. The High Performance Coach aims to train the coach to apply their coaching skills in a holistic manner, and work with a team of sports science experts to assist the athlete to achieve excellence. The High Performance Coach will focus on the role of the coach as a program manager, and will rely on expert coaches practising in the field to mentor High Performance Coach candidates.

Those looking at obtaining their Level 2 accreditation will be required to complete a one-day workshop with Rowing Victoria, covering Rigging and Rowing Technique. Rowing Victoria will endeavour to provide these workshops at regular intervals, depending on staff availability. Once you have completed the Level 2 online component, please contact State Development & Pathway Coordinator, Delwyn (, and she will add you to the waitlist for any upcoming workshops.

Coaching accreditations are updated on Rowing Manager on a monthly basis. If you find that your accreditation details on Rowing Manager are incorrect, please contact

All coaching requirements and information, including links to complete your coaching course, can be accessed via the link below.