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National Rowing Coaching Accreditation Scheme

Rowing Australia (RA) has four coaching levels –  Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.  Please click here for a list of all accredited rowing coaches as at 21/09/23, along with their expiry date.  This list will be updated monthly.

Coaching accreditation lasts for four years, after which coaches need to reaccredit.  You will need to list how you have earned the required number of points in both Practical Coaching and Personal Development over the last four years.  For example: Coached MU19 4x at Nationals, Lake Barrington 2021 for Queens RC = 10 points, Gained Red Cross Senior First Aid, Melbourne, January 2022 = 10 points. Both of the below forms need to be completed and returned to Ron Batt: [email protected].

Accredited coaches can update their contact details by logging onto the Rowing Australia Coaching Portal. 

Level 1:
The Level 1 course is delivered online and the cost is $180. The link to the course is here

Level 2:
Once you have been a Level 1 rowing coach for at least 12 months, or you have an exemption confirmed by the Participation and Education team, you can apply to complete the Level 2 Coaching Accreditation.

The Level 2 Coaching Accreditation incorporates 2 components:
a) Completion of online course consisting of 4 Modules.
b) Completion of one-day workshop in your State or Territory.

Upon completion of the online course, you will receive an email confirmation which you will need to forward to your State Rowing Association to reserve a place in their next available one-day workshop. The workshop will cover Rigging and Rowing Technique and includes assessment.  The total cost of the course is $350.  The link to the course is here.   

Level 3:
The next course is likely to be in November 2024. Please contact [email protected] to register your interest. 

Any unaccredited coach wishing to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will need to follow the steps specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure document.  The cost is $66 for Level 1 and $154 for Level 2.

Rowing Australia also offers an online Riggers coaching accreditation course.  This is an introduction to coaching indoor rowing using rowing ergometers. It is for anyone who wishes to deliver Rowing Australia’s Sporting Schools program called Riggers, including coaches, teachers and students over the age of 16 years.  The cost of the Riggers course is $100 and the link is here.   

The prerequisites for each level coaching level are below.  These have been set to ensure that the most appropriate and informative rowing specific program is delivered. Please note you must be a currently accredited coach (i.e. not expired) before you can apply to accredit at a higher level. 

Accreditation level Prerequisite
  • At least 16 years of age
Level 1
  • At least 16 years of age
Level 2
  • Level 1 completed
  • 1 year of coaching experience as a Level 1 coach
Level 3
  • Level 2 completed
  • 1 year of coaching experience as a Level 2 Coach
Level 4
  • Level 3 completed
  • At least 1 year of coaching experience as a Level 3 Coach
NB: It is recommended that all coaches undertake a first aid certificate

Ron Batt
Participation and Education Manager
Rowing Australia
0410 583 474
[email protected]