Rowing Canada Aviron is committed to excellence - whether a coach is coaching athletes rowing for the first time, or competing for Canada at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Through Coach Education, RCA provides coaches with the right knowledge for skill development to help every rower strive for excellence. 

For more information on coaching, please email Colleen Miller or


To access the RCA Coach Education Database, please click here.

For information on how to become a rowing coach in Canada, please click here.
For information on RCA's Coach Education Pathways, please click here.
To access a variety of coaching resources from RCA and the Coaching Association of Canada, please click here.

RCA High Performance Coach Mentorship Program

RCA is pleased to announce the launch of the RCA High Performance Coach Mentorship Program.

The Coach Mentorship Program is an initiative spearheaded by veteran coach Al Morrow, to support up-and-coming Canadian coaches with opportunities to improve their skills, knowledge and experience both on and off the water. This annual professional development program is intended for aspiring High Performance coaches.

Detailed description of the program and application process can be found here. Applications for 2017 are closed.

The successful applicants for the 2017 Program are:

Dan Bechard, Western University/UWO Rowing Club (London, ON)
Tracy Brown, Mic Mac AAC Rowing Club (Dartmouth, NS)
Simon Bouchard-Robert, Aviron Québec (Sherbooke, QC)
Michele Fisher, St. Catharines Rowing Club (St. Catharines, ON)
Sheryl Preston, Ridley College (St. Catharines, ON)
Greg Szybka, St. George's School (Vancouver, B.C.)
Barney Williams, Rowing Canada Aviron (Victoria, B.C.)

Two applicants also received special grants to support their continued training in Coach Education Program: Nadine Mross, Fort Langley Youth Rowing Society (Fort Langley, B.C.) and Meredith Petrychanko, St. Catharines Rowing Club (St. Catharines, ON).

For the full announcement, please click here.

For more information, please contact Al Morrow, coordinator of coach mentoring and development.

2018 RCA Coach Certification and Coach Developer Grants

For the past nine years, Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA), with support from Sport Canada, has been assisting clubs in building awareness and increasing grassroots participation among youth in rowing. Since the program’s inception, RCA has distributed over $300,000 in funds to more than 46 clubs across Canada to assist with youth program and coach development.  

Once again, RCA is focusing this year's grant program on coaching education and development with an emphasis on increasing the number of NCCP Certified Coaches and Coach Developers (facilitators and evaluators) engaged in developing our young Canadian rowers as they progress along the athlete pathway.
Deadline to submit a completed application form to RCA: December 15, 2017.

In 2018, RCA will provide:

Grants up to a maximum of $2,500.00 in funding to RCA Member Organizations (PRAs, Clubs and Special Associations) towards Coach Certification (NCCP) and Development initiatives that enhance the development of our Canadian coaches across Canada.

Review and award of applications will be completed and announced at the RCA National Conference on January 27, 2018.

To apply, please click here.

The following 15 Provincial Rowing Associations and clubs received grants for 2017:

Rowing BC // Row Nova Scotia // Peterborough Rowing Club // Kenora Rowing Club // Kennebecasis Rowing Club // Thunder Bay Rowing Club // Calgary Rowing Club // Fredericton Rowing Club // Victoria City Rowing Club // Saskatchewan Rowing Association // Manitoba Rowing Association // Greater Victoria Youth Rowing Society // Leander Boat Club // Brentwood College // Aviron Quebec

Jack Nicholson Coaching Bursary

The Jack Nicholson Coaching Bursary has been created at the request of Jack Nicholson and his family, to support the development of coaches in Canada.

Jack did so much for this great sport that his loss will be felt across the Canadian rowing community. Jack's stamina and passion for coaching was unmatched. Even in his final days he was giving direction for this fund to support rowing coaches today and into the future. 

Funds received by the Jack Nicholson Coaching Bursary will be managed by Rowing Canada Aviron and distributed back into the rowing community in consultation with Jack's family. 

To make your donation to the Jack Nicholson Coaching Bursary, please click here. Thank you for your generous contribution in honour of one of Canada's longest-serving rowing coaches.