Are you interested in training as a rowing coach?

Rowing P.E.I. is looking for rowers interested in taking the RCA Coach training.  It is open to all ages.  If there is enough interest, we will offer the course here on P.E.I., either in March or April.  Please email Stephen Murray at or for more information or to register.



Anyone with experience rowing at the high school, club, or university level with basic rowing technical knowledge and who wants to coach rowers in their first year or two of competition.


Delivered over two weekends, the RCA Coach workshops provide an exceptional foundation for your coaching career and introduces new coaching methods that will enhance your program€™s effectiveness.

There is a lot to learn — therefore this workshop offers you a mix of classroom and hands on experiences delivered over two weekends.

Chuck McDiarmid coaching in the field

  • Developing a strong understanding of LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) and how this applies to the novice competitive rower;
  • Introduction to RCA rowing technique and how to teach it;
  • Developing an effective practice plan;
  • How to rig;
  • Administering the movement screen;
  • Introducing basic concepts of training program and design;
  • Safety;
  • Race planning;
  • €œMake Ethical Decisions€,€“ a must-have skill for every coach and an NCCP requirement for all sports.

A unique aspect of this workshop is the movement screen process that focuses on eight movement tests for athlete assessment. This process allows the coach to ensure that sport activities are based on the new rowers€™ strengths and weaknesses, enhancing their ability to improve and avoid injury. This engaging and interactive element of the workshop is a fantastic learning exercise for any coach, and is applicable to many other sports.

After six months of coaching, you may participate in the second weekend of this workshop. Between sessions, you will work on a practical assignment that will encourage you to apply skills learned during the first weekend within your rowing program.

  • Teaching RCA technique using drills and effective use of feedback;
  • Planning a training program using RCA Categories of Intensity;
  • Analysis of various program elements: equipment, testing, and technique;
  • Connecting the movement screen to developing an effective program for the rower;
  • Developing strength in rowers and how to teach and monitor the rower in the weight room;
  • Race strategy and the role of the coach at a regatta;
  • Practical analysis of the coach’€™s program using the completed assignment to ensure €œreal life€ application.


The rowers that you would coach are in the Train to Train or early Learn to Compete stages of LTAD. They have taken a Learn to Row course and still require considerable emphasis on developing good technique. Rowing programs could include;€“ high school, university, club, or masters. Sport backgrounds will vary but these rowers are novices and are just beginning to compete.

Exciting news for 2016!

Some exciting news for the 2016 rowing season!

Including Rowing PEI’s first sanctioned regatta featuring flat water and coastal rowing!
But first….here are a few upcoming events.

1. Here are a couple of easy ways you can support our Canada Games training team!
a. TOMORROW!!! Here’s a tasty way to support the Canada Games Rowing Training Team! Come out to Boston Pizza on Wednesday February 10th between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Our rowers will be there to greet and help serve you. They will collect all tips and a percentage of the sales. Please SHARE! This is a great way to support their efforts.
b. You can also help the PEI Canada Games Training team by dropping off your bottles and cans for recyling to Aubrey’s, 29 Garfield Street! They’re open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Just say that you want to donate your refund. You have to go into the office to sign our donation sheet. Thanks.
c. Ergathon continues. We will have a wrap up event of indoor rowing that everyone can be part of. Stay tuned for details.

2. Training in 2016- Stephen Murray has taken on the role of Sport Development coordinator and is ready to help any members interested in training, including upcoming sessions for LTR and RCA coaches, and for new safety boat drivers.
If anyone is interested in starting to train as an umpire, Stephen needs to know by the end of this week, Friday February 12th. Course will be in New Brunswick.
March 18-20 RCA Technical Coach Weekend #1 Dartmouth
April 9-10 LTR Facilitator Course Charlottetown
May 2nd Rowing PEI Advanced Boat Rescue CARI pool – Charlottetown
Contact Stephen at if you are interested.
More dates and info coming soon to the Rowing PEI website.

3. Some important dates coming up!

Annual General Meeting – Sport P.E.I. House of Sport
Saturday March 12th 11 :00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
40 Enman Crescent
*lunch at Boston Pizza – all welcome

L2 Refresher session *date to be confirmed
Saturday April 16th 10:00 a.m. – noon
Sport P.E.I. House of Sport
40 Enman Crescent OR Holland College gym

Registration for 2016 Season
Saturday April 23rd 10 :00 a.m. – 2 :00 p.m.
Sport P.E.I. House of Sport
40 Enman Crescent

Learn to Row sessions Saturday May 28th and Tuesday May 31st
Saturday May 28th 12 :30-3 :30 p.m.
Tuesday May 31st 5 :00-8 :00 p.m.
Learn To Row Dryland Sessions

4. Red Island Regatta – P.E.I. Rowing Championship:
Rowing P.E.I. is excited to announce that we are planning our first ever Red Island Regatta – P.E.I. Rowing Championship for Saturday August 27, 2016. What’s even more exciting is that we are going to offer a hybrid regatta – flat water racing in the morning with a coastal competition in the afternoon.

Exciting news! P.E.I. is hosting a regatta – and – it’s going to be unique

Rowing season is now just months away!
As always, drop us an email if you have questions or comments.

Nancy – Rowing P.E.I.