UK Coaching Certificate Level 2 course

The next course will take place in February/March 2008 - provisional dates below. This course is now full - contact Phil Simmons at the ARA for details of other courses

The UKCC Level 2 course replaces the ARA Instructors Award. Full details are available from the ARA, but a summary is given below.

About the Award

The Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rowing is the entry level qualification for individuals wanting to coach on the water. (There is no Level 1 Certificate - this course is known as the Level 2 to keep rowing in line with other sports.)

The award is aimed at individuals who have as a minimum some previous experience of rowing. If you are contacted by a candidate who has not rowed before but who wishes to become a coach, please recommend that they attend a beginner's course at their local rowing club, or that they undertake the ARA Dry Instructors award. (However, please note that coaches do not have to complete the Dry Instructors Award prior to attending the Level 2 Course.)

The three coaching behaviours that are examined in the award are

1. Having a concern for standards
2. Being a participant centred coach
3. Looking to develop continually as a coach

These behaviours are underpinned and complemented by knowledge and skills in the areas of coaching practice of

1. Safe and Professional Behaviour
2. Communication
3. Planning and Reviewing
4. Sequential Activity

A Level 2 Certificate Holder is qualified to prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions. The next step would be to train to become a Level 3 coach who is qualified to plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes.

Course materials

To help candidates develop as a coach, they will be provided with a range of supportive learning materials including:

" Learning workbook
" A coaching logbook
" Course pack
" Access to online distance learning materials and support
" ARA DVD Resources

Candidate Eligibility

In order to take the course, Candidates must:

" Be an ARA Member . Non-members can use the Candidate Application Form to apply for membership.
" Minimum age 16 years.
" Have some experience of rowing.

What does the course involve?

There are four parts to the award:

1. Pre award learning
2. Face to Face course
3. (Mentored) Coaching Practice
4. Assessment

Before the start of the face-to-face course, candidates will be asked to complete a brief learning workbook, which sets the scene for the rest of the course by asking them about the individuals that they will be coaching. Spending the time to complete this will help the candidates to get more out of their participation on the course; in order to allow candidates time to do this it will be necessary to ensure that they have booked onto the course well before it begins.

During the face-to-face part of the course, there will be many practical opportunities to practice coaching. Candidates will be assessed on some elements, such as first aid and the capsize drill on the course, but the major part of their assessment will take place on a one-to one basis when they are coaching at their home club.

The whole process of the level 2 award from start to finish will take a minimum of 80 hours to complete, and is modular. The face to face part of the course takes approximately 30 hours .

Structure and provisional dates for next Weybridge-based course (2008)




Wednesday , 20th February

7 - 10 p.m.

Introduction to coaching
Participant welfare

Sunday, 24th February

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Checking and setting up equipment
Capsize drill

Wednesday, 27th February

7 - 10 p.m.

Activity and fitness
Dynamic warm-up
Flexibility and core stability

Sunday, 2nd March

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First aid
Developing skill (practical)

Wednesday, 5th March

7 - 10 p.m.

Risk management and incident reporting
Session planning and goal setting

Sunday, 9th March

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Developing technique (British Rowing Technique theory) Developing technique (practical)
Conclusion - the assessment process

How to apply

Applications should be sent to Caroline Turnbull. The course is limited to 12 applicants.

The cost of the course will be £225 for ARA members or £246 for non-members, which includes non-racing ARA membership. Please make cheques payable to Weybridge Rowing Club.