RCA “Made in Canada” Coach Development Program

Developing Canadian Coaches for the RCA High Performance Coaching Team  


To ensure sustainable success on the world stage, Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) needs a flourishing pipeline of developing Canadian coaches who want to coach crews who will excel and win medals for Canada.

We are excited to launch this new program for aspiring coaches who envision themselves developing Olympic and Paralympic athletes as part of the RCA High Performance program.

As we move forward – our aim is to develop coaches who are both technically savvy and relationally strong.  We will build on your solid foundation of results and relationships and seek to create learning experiences and a development plan that will deepen your technical skills and knowledge, expand your exposure to the sport – nationally and internationally as well as work to provide you with critical experiences on and off the water.

We want coaches who believe that developing the whole person is critical to long-term success – for themselves and the athletes. Our goal is to support you in your ability to lead, manage, support and sustain a strong, safe and healthy performance training program.

Coaches who meet the criteria and express interest to be an RCA High Performance (HP) Coach, will be supported and prioritized for development and special opportunities that help them to achieve our goals of developing high performance targeted athletes and winning medals for Canada.     

To ensure the coaches engaged in this program are diverse and reflects the communities where rowing exists in Canada, extraordinary investments will be made to support individuals from under-represented populations.  

Who can apply?

  • Coaches that demonstrate consistent & superior results in coaching and growing rowing in Canada
  • At minimum NCCP Performance Coach Trained
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning
  • Desire to be a National Team Coach
  • Proven Leadership and Relational Skills

Program Benefits 

Professional development and employment opportunities may include: 

  • Coach mentorship 
  • National and international coaching exchanges
  • Leadership development opportunities 
  • RCA hosted National Training Centre (NTC) training camps
  • NTC Apprentice coaching opportunities
  • Seasonal coaching and employment opportunities

Program Expectations

  • Attendance at the RCA National Conference Jan. 27 & 28, 2023 in Victoria, BC
  • Participation in ongoing virtual and potential in-person development opportunities over a 1-year timeframe
  • Involvement in evaluation of the program (year 1 pilot) delivery and achieved desired outcomes
  • Additional expectations as agreed to with individual participants of the program

Please complete the Coaching Application and email your coaching resume to Colleen Miller, RCA Manager of Coach Education and Development by December 6, 2022.

Accepted applicants will be notified by December 15, 2022

Please contact Colleen Miller, RCA’s Manager of Coach Development and Education, for any questions.

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