Completing a coaching qualification is a lot more than simply achieving a certificate. The courses will broaden your thinking and bring to life some of the challenges you encounter in your coaching environments, enabling you to discover solutions. Your course is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded coaches and build a future support network to help you to continue to develop beyond the course itself.

Our coaching qualifications are affiliated with British Rowing and provide high quality courses for all. To find out more about coaching courses, please visit the British Rowing website


Current Courses

British Rowing Session Coach Course

This coaching course is aimed at ages 16+ and is applicable to coaches working with all groups, from novices to experienced rowers. This course is ideal for people who want to become rowing coaches, lead groups or squads, develop rowers and deliver positive experiences. You will receive a recognized UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rowing.

If you represent a club and would like a coaching course delivered closer to home, please contact to make arrangements


DATE:  Saturday 16th September, Sunday 17th September & Saturday 14th October 2023

LOCATION: ASRA Boathouse, Aberdeen 

BOOKING: Sign into/Register a 'British Rowing Just Go Account' and book onto the course, here.

DEADLINE: 31st August


DATE:  Saturday 7th October, Sunday 8th October & Saturday 21st October 2023

LOCATION: West Boathouse, Glasgow. 

BOOKING: Sign into/Register a 'British Rowing Just Go Account' and book onto the course, here.

DEADLINE: 7th September


DATE:  Saturday 7th October, Sunday 8th October & Saturday 28th October 2023

LOCATION: Outdoor Education Centre, Lochore Meadows

BOOKING: Sign into/Register a 'British Rowing Just Go Account' and book onto the course, here.

DEADLINE: 7th September


British Rowing University Coaching Assistant Course

The University Coaching Assistant provides more entry levels for you to get involved in supporting rowing activities at your university clubs.

The University Coaching Assistant training came about as a result of university rowing clubs identifying that despite a lot of people delivering activity in university clubs, there needed to be a more effective way of succession planning between year groups to ensure that there were enough students with some training in delivering activity year on year. On completion you will receive a British Rowing University Coaching Assistant Award.

Find out more here.

DATE:  Saturday 30th September, 1pm – 4pm (3 hours)

LOCATION: Glasgow/Edinburgh (TBC). 

BOOKING: Sign into/Register a 'British Rowing Just Go Account' and book onto the course, here.


Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach Course

Are you a Club Coach who wants to take the theory of strength and conditioning and apply it to your rowers on the gym floor and in the boat?  Then the UKCC Level 2 Strength and Conditioning for Club S&C Coaches is exactly what you need to prepare, deliver, and review strength and conditioning coaching sessions.

This course is also a pre-requisite for any coach wishing to enter the British Rowing Level 3 Senior Coach Qualification.


  • Saturday 7th October, Sunday 8th October 2023
  • Saturday 21st October, Sunday 22nd October 2023
  • Saturday 25th November 2023

LOCATION: Scottish Rowing Centre, Strathclyde Park 

BOOKING: To register contact to receive a booking form, to fill out and send to the course tutor.

DEADLINE: 8th September


Note: Courses have a minimum requirement of 8 attendees and a maximum of 12.  In the event of an insufficient number of applicants the course will be cancelled. In the event of an oversubscription, bookings will be open on a first come first serve basis. Please be aware that once bookings are live, any member of British Rowing can book onto the course, and there are people travelling across the country to find courses.

Regarding the Session Coach course in Aberdeen – British Rowing are still to confirm a tutor, and in the event of a tutor not being found the course will be cancelled/postponed to a later date.

Other details to be confirmed (TBC) will be updated ASAP.


British Rowing Assessors for Scotland

A new opportunity has come up to become a British Rowing Level 3 Coach Assessor.   Please read on if you would like to become part of a coach education team in Scotland.

We have an insufficient number of British Rowing Assessors in Scotland.  To keep up with the Scottish demand for the Level 2 Coaching qualifications we desperately need to create a pool of assessors living in Scotland, so we can deliver assessments more frequently to our newly trained level 2 rowing coaches. 

Assessors are required to travel to rowing clubs and observe a ‘learner’ coaching a rowing session, make assessments on their performance and submit a report to British Rowing. It’s a great excuse to travel to other rowing locations, meet new rowing coaches and enjoy supporting somebody on the beginning of their coaching journey.    Assessors are also paid a fee for each assessment, which covers their expenses and their time.

The course involves two days of classroom/online learning, lasting 3 hours each day.   A submission of a CV to British Rowing, and an observation of an assessment from a British Rowing representative.

Prerequisites to the course include.

  • British Rowing Level 2 Rowing Club Coach qualification.
  • Being at least 18 years of age
  • Ideally an assessor will have a ‘good’ experience of coaching in either rowing, education, or business contexts.

Scottish Rowing can support applications with a subsidy to the cost of the course fee.

If you would like to be a member of an assessor group in Scotland, please contact with an expression of your interest and some detail about your current rowing activity and coaching background.  These will be passed to British Rowing, who will then contact you to request a CV and send you an application form.




sportscotland Subsidy and Scottish Rowing Coach Funding

If you would like to apply for a subsidy for your coaching courses, please read the following information then fill out an online application form.

All applications for subsidy funding will be sent via an online form to Scottish Rowing and should aim to meet the EDI targets listed here.

Scottish Rowing will consider whether the application meets sportscotland Scottish Rowing targets and decide accordingly whether to award a subsidy.

Applicants and clubs should demonstrate how a subsidy will have a positive effect on at least one of the EDI’s and promote stronger pathways for increased participation in rowing. This might involve sharing a club strategy to reach out to underrepresented groups or a reasoned argument that shows how funding will be effective at improving an EDI factor or creating an entry path for more participation in Rowing.

More information on EDI factors can be found here.

Guidance for Scottish Rowing Coach Subsidy Award

Scottish Rowing is more likely to award coach subsidies to coaches who are active, currently working directly with teams and athletes. Scottish Rowing will also be more likely to award funding to coaches who are engaged with the Scottish Rowing Coach Framework and other opportunities provided for by Scottish Rowing, such as the J16 Land Camp and the Junior Academy.  Applications will also be viewed positively if they demonstrate they are supporting some of the Scottish Rowing targets regarding coaching.

Scottish Rowing targets include:

  •  At least one active coach in every rowing club with a BR Level 2 Club Coach UKCC qualification.
  •  The creation of a Scottish Rowing ‘Coach Community.’
    •  Coaches join the ‘Coach’ Club on membership portal ‘Justgo’ and submit their qualifications and credentials for approval.
    •  Coaches annually submit articles about coaching to the SR Coach Framework or a SR online publication.
    •  Coaches attend coaching workshops and conferences.
  •  An increase the number of women coaching rowing in Scotland and more support for the development of female coaches.
  •  Recruitment of Coach Developers
  •  Recruitment of Coaches into the ‘Scottish Rowing Coach Framework.’
    • To provide mentorship opportunities by partnering coaches with a coach developer.

Applicants should read the SR strategy document for 2023-2026, found here. Scottish Rowing Strategic Plan Document

For any more information and guidance contact Iain Rice, Workforce Development Manager:

Local Authority Coach Education Funding

Some Local Authorities offer additional funding to help towards the cost of your coaching qualification if you aim to coach at a club within the local authority area upon completion of your qualification – some offer as much as 75%towards the cost of your course.

In many cases, a funding application form must be submitted in advance of the course and the applicant/club must pay for the course up front. If successful in obtaining funding either you or your club will receive the funding once the course has been completed and proof of attendance and success submitted.

Please refer to your relevant Local Authority sports development website for further information. If you have any questions please contact Iain Rice, Workforce Development