Rowing Leaders in the making

Whilst many have been partying and preparing for the festivities, eleven young West Midlands rowers have spent the last two weekends working hard on the British Rowing’s Rowing Leader course which took place at Stratford upon Avon Boat Club.

Under the tutelage of Andy Roe, Stratford Boat Club’s Head Coach, the eleven young rowers from sister rowing clubs in the West Midlands area learnt the delivery of early learning rowing sessions, the role of a rowing leader and how to conduct a basic risk assessment. 


“Personal and crew safety are paramount in rowing”, said Paul Hazelwood, Stratford upon Avon Boat Club’s Safety Advisor. “Learning how to do a risk assessment and taking responsibility for those you are coaching heightens awareness of safety.”     

The course which is designed for existing rowers who have been in the sport for over a year and have passed their capsize drill water rescue training, went on to teach basic rowing techniques and how to plan and deliver a rowing session.

Said Will Bird, the Club’s Junior Co-ordinator,”Having these enthusiastic youngsters working under the supervision of our qualified coaches is a great asset: as their experience of learning to row is usually more recent than the coaches, they are often better at explaining techniques to aspiring rowers closer to their age!” 

Stratford upon Avon Boat Club

You an find more information about British Rowing’s Rowing Leader course here.