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Coaching Education

FISA has developed a coaching framework following the guidelines of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). This framework consists of 4 levels covering basics up to modules for a Head Coach.

Each level corresponds with specific skills and knowledge for coaching roles. For an overview of these roles:

FISA Coaching Framework - Updated 6 December 2018

FISA is compiling and developing materials for level 1 and other modules. FISA's member federations have many coach education resources readily available. In addition, seminars and conferences add to the overall knowledge of coaching in rowing.

Please find a basic training programme for clubs below: 



Level 4: Table of contents

Level 4: Chapter 1: Current trends

Level 4: Chapter 2: Advanced Rowing Technique

Level 4: Chapter 3: Biomechanics of Rowing

Level 4: Chapter 4: Advanced Physiology

Level 4: Chapter 5: Women's issues

Level 4: Chapter 6: Training Theory and Planning

Level 4: Chapter 7: Overtraining and Regeneration

Level 4: Chapter 8: Peaking and Race Preparation

Level 4: Chapter 9: Monitoring and Performance Assessment

Level 4: Chapter 10: Nutrition for Rowing

Level 4: Chapter 11: Mental Training and Psychology

Level 4: Chapter 12: Management and Coaching

Event Information

17-18 February   World Rowing Indoor Championships, Virginia
11-13 May   International Para Rowing Regatta, Gavirate
26-27 May    European Junior Championships, Gravelines
1-3 June   World Rowing Cup 1, Belgrade
21-24 June   World Rowing Cup 2, Linz Ottensheim
13-15 July   World Rowing Cup 3, Lucerne
25-29 July   World Rowing U23 Championships, Poznan
2-5 Aug   European Rowing Championships, Glasgow
8-12 August    World Rowing Junior Championships, Racice
1-2 Sept   European Rowing U23 Championships, Brest
9-16 Sept    World Rowing Championships, Plovdiv
11-14 October   World Rowing Coastal Championships, Victoria

Check the pages of each event to stay updated on schedules, entries, weather etc. 

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FISA annually organises the Coaches Conference and the Youth Coaches Conference.

2018 World Rowing Coaches Conference - 21-23 November 2018, Berlin, Germany
For more information, click here.

In 2017, the Coaches Conference was organised in London, Great Britain.
The presentations from the event can be found here

2018 World Rowing Youth Coaches Conference - 1-4 November 2018, Snagov, Romania
For more information, click here

To view content and materials from previous conferences click here.


Coaching Courses

FISA Coach Education Courses can be organised by national federations who do not have existing coach education programmes or via the National Olympic Committees with Olympic Solidarity.

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Competitive Commission

The FISA Competitive Rowing Commission is responsible for the following areas:

  • To increase participation in all types of competitive rowing.
  • To raise standards in competitive rowing.
  • To  provide  advice  to  the  Council  on  all  matters  related  to competitive rowing.
  • Seeding during events 
  • Fairness

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Coaching Videos

Behind the Megaphone

Featured coach: John Parker -  More drills available on his blog.

Watch the video for everyday rowing drills working on body mechanics and drive.