Coaching Courses


Level 1 coaching course in Fermoy Rowing Club starting on Wed March 22nd.
Rowing Ireland will run a Level 1 coaching course in Fermoy RC running on four consecutive Wednesdays plus a water session (evenings also). If there are sufficient numbers from a particular area then the water session can be based at the coach’s home venue but this will not be finalised until we see how many apply. Child protection awareness/Safeguarding 1 training will form part of this Level 1 course.

The course covers planning and delivery of a water and land/gym sessions, developing coaches observation of technique and correction, feedback, communication to athletes and understanding of the coaches role. Instruction will be given on weight training and boat rigging.

Level 1 cost €150 per person and is payable online here.

Wed 22nd Mar 6:15pm – 9:30pm
Wed 29th Mar 6:15pm – 9:30pm
Wed 5th April 6:15pm – 9:30pm
Wed 12th April 6:15pm – 9:30pm
Plus a water session at coaches home venue if numbers justify it.

Email for application form.


Child Protection Awareness and Safety Training

Rowing Ireland will run a series of Child Protection Awareness courses (also known as Code of ethics or Safeguarding 1) in each province throughout 2017. This is normally run as an evening course, approximately 6:30-9:15pm. This is the same as the course offered by the Local Sport Partnerships. Coaches must have this certification to move to L1 or beyond and is also required for coach licencing. This training is strongly recommended for anyone who is working with young people in coaching or any other capacities. There will also be a safety and risk assessment discussion on the night. Courses can be booked by contacting the tutor emails below.

Note, this module is being covered on all L1 courses and will be part of the upcoming L1 courses in Coleraine and Fermoy. People not attending the full L1 may link in just for this module but must register.

Fermoy L1 late March, see post above. Contact to register names.


Introductory Coaching Course – Queens University Belfast, 3 & 4 April 2017

This covers the basics of how to look after rowers in clubs, under the guidance of an experienced coach. 2 nights must be attended:

Monday 3 April 6pm to 9.30pm

Tuesday 4 April 6pm to 9.30pm

Course fee is €50pp payable online HERE

Application form available from: or 


Launch Driving Course at UL Sport Adventure Centre, Killaloe, Co. Clare

There has been good take up on the Introduction to Powerboat (level 1) over the winter period with five courses completed for Rowing Ireland. Launch driving is a good way to bring along assistant coaches over the summer months. Also with the regatta season upon us it might be a good time to get some of your members trained up so they can help on the day.

UL will be running this course again on the weekends of 6th & 7th , 13th & 14th & 20th & 21st of May, the cost per person is €125.

This course is ideal for anyone new to launch driving or for those who have experience and want to improve their knowledge and skills in a launch for either coaching, event umpiring, safety or marshal duties.

UL can also run the National Power boat Certificate (Level 2) & and the Safety Boat Certificate ( Level 3) if there is sufficient interest.

All UL based powerboat courses are certified ISA courses, and are recognized within the national coaching framework.

A minimum for 3 people are required for the course to go ahead. To book a place please contact UL directly:

Marty Flood
Chief Instructor
UL Sport Adventure Centre,
Two mile gate,
Co. Clare,
M: +0863582814
T: +353 (0)61 376622
F: +353 (0)61 375137


Strength Training weekend courses:

These one day sessions are open to all coaches. L2/L3 candidates must attend one of these sessions and pass the assessment.

Course will cover;

  • Programme planning phases, strength, power, endurance.
  • Sets, reps, training load
  • Functional screen
  • Designing circuit
  • Coaching points/cues on key lifts for rowing
  • Correction exercises
  • Practice coaching/feedback
  • Assessment for L2/L3 will be at a later date.


Strength Training evening sessions with Mark O’Donovan:

Mark O’Donovan, Irish Lightweight rower is available to deliver a series of practical strength training skills classes for coaches and rowers in their own club setting. Mark is a sport scientist with strength and conditioning training and a current international rower in the LM2-. The sessions can be tailored to suit individual club requirements.

To book a session with Mark please email . There will be a charge for these sessions, details from Sarah.


Coaching course planning dates

To express interest in any course and to reserve a place please send an email to


Payment for the Coaching Courses can be made online by following this link.

For Coach Education queries, contact

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