Nine coaches from a variety of SCRA clubs passed their written exam for the UKCC Fixed seat rowing coaches course held recently in Greenock.
The successful coaches, pictured below are (left to right) Iain Sinclair (Rollicking Rowing Club, Lochgilphead), John Curtis (Boatie Blest, Cockenzie and Port Seton), Robbie Wightman (North Berwick, and Convenor of Scottish Coastal Rowing Association), Ali Grant (RowPorty, Portobello), Sarah Hayward (course tutor from Welsh Rowing), Alan Farrell (Troon RC), Fergus Allison (RowPorty) Mick Boden(Troon), Jon Gerrard (Boatie Blest) and Tom Hares (Dunbar CRC)
The coaches underwent four days of intensive lectures and practical assessments of thier coaching abilities. This included time on the water instructing each other.
Having undertaken the first part of the course, the coaches must now go back to their clubs and practice what they have learned. They will then be assessed by a British Rowing assessor, at their own clubs, hopefully in September.
Jim Ford of Royal West passed his assessement the day before this course, meaning that Scottish Coastal Rowing now has four fully qualified Level 2 coaches. Jim has joins Adam Graham and Ian Clark, also from Royal West and Topher Dawson from Ullapool.
All the coaches are committed to promoting safe and enjoyable rowing, and if your club would like to have some input from one of the coaches, or if you would like to attend this intensive course yourself at some time in the future, please contact Adam Graham, Training and Development officer for the SCRA.