RowPerfect Shop subscribe to newsletter

Dear customers, thank you for being loyal to Rowperfect. Unfortunately we closed our shop, we can't accept any new orders.
Our blog will still be running, feel free to check it out!

What do coaches really want?

I am about to start a new little adventure in my coaching journey.  Next week I start as … read more

Share this Post


I am about to start a new little adventure in my coaching journey.  Next week I start as a presenter of coach education modules in the New Zealand Rowing system.

bullhornAnd, even in that first paragraph, you can see that I come from another time. These days the organisation is Rowing NZ, New Zealand Rowing dates back to when I, and the world, were young.  Back then the coach education on offer in New Zealand was occasional one of presentations by visiting luminaries and the four times a year arrival of a wad of photocopied pages from Peter Irvine.

Back then an absolute highlight was when a smuggled copy of a dodgy translation of the East German book Rudern became available.  This was the first real text book on rowing I had seen and was impressive in its width and depth of coverage.

Today we have a plethora of rowing books; texts, memoirs, how to books, philosophical musings and all available at the push of a few buttons over the internet.  There are also rowing blogs, rowing videos, rowing chat rooms and, generally, more resources than an insecure and out of his depth young coach in 1981 could have dreamt of.  We also have specialised online rowing shops and coaching services.

The Rowing NZ coach education system is organised.  We have Introductory Modules, Levels 1 to 3, much emphasis on safety, points to be earned and certificates to be gained. Most of the material is produced by highly qualified academic coaching professionals.  All this is a far cry from where we started 30 years ago.  I have been part of Coach Education for all of my 35 years as a coach; on both sides of the classroom, and in four countries.  One thing I have learnt is that I don’t know very much.


One thing I don’t know and would love to hear from you about is what inexperienced coaches really want to know.  Do you want what systems like ours offer or are we missing the point somewhere?

I look forward to hearing from you all.



One thought on “What do coaches really want?

  1. I have just embarked on the coaching journey and found the introductory course supplied by Rowing New Zealand to be an excellent starting point. I am looking forward to the other modules that are offered and passing on what I have learnt to crews and other up and coming coaches. I also find the information posted on this website to be very benificial and a great source of information.

Leave a Reply

Blog Related Posts

Prognostic Olympic Times – Part 4 – Calculators for rowing and erg

What do you think of the last episodes of our “prognostic” series? According Bio Row , a company… read more

#LikeAGirl women in sport conference

LIKEaGIRL – Getting to the core of Activity Sport – the fundamentals for girls’sport.  Two leading thinkers from the… read more

Help get teen girls into rowing

#RowMoJo rowconference are working together to help get more teenage girls into #ROWING! Both focussing on some of… read more

RowPerfect Shop subscribe to newsletter
Open chat
Questions, put an order, suggestions?
Hello, welcome to Rowperfect UK! How can we help you?