Code of Conduct for Coaches

A coach is anyone who offers or provides guidance, assistance or supervision (or a combination of any) to club members, including beginners on Learn to Row courses. Coaches may or may not hold a recognized coaching qualification but all coaches of junior members who coach unsupervised must be registered members of British Rowing, hold recognized coaching qualifications such as the ARA’s Instructor’s Award, UKL2 coaching award and be DBS checked.

  • The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All coaches who supervise and/ or instruct must:
    Consider the wellbeing, safety and needs of participants before the development of performance.
  • Carry out a risk assessment before every training session and comply with the British Rowing Row Safe document.
  • Ensure rowers are adequately equipped and attired to take part in their planned activity.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with athletes, based on mutual trust and respect and ensure that rowers respect other water users and members of the public.
  • Treat all rowers fairly and not show favouritism.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
  • Be mindful of the particular needs of adaptive athletes, juniors and vulnerable adults.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play).
    Display consistently high standards of behaviour, appearance and professionalism.
  • Avoid touching rowers unless it is absolutely necessary to demonstrate a technique; in this instance the coach will advise the rower what is planned and seek permission before proceeding.
  • Avoid being overtly friendly as this can create the wrong impression and may cause offence.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body, British Rowing, WEARA, EWSA and the Club.
  • Never exert undue influence over performers or parents/ carers to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Never condone rule violations, foul play or the use of prohibited substances.
    Report any infringements of this Code of Conduct to the Club Captain, Junior Coordinator or Welfare Officer as appropriate.