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Level 1


Level 1 is the initial level in a rower’s development and ALL rowers should be competent with this level before progressing onto Level 2. Successful completion and positive experiences of Level 1 is likely to keep the rower interested and engaged to stay in the sport.


Developing confidence to get in and out of the boat and demonstrate simple watermanship skills.


Basic flexibility, strengthening and stability to promote physical literacy and correct movement pattern.


Conditioning physical activity to elevate heart rate.


Basic understanding of rowing terminology, safety standards and suitable clothing requirements.


Building the 5 C’s of Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character and Creativity.

For rowers training at this level events should be focused on learning, skill development, enjoyment, and the social experience of rowing.

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This could include:

  • Skill events e.g. Skills Heads (Northern Region Explore Series).
  • Explore Series.
  • Tours.
  • Internal club events e.g. Pubs & Clubs, Splash & Dash, Trade 4’s.
  • Scratch crew regattas. e.g. War of the Roses (Bradford ARC).

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What do each of the pillars stand for? Physical Literacy - The ability to perform movement skills and improve body awareness. This allows the rower to become more efficient in their movement, making them more confident and in control. Athleticism - The building blocks and physical qualities that rowers are expected to achieve to be able to…

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Level 2

British Rowing would like to see all coaches supporting their rowers to be competent with Level 1 before moving on to any specific rowing training. Successful completion and positive experiences of the level 1 stages is likely to keep the rower interested and engaged to stay in the sport.   Developing confidence to get in…

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Level 3

This is a major level in a rower's development, as if done correctly it will capture their interest in the sport. There should be a wide and varied mixture of training modalities, continual observation and evaluation of musculoskeletal developments. Make sure to take into consideration growth spurts when setting different types and volumes of training…

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Level 4 (Performance Talent)

To develop an individual who is a competent participant, there would be a year round structured training programme. This is a major development level in relation to fitness and physical development if heading towards the High Performance pathway. In competition the participants will be striving to win, but the overall annual programme should still be…

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