Level 2 Certification Requirements for National Team Coaches

USRowing views all national team and development camp coaches as role models and ambassadors for the rowing community in the United States. Certification is becoming a crucial part of what it means to be one of the nation’s best coaches. In the last few years, SafeSport has become a requirement for all national team coaches.

This year, we are expanding the expectations of our national team/development camp coaches. Beginning in 2019, all national team coaches will be required to have Level 2 Certification, along with current SafeSport certification and Background Check, a Boating Safety license, and current First Aid/CPR certification.

All applicants must be a current USRowing member with a minimum of a “Basic plus Regatta or Coaches Package”, and be in good financial standing with, USRowing.


USRowing has partnered with the Center for SafeSport to provide training and education on the various forms of misconduct. The center has developed a comprehensive online program, which is free to all members of the USRowing community and is required for all national team/development camp coaches. Following are the instructions for SafeSport (there is no charge to do this):

  1. To complete SafeSport go here: https://safesport.org/
  2. Click “Sign In” in the upper right-hand corner
  3. Click “register” and create a new account (even if you have completed SafeSport previously)
  4. During the registration process, you will be prompted to connect a membership.  Click on that option and select USRowing from the dropdown menu.
  5. Enter the following code when prompted: J5YZ-UJKV-YMFX-4ENI

You are required to complete all three modules of the SafeSport program. It will take about 90 minutes to complete. You can pause at any point in a module and return to it later. Once you have completed all three modules, submit the final certificate (not the certificate at the end of each module) indicating you have completed the training to Willie Black at Willis.Black@USRowing.org.

Background Check

USRowing has partnered with the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) to provide discounted background checks for all USRowing covered individuals for $20 (additional county fees may apply).

  1. Visit the NCSI website
  2. Enter code 11408575
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions
  4. Forward notification of your completed background check to Willie Black at Willis.Black@USRowing.org

Boating Safety

For those not able to attend an in-person Boating Safety course, there is an online option. All online courses need to be approved by the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). If your state does not offer a free or online course, select a state from the NASBLA approved list. For a list of all states that offer online courses, visit www.boat-ed.com.

First Aid/CPR

First Aid and CPR courses can also be completed online. The First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches course offered through the Red Cross provides an overview of first aid and ‘best practices’ for many first aid situations encountered by coaches. Visit www.redcross.com/take-a-class/coaches for more information or to register.

The Adult First Aid/CPR/AED online course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults. Visit www.redcross.com/take-a-class/adult-first-aid for more information or to register.

If you are required to, or would simply like to, complete a CPR class that allows you to demonstrate skill proficiency to a certified instructor, the Red Cross offers blended Simulation Learning and classroom-based courses. To find a class near you, visit www.redcross.com/take-a-class/cpr.

Have specific questions about Level 2 Certification or National Team Coach requirements?  Contact Willie Black at (609) 786-9034 or willis.black@usrowing.org.

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