Rowing Coach/Equipment Manager, Kingston upon Thames

Closing date:

Surbiton High SchoolKingston upon Thames
Date posted:
Start date: October 2017 (start date can be negotiable)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

Tenure: 38 weeks of the year, 37.5 hours per week, this includes regular weekend and holiday working in line with the role

Reporting Line: Head of Rowing

Job Purpose:

Will play an important role in the continued development of the Boat Club. To deliver high quality rowing coaching to a range of different ages and help in the planning of events and training camps and to manage and maintain the rowing equipment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coaching sculling and sweep rowing techniques on the water across a range of groups, from beginners to senior
  • Running land-training sessions
  • Awareness and adherence to risk assessments and health and safety guidelines
  • Checking the safety of all boats
  • Maintaining the coaching launches
  • Driving coaching/safety launches
  • Reporting on, and monitoring specific groups when required
  • Acting as a crew manager and offering general support for prior, during and after events
  • Assisting with general day to day running of the boathouse and its fleet of boats and associated equipment
  • Ability to repair minor damage to boats
  • Carrying out any such duties as may be reasonably requested.
  • Race and training camp planning

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • British Rowing Level 2 Coaching would be beneficial
  • RYA Level 2 Powerboat would be beneficial
  • First Aid would be beneficial
  • Weight Lifting Instructor would be beneficial
  • Effectively coach rowing both sculling and sweep to a range of age groups
  • Have a vision for and the ability to translate the Surbiton High School strategy into reality
  • The ability to work as part of a team in a successful and dynamic School and rowing program
  • Experience of operating professionally and safely within a Rowing environment
  • Good communication, organizational, administrative and ICT skills
  • Excellent planning and time management skills
  • A proven track record of demonstrable training and race success with young people
  • Ability to coach crews at a national level
  • Experience of operating professionally and safely within a Rowing environment
  • Possess good judgment and sound knowledge of the river Thames will be essential
  • Experience of collaborating with colleagues
  • Confidence and creativity in managing a large squad of varying abilities in changeable conditions
  • Foreign trip planning
  • Maintaining and repairing rowing boats and coaching launches
  • Rowing boat rigging
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the rowing technique, strength and conditioning, launch driving, racing rules and rowing on the tideway
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity and the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • A passion for rowing
  • Rowed or coached at a high level and have experience in coaching young people
  • Experience of rowing coaching in an educational setting would be preferable
  • Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • Positive rapport with pupils
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
  • A strong work ethic and a flexible attitude
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life, with a can-do attitude
  • Ability to think creatively and imaginatively
  • Committed to the Surbiton High School’s ethos
  • High expectations for pupil attainment, of the boat club, personal development and conduct
  • Committed to representing the strategic vision for the School
  • Ambitious and aspirational for oneself and for the School and the boat club
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following link:

Closing date: Midday, Friday 22 September 2017
Interviews to be held week commencing: Monday 25 September 2017

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