Officials Clinics

Regattas could not run without umpires. All Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Licensed Umpires undertake training to ensure that racing is fair and safe for all competitors. The training, development and licensing of umpires is overseen by the RCA Umpires Committee. The Committee’s mandate is to promote umpiring, standardize and improve the quality of umpiring, coordinate the selection of juries for Canadian national regattas and to train and nominate Canadian umpires to FISA’s International Juries. 

Umpiring Education Program

RCA is proud to announce the new Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 RCA Umpiring Education Program for Canada. The Program will improve access to the cadre of umpires and will improve the consistency and quality of umpiring across Canada. The program, available in English and French, presents a clear umpire pathway providing similar support and education offered to athletes and coaches. For full announcement, please click here.

The program has been revamped and includes the creation of a five-tier structure, the establishment of the training frameworks and the development of the curriculum for each level. The first three levels now include a formalized presentation of updated material, a supervised practical training program and a final evaluation. Each candidate will have consistent mentoring throughout their training lasting up to three years.

To learn more about the RCA Umpiring Education Program, contact your Provincial Rowing Association or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Umpires Categories
Umpires can progress through five levels, Associate Umpire, Umpires, Chief Umpire and International Umpire. 

Associate Umpire:  an individual who has participated in an umpire “clinic”. The clinic content and teaching methodology is set by the RCA Umpires Committee and the clinics are delivered by the PRAs. An individual is not required to have a rowing background to become an umpire. A person is referred to as an Associate Umpire after attending a clinic and can immediately start his or her apprenticeship at RCA sanctioned regattas under the tutelage of Licensed Umpires. The primary education tool for associate umpires is the RCA Rules of Racing that can be downloaded here.

Umpire (Licensed): an Associate Umpire who has passed a written and practical exam after a set period of training. Candidates who pass the exam are issued an RCA Umpire’s Licence. An Umpire will fill many roles at a regatta, including starter, on-water umpire, control commission umpire and finish judge. There are requirements to maintain a licence including attending an umpire seminar once every three years.

Chief Umpire: after three years of serving as an Umpire, a person can take a Chief Umpire (CU) course and then be eligible to fill the role of Chief Umpire at a regatta.

Clinician: a Clinician conducts Umpire clinics, Chief Umpire clinics and Umpire exams as well as Umpire seminars and evaluations. Chief Umpires are nominated by their PRA and are eligible to become Clinicians.

International Umpire: an International Umpire is an umpire who has passed the FISA Umpire written and practical examinations. FISA Umpires are eligible to be appointed to the juries of the World Cup series, World Championships, and Olympic and Paralympic regattas.



Sunday June 10th, 2018
Facilitated by: Sandra Kirby

For more information or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.