Basic Coaching Course


The “Bootshaus” was an important training centre for rowing and canoeing between the 1950s and the end of the 1970s. The boats are stored on the ground floor, with a hotel, a pleasant café and a large patio occupying the first floor. The basic 2- and 3-person rooms are located on the top floor. Each room is provided with a toilet and shower. A sauna is available downstairs, and adjoining the Bootshaus there is a a multi-purpose field for playing tennis, basket ball, volleyball or five-a-side football.

Courses in Dreisbach an der Saar include accommodation with full board. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included. No restitution will be given when meals are not joined. Prices for overnight stay are based on a two person room. For a single person room, an additional fare of €80,- will be charged.  The available 2-person rooms in the hotel (“Bootshaus”), facing the river Saar, will be booked on a first come, first served basis. 

The easiest way to get to Dreisbach is by car or train. The train will take you from Cologne along the rivers Rhine, Moselle and Saar – a particularly scenic journey. From Mettlach or Merzig train station, it is just a short taxi ride to the “Bootshaus” in Dreisbach.


The “Bootshaus”


The Saarland


Saarland, the area around the Saar, is renowned as an excellent region for walking and cycling. One of the many hiking and cycling routes passes just in front of the rowing centre. A 1.5-hour walk will take you from the “Bootshaus” up to the viewpoint overlooking the Schleife, the sweeping bend in the Saar river. Another option for a nearby excursion is to take the ferry across the Saar and climb the castle ruins. You will be rewarded with some truly magnificent views. The surroundings are also very well suited to exploration by mountain bike. 

Mettlach, also known as Germany’s Ceramics City, is within walking and cycling distance. In addition to the Villeroy&Boch factory with its bustling outlet shop, the Ceramics Museum is a worthwhile attraction to visit. And don’t forget to pay a visit to the picturesque town centre of “Weinort” (“wine town”) Saarburg. A little further off at around 45 km, the beautiful old city of Trier boasts a wealth of intact Roman remains.

The program

Courses will go ahead only if the minimum number of participants per course is reached. The price for this course is €690,- incl VAT.



Afternoon  Arrival
Participants are welcome to arrive. This evening there will be no dinner provided at the location. 
Evening When everybody has arrived we will have a short kick-off, getting acquainted with the other participants and do a brief introduction to the course.


Morning Essence rowing stroke
The last two decades, the insights in the most effective way to perform a rowing stroke, has been changed. In this module the teacher will bring the participants up-to-standards with every aspect of the modern rowing stroke and the best way to keep the boat balanced.

A lunch will be served

Afternoon  Improvement rowing technique I

Improvement of your rowing stroke starts with observing the rowers rowing technique. We discuss the primary & secondary observation points and the best way to prioritize them.


The program ends at 16:00, participants are free to join dinner or spend the rest of the afternoon and evening elsewhere.


No program
The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.


Morning Improvement rowing technique II
Participants are introduced to the principles of modern motor learning. Essential topics like transfer, retention, focus and learning by experience will be covered. The use of differential learning will be will be explained in detail.

A lunch will be served

Afternoon  Practice Flaw Recognition
This afternoon we bridge the gap between knowing how to see rowing flaws and be able to do it without hesitation. The teacher will show videos of crews rowing and the participants are asked to observe and note down the flaws. After that a group discussion will harmonize observations. Also the best practice to fit your boat to your individual needs will be discussed.

A dinner will be served

Evening Practice coaching I
Participants are split in rowers and coaches. Every participant will both row and coach. Rowers will be rowing in a Wintech Club Racer single scull (1x) or in a Wintech International double (2x). Coaches will be coaching the rowers, while the teachers are coaching the coaches. This training on the job will improve your coaching skills and is one of the most valued parts of our courses. 


Morning Boat speed & rowing motion
This morning the teacher will take the participants in the wonderful world of a quantitative approach to the rowing technique.  We take a rich and elaborate look at the rowing technique in relation to boat speed. What is the best technique to maximize boat speed without increasing the rower’s wattage? The answers will be discussed.

A lunch will be served. Participants are free to join lunch or spend the rest of the afternoon elsewhere.


No program
The afternoon is at leisure.


A dinner will be served. Participants are free to join dinner or have dinner elsewhere.

Evening Practice coaching II
The evening program will be continued at 19:30. The evening program is the same as Practice coaching I


Morning Exercise Science
The last morning the teacher will present a systematic approach to improving power output of rowers. Special attention will be given to the way juniors and masters can train best. Fitness training, training of strength and the modern approach to training with capacity and power is included in the program.

A lunch will be served. After lunch it’s time to say goodbye and go home.

Afternoon  Departure