Your Sport Needs You!  Become a Boat Race Official

Give something back to your community.
Take on the role, training & hours that suit you.

Boat race officials (BROs) are the heart and soul of rowing.  Without them, there would be no regattas, no rowing community, no future for our sport.  And now, more than ever, we need volunteers to take on a range of BRO and regatta roles to safeguard our sport for a new generation of rowers.

Rowing WA is introducing an exciting initiative for our BROs.  We value the time committed when being a Boat Race Official & this initiative is about the recognition of what you do for the rowing community.  This is a milestone moment for the recognition of current BROs and the future recruitment of new BROs. From 2021 all BROs will be remunerated.

Boat Race Official Remuneration Intitiative

To be eligible for remuneration through this initiative, BRO's must be at least a Level One Accredited Official.

Remuneration will be inline with the following:

BRO Rates per Shift

Up to 6 hour shift - eg: Head Race $50.00
6 - 8 hour shift - eg: Pennant, Masters & All Schools regattas $100.00
Over 8 hour shift / regional / PSA & IGSSA regattas $150.00

Remuneration coupled with a new collaborative recruitment program with clubs, will hopefully see a significant increase in BRO interest.

For more information on how to gain your Level One Accreditation click HERE.

What’s in it for you?

Aside from the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re making a vital difference and protecting the future of rowing in WA, there’s a host of benefits to becoming a BRO/ regatta volunteer.

These include:

  • Fun! Make new friends within the BRO team at the heart of our community.
  • Choice: Select the role that suits your talents, interests and ambitions.
  • Flexibility: Choose the volunteering hours/time commitment that works for you.
  • Skills: Gain new knowledge and skills, with free training you can tackle at your pace.
  • Potential: Develop your expertise at national, international and even Olympic level.
  • Kudos: Enjoy everlasting appreciation and recognition from the rowing community

Yes, I'm interested

What You Need

  • Love of the sport
  • Passion for keeping racing fair
  • A good eye for the rules (if you'd like to Umpire out on the water)
  • A good eye for details & making quick decisions (if you'd like a role up in the tower, calling boats across the line etc!)
  • Some spare time (flexible schedules available)

That sounds like me

BRO & Regatta Volunteer FAQ's

I don’t have a lot of time at weekends. Can I still be a BRO?

  • Absolutely. With a range of roles and flexible hours and schedules available, being a Regatta Volunteer BRO doesn’t take up as much time as you might think.

Isn’t it a lot of hard work? I don’t have a lot of time for training.

  • While there’s some training involved, the level and intensity depends on the role you choose. What’s more, we break our free training down into bite-sized chunks that you can tackle at your own pace.

If I volunteer, do I have to spend the day on the water?

  • Not at all. There’s a range of land-based and water-based volunteer roles to choose from, and you don’t have to commit to a full day at regattas – choose the hours/schedule that suits you.

If I become a regatta volunteer do I then have to become a BRO?

  • Not at all. Everyone starts with Rowing WA as a Regatta Volunteer or Trainee Boat Race Official. If you enjoy the Boat Race Officiating aspect then you can continue on that pathway to obtain your Level 1 BRO accreditation or alternatively you can remain a Regatta Volunteer for as long as you would like.

I'd like to find out more!

Find out more. Register your interest!

Complete the form by clicking HERE and we’ll send you some more details about the Regatta Volunteer and BRO roles you can choose from, along with information about upcoming Regatta Volunteer and BRO information events, where you can come along – no pressure or obligation – and meet our BRO team.


Rowing WA would like to thank the

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

for its support of our

Boat Race Officials & Regatta Volunteer Recruitment & Development Campaigns