Adaptive Rowing

Adaptive rowing offers the fun, health benefits, teamwork and challenge provided by rowing to individuals with any disability that requires an adjustment or modification for participation including spinal cord injuries, amputations, visual impairment, neurological disease, cognitive impairment, or other physical, mental, or emotional challenge.

Adaptive rowing can be pursued recreationally or competitively. It is a sport of not just the body, but of the mind and spirit. There is no greater feeling than being able to fly on the water.

To learn more about adaptive rowing, check out this video.

The athletes first learn the rowing technique on the indoor rowing machine (known as the ergometer or “erg”) before advancing to the water in a double shell (a two person boat) with an experienced rower/coach. If the participant chooses, he or she may advance to rowing in a single shell (a one person boat). In addition, adaptive rowers may participate on a recreational or competitive level.

How do I participate?

Anyone can participate in our adaptive rowing program.

Summer 2015 Schedule:

TBD; Usually Wednesday evenings.


Sunapee State Beach

Our Goal:

Participating in the Bayada Regatta, the nation’s oldest and largest adaptive rowing competition, in Philadelphia.

For more information or to sign up, please email us.


Competitive Classes

For competitive rowers, there are three classes of Adaptive rowers recognized by FISA, the international sports body:

LTA – Legs, Trunk, Arms:
Rower has use of at least one leg, truck muscles, and arms. Visually impaired and intellectually disabled competitors and competitors with CP who are in ambulant classes would be in this class.
TA – Trunk and Arms:
Rower has use of trunk muscles. Bilateral above-knee amputees, spinal cord complete injury of level L1-L4 and CP diplegic rowers are in this class.
A – Arms Only:
Rower has limited trunk control. Complete spinal cord lesions of T10-11 or above, most CP4 and all CP3 rowers are in this class.