Adaptive / Para-Rowing

Rowing is a sport open to all. You can row indoors or on the water, just for fun or to compete in competitions. Rowing is a great way to meet new people, get fit and stay healthy, learn new skills and to have fun.

Adaptive Rowing is about removing barriers to participation for anyone who has a physical disability, sensory or learning impairment.

Indoors and Outdoors!

Indoor rowing machines can be adapted so that anyone can use them. Adaptations include fixed seats, hand grips and wheelchair frames for those that can not transfer to the indoor rower. Indoor rowing is a full body workout making it the perfect workout for you, at the gym or in the comfort of your own home.

On the water, rowing is accessible for people who have the use of their upper body and can transfer into the boat. Boats can be specially adapted to have sliding or fixed seats, with the additional support of floats if required. Rowing on the water offers a sense of freedom and a different perspective, while helping you to get fit.

Photo credits: Drew Smith and Stratford Rowing Club

Paralympic sport

If you are looking to push yourself further, British Rowing is actively recruiting for the next generation of Paralympic rowers. If you have the right physical and mental attributes, you could be on the pathway to the Paralympics. CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE  

Our GB Para-Rowing Team is hugely successful, winning 50% of the gold medals awarded in Paralympic rowing since its introduction in 2008. Without new athletes though, there’s a very real risk that we won’t be able to field a full team after Tokyo. We’re on the lookout for talented, driven individuals who have the right mental and physical attributes to make it as a competitive international para-rower. No rowing experience necessary!

Callum's Story

Callum is 24 and from Manchester. A keen sportsman Callum was always very active during his childhood and when he discovered mountain biking there was no looking back. But on 17th March 2018 everything changed for Callum at the very first race of the season. “It was the day before the PMBA Enduro race at a track that I’ve done loads of times. It was quite a big gap but something I’d done before. I wasn’t massively into going out of my comfort zone and I knew what I could do and didn’t take huge risks, which is why this was such a freak accident. I had broken my back at T8, T10, T12 and severed my spinal cord."

Calum spent the following year at the Southport Spinal Unit and just a few months after leaving the unit he got in contact with British Rowing and he has been rowing ever since. In 2021 Callum received Wheelwrights Funding to support his ongoing development with the British Rowing

Read Callum's Story

Further information:

Have a look at the British Rowing website or Facebook page for further information on adaptive rowing, classification opportunities, Paralympic pathways and where to find your nearest club. Or email British Rowing on

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