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.

Rachel Morris Of Great Britain in the Women's Single Sculls - ASW1x Heat 1 at the Lagoa Stadium Rio de Janiero at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Brazil. Friday 9th September 2016.

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.

Indoor rowing at Inter Spinal Unit Games

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.

More about the GB Para-rowing Team

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!

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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