Rowers with a disability who want to race either indoor or on the water will need to go through British Rowing’s classification system.  

We adopt the International Rowing Federation (FISA) Para-Rowing system of classification which places rowers into classes according to how much their impairment impacts rowing.

These internationally recognised classes are:

  • Legs Trunk Arms (Physical Disability) – LTA-PD
  • Legs Trunk Arms (Visual Impairment) – LTA-VI
  • Trunk Arms – TA
  • Arms Shoulder – AS

Rowers who have a disability but do not meet the British Rowing Classification criteria may be eligible for a Rowability Grouping. These classes are accepted at events that offer Rowability:

  • Rowability Sliding Seat (Physical Disability) – RSS-PD
  • Rowability Sliding Seat (Learning Disability) – RSS-LD
  • Rowability Fixed Seat – RFS
  • Rowability Upright Seat – RUS

A classified Para-Rower can race in the corresponding Rowability Grouping, but a Rowability rower cannot race as a British Rowing classified Para-Rower.

Para-Rowing Classification

Applying for Adaptive Classification

If you would like more information around applying for adaptive classification, please see this document.

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Classification Process

To register your interest and find out more information about classification send an email to:

Classification opportunities

A series of classification opportunities will be held across the country.

For more information on dates and locations or if you are interested in becoming a classifier please contact

We are aware of the changes made by World Rowing to rename the Para-rowing boat classes. Updates will be made in due course.

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Getting Started

Rowers To help get you started, complete the British Rowing Pre-Activity Health Questionnaire and bring it along with you when you go to your first session at a rowing club. Coaches and Volunteers Clubs and Centres Event Organisers If you are interested in including Para-Rowing and Rowability events in your regatta programme, helpful advice can…

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