Introducing Adaptive Rowing

There’s nothing to stop clubs from offering some kind of Adaptive Rowing programme.

For an overview of Adaptive Rowing please have a look at our Learn to Row section.

There are a few things to consider:

  • Appoint a co-ordinator or contact person.
  • Think about how accessible your club is. See the Club Access Audit.
  • Assess equipment- very often no adjustments will be needed. See below for ideas.
  • Ensure your safety plan incorporates members with a disability or impairment.
  • Hold an open day.
  • Run short programmes with local disability organisations.

Running an Adaptive Rowing programme gives a world of benefits to the club and it’s members:

  • Inclusion.
  • Integration within the community.
  • Enhancement of club pride and reputation.
  • Encourage retired rowers to return to rowing as a ‘buddy’ partnering adaptive athletes in training and competition.
  • Increased use of club in typical off-hours.
  • Media attention, generating interest in your programmes and benefiting all aspects of your club.

If you are interested in offering Adaptive Rowing at your club, please email

Don’t be put off by the preconception that you will need a lot of specialist and expensive equipment. Often, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a difference when challenging barriers.  The most effective solutions come about through thinking and discussing with individuals involved.

It’s all about challenging barriers to participation!

There are specialist adaptations you can buy for both indoor and water rowing and if you have rowers who need these please email to discuss sourcing funding for these.

Good places to start contacting to advertise your Adaptive Rowing programme:

  • Colleges for the visually impaired.
  • Special schools.
  • Disability Organisations.
  • Charities.
  • Local disability groups.
  • Disability forums.
  • County Sports Partnerships.

A case study is attached from Guildford Rowing Club who have implemented Adaptive Rowing at their club really successfully.

Download Case Study

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