Para Rowing is sweep rowing or sculling for people with physical or intellectual disabilities/limitations, including, in part, paraplegia, quadriplegia, Downs Syndrome, blindness, visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, amputation, cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
Para Rowing Classifications
Row with full rowing stroke
Can include individuals with MS, Visual Impairments, Amputation, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability, etc
Trunk and Arms (TA)
Row with body swing and arms, using a fixed seat
Can include individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, MS, Amputation, etc
Arms and Shoulders (AS)
Row with arms and shoulders, using a fixed seat with back support
Can include individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, Polio, Cerebral Palsy, MS, Spina Bifida, etc
Argonaut Adaptive Rowing Program
There are three main goals of the Argonaut Para Rowing program:
LEARN TO ROW: Through our Para Learn-to-Row program, we introduce the sport of rowing to individuals with a disability throughout the community. The Para Learn-to-Row is scheduled in June and participants need to be available for 2 to 3 hours on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Private lessons may be available depending on equipment and coach availability.
RECREATIONAL/FITNESS ROWING: We provide opportunity for recreational para rowers to have access to a crew situation, upon completion of their learn to row. Para athletes are encouraged to integrate within other recreational crews if they are looking for additional water time. This can be done through our recreational coordinator who helps to facilitate crew formations, or by putting your contact information on our crew spares list.
COMPETITIVE ROWING: We foster and train competitive para rowers towards the provincial, national and international competitive levels. This competitive approach requires dedication and overall physical fitness. The athletes follow a structured training plan and have a high level of personal commitment. Crew boating decisions are made by the coach with the goal of individual athlete development and overall crew potential.