Adaptive rowing (also known as para-rowing) provides athletes with a physical, sensory or intellectual disability the opportunity to be active on the water, get involved in a fun and friendly club environment, and participate in a variety of competitions.
The Gorge Narrows Rowing Club can help you get started and set goals for your rowing, whether you are interested in being recreational or competitive.
Adaptive rowing is suitable for a wide range of persons with a disability, including but not limited to spinal cord injury; amputations; visual impairment and blindness; cerebral palsy; spina bifida; intellectual disabilities, including autism and Down syndrome; and hearing impairments.
The equipment used is essentially the same as for able-bodied rowers, with adaptations made to the equipment as required.
No rowing experience is required, and our coaches will work with you to figure out what you need. Depending on who is participating, and what their individual needs are, options can include group and private lessons or practices, and, if appropriate, rowing with our regular Masters program.