Adaptive and Para-rowing Programs

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Rowing is a sport especially suited to para-athletes because it can be adapted to different levels of ability. Those with visual impairments or physical or cognitive disabilities can all excel as rowers. Row New York’s safe and supportive adaptive and para-rowing program provides land-based and on-water workouts for athletes who wish to row for recreation, rehabilitation, and competition. Athletes begin the program learning the basics of rowing on ergometers, then move to on-water rowing on stable barges, and for competitive athletes, to rowing shells fitted with pontoons.

Row New York’s adaptive and para-rowing mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their personal competitive and health goals through the rigorous discipline of rowing by building a community of trust, motivation, and high expectations.

Upcoming Event: March 19-20, 2016
USRowing’s FISA Adaptive Rowing Classification, hosted by Row New York

The Classification event will take place at the Row New York offices: 10-27 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY. This event is meant to classify individuals interested in becoming a medical classifier or technical classifier for adaptive rowing.

A FISA Adaptive Rowing Classifier is one who has been approved as such by FISA after undergoing the required training for this purpose. There are two types of FISA Classifier:
(1) FISA Medical Classifier: a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or physiotherapist,
(2) FISA Technical Classifier: a person with extensive practical knowledge of rowing with experience such as a rowing coach, sport scientist, former rower, physical educator or similarly qualified person.
For both types of FISA Classifier, experience with adaptive rowing is an advantage but not a requirement.

Classifier course has a registration cap of 16 participants and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Athletes who have a verifiable physical impairment or visual impairment and are interested in becoming classified in the sport of adaptive rowing may do so at this event. Athletes will need to indicate their sport class based on the basic definitions of the AS, TA and LTA sport classes.

Lunch and educational worksheets are provided at no additional cost. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of the candidate.

Follow this link to register for the Classification Event today: USRowing FISA US Classification Registration Form

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact:
Matt Logue
Director of Community Rowing
Row New York
718-433-3075 – Office

All adaptive and para-rowing activities are free of charge and take place on the calm waters of Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

This program provides 16 weeks of land-based and on-water rowing activities to middle school students with disabilities.

For novice rowers looking to learn a new activity or for experienced rowers who enjoy rowing for fitness and recreation.

Our competitive team is for para-athletes who wish to compete, and represent Row New York at indoor competitions on ergometers and at on-water regattas in racing shells.

Feedback from our adaptive and para-rowing athletes:

“I really love rowing. I like the idea of being an athlete! I like that it gives me a challenge and a goal. I like that it’s different – all my friends do wheelchair basketball and racing – not many people know about rowing.”
“Rowing helps my brain – it keeps me focused. I love it and I get to make new friends. Rowing also make my hands and wrists stronger.”

If you are interested in adaptive or para-rowing, please contact Matt Logue at, or call 718-433-3075.

Note: Athletes who take Access-a-Ride to the Queens boathouse should request “Parks—the Boathouse at Flushing Meadows.”