Adaptive Rowing

Organization Sponsor: Halifax Rowing Club

Organization Partner: St. Mary's Boat Club HRM


Program Description

Adaptive rowing is a program that offers the sport of rowing to people with physical disabilities by making equipment and program modifications to allow full participation.

To participate you need to be healthy and 15 years or older. You should be able to swim, climb stairs with a railing and be interested in learning how to row.

We will create a personalized learn-to-row program and it will probably be about 4 - 6 weeks long.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

NS Health Promotions, Manulife Financial Community Grants.
This project started with a grant that helped with buying new equipment and give people a chance to participate free. The participants who remain now buy a seasonal membership at $250. The club

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This program is difficult but the club is determined to offer this program. All boats can be adapted or special boats can be purchased. This program is adaptable to any community.

Impact Of Program: 

Many youth have tried this program but only 2 have remained for several years.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from participants.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The club plans to make renovations to their space to handle more special needs members. Because rowing is very challenging the successful participant feel very rewarded and often remain as regular members. Inflatable belts are worn instead of PDF.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Rowing in a shell is more challanging that paddling and it requires training to be successful. The learning curve may be too challenging for some.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This program began in 2006

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