What is Rowing?

Rowing is a sport that can be enjoyed recreationally or competitively both on the land (indoor rowing) and on water. On the water, individuals can either SCULL (one oar in each hand) or ROW (using one oar only). Sculling can be done individually or in crews of 2, 4 or even 8 rowers. Rowing is always done in crew boats, in crews of 2, 4 or 8. Sometimes these are steered by a COXSWAIN although increasingly, smaller boats (2/4 rowers) are steered by a rower who has a rudder attached to one of his / her shoes.

How do I get involved in Rowing?

Anyone with a Visual Impairment can get involved in rowing. A blind or partially sighted individual will benefit from rowing through the sense of freedom it provides, reduced social isolation, and learning new skills whilst keeping fit and healthy. 

Moreover, rowers with a visual impairment can be highly successful in rowing; The best rowers all have a fantastic feel for the movement of the boat which is totally independent of their eyesight. Due to this, there is no reason why individuals with a visual impairment can't row at a high level within mainstream club activity.  

Paralympic Rowing

Our GB Para-Rowing Team is hugely successful, winning 50% of the gold medals awarded in Paralympic rowing since its introduction in 2008 and several of our Paralympians have had a Visual Impairment.

Paralympic Athletes classified as being Visually Impaired are classified as PR3. They row in four-oared boats with 3 others and a coxswain. As of 2020, the Great Britain PR3 coxed four are both reigning world and Paralympic champions

Where is my nearest Rowing club?

For more information on adaptive rowing, visit the British Rowing website or email 

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