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Inclusive Learn to Row

We are so excited to offer this program for a third summer to make rowing more inclusive and accessible to all. This is a forward step toward's BSRA being a fully-inclusive rowing center. Our docks do not currently permit access to those with physical disabilities to utilize. This pilot program is intended for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We hope our waterfront construction to be completed soon. Our New boathouse is universally accessible.

Rowing is an easily adaptable sport for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. Modifications to equipment, instruction, and the rowing stroke can be made as needed.

Because the rowing stroke can be segmented into the legs, trunk, and arms, adaptive rowers may row all three parts of the stroke, trunk and arms only, or arms only depending on their physical capabilities and comfort level. The repetitive nature of the rowing stroke also makes Rowing well-suited for people with intellectual disabilities.

Rowers with vision loss, hearing impairment, paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputations, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, autism, and other disabilities are able to enjoy the sport. The coach and rower will work together to develop the best modification(s) for each individual. Common adaptations are wide, stable two-person boats with sliding seats, single-person boats with stabilizing pontoons, fixed seats for boats and rowing machines, lap belts, chest straps, and handle grips (

Rowing is the ultimate team sport! It teaches you about communication, leadership and character. Rowers will learn about time management and dedication so they can have respect for themselves, their teammates, coaches and family. Rowing is a sport that you can do for the rest of your life, it will challenge you physically and mentally. It's an excellent aerobic and anaerobic workout without the risk of many injuries so participants of all ages are welcome! On top of all of this, rowing brings people together for life-long friendships.

  • Row in large boats - 8 rowers, 1 coxswain

  • Stable boats to learn the basics

  • Learn how to sweep (1 oar/rower)

  • Participants will become rowers. They will learn the lingo, how to get in and out of a boat, how to use an oar, how to carry boats and oars, work with a team and what it means to be a teammate.

  • Experienced rowers will be assisting

  • Bring water in a reusable bottle, sunscreen and extra weather appropriate clothing.


  • Coaches:   Chloe Freedenberg and Sarah Abramowitz

  • Ages 15-30 years old

  • Cost: $300

  • Participants must be mobile, must be verbal & must be able to interact with team-members appropriately during this program.

  • Participants should arrive in tighter fitting athletic clothes, with sneakers and appropriate weather layers  and sun coverage. Individuals should also come with a water bottle.


 Week 1: 6/25  5pm - 6;45pm, 6/27  5pm - 6;45pm & 6/30  9:30am - 11am
 Week 2: 7/9  5pm - 6:45pm, 7/11  5pm - 6:45pm & 7/14  9:30am - 11am
 Week 3: 7/16  5pm - 6:45pm, 7/18  5pm - 6:45pm & 7/21  9:30am - 11am
 Week 4: 7/30  5pm - 6:45pm, 8/1   5pm - 6:45pm & 8/4  9:30am - 11am
 Week 5: 8/6  5pm - 6:45pm, 8/8   5pm - 6:45pm & 8/11  9:30am - 11am

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Registration closes on Monday June 24th at 11p

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