Adaptive Rowing

Adaptive rowing is a special category of rowing race for those with physical disabilities. Under the International Rowing Federation (FISA) rules there are three categories for adaptive rowers:

LTA - Legs, Trunk, Arms
Use of at least one leg, trunk and arms. Also for those with visual and intellectual impairments. Rowed with standard boats and sliding seats.

TA - Trunk and Arms
Only use of trunk muscles. Boat has fixed seat.

A - Arms only
Limited trunk control. Boat has fixed seat and rower is strapped at upper chest level to only allow shoulder and arm movements.
At FISA events there are 4 boat events (standard nomenclature is used):

4+ Mixed LTA,  2x Mixed TA,  1x Men A,  1x Women A

Racing is held over 1,000 m (rather than the standard 2,000 m). In mixed events half the crew must be male and other half female (coxswain maybe of either gender and may be able bodied). Single shells for the Arms Only category must have stabilising pontoons attached to

When and Where

Try Rowing
You are invited to come along on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7.30am.

Meet at Rotorua Rowing Club on the lakefront behind the Sound Shell. There will be a coach coming in off the water who will show you around the club and get you started.

Please enquire if you wish to try Adaptive Rowing so equipment can be organised before the day
There is no cost for beginners to try the sport.

Enquiries can be lodged via the Rotorua Rowing Club Website or by contacting Barbara Neale -

Indoor Rowing
Want to try indoor Rowing in a supportive environment with adaptable equipment to suit your needs? Call Aaron and the team at Next Step NZ.

Next Step NZ
14B Hocking Street, Mount Maunganui

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