HRC Para-Rowing Programs


Para Rowing Learn-to-Row Classes

This program teaches people over 14 years old who have a disability how to row.  We have the equipment and trained volunteers that can make rowing on the Northwest Arm a reality for athletes with disabilities.

We row on the ocean and the safety of all rowers and equipment is a primary concern.

As such, to take part in our Para-Rowing Learn-to-Row classes athletes must be able to:

  • Climb two flights of stairs. There is a good hand rail but we do not currently have wheelchair access to the water.
  • Swim at least 50 metres. Since we row on the water there is always the possibility of tipping.  All rowers wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) and need to be able to don them when in the water.
  • Follow commands.When learning to row, rowers are coached, which involves instructions about body movement, boat handling, crew interaction and safety. Once you are rowing, to work with a crew, you must follow the commands of the leader (the coach, bow-seat or coxswain).

For more information about para-rowing see World Rowing's Para-Rowing information page & Rowing Canada's Para-Rowing-Classifications.

Classes are arranged individually, to inquire or enrol in para-rowing learn-to-row, please contact Katherine Harman


Para-Rowing Novice Program

Rowers with a disability who have successfully completed a Para-Rowing Learn-to-Row class in the current rowing season can register for the adaptive novice program in order to continue to improve their skills, develop their fitness and train for regattas. There will be at least two coached rowing sessions each week.


Para-Rowing Program

For rowers with a disability who are over 14 years old as of January 1st of the current rowing season.  This program allows rowers who have successfully completed the Para-Rowing Learn-to-Row class to continue to improve their skills, develop their fitness and train for regattas.  There will be at least two coached rowing sessions each week.


Are you interested in viewing some Para-Rowing Races? Please visit our youtube channel