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Adaptive Learn to Row


{mosimage}The SRC Adaptive Rowing Program was started in May 2007 to bring the sport of rowing to people with disabilities. The program is based out of the SRC boathouse and includes accessible washroom/changeroom facilities, docks, and three rowing machines with adaptive seats. The adaptive fleet consists of two training shells, and two racing shells. Both categories have a single (one person) and a double (two person).

The program is open to rowers of all disabilities, interest, and skill levels - from complete novices interested in relaxing rows on Lake Ramsey, to competitive rowers interested in national and international competition. The program operates year round: on rowing machines twelve months of the year, and on the water from May through October.


Learn to Row

Adaptive LTR sessions  take place in early May or June. This all-day event covers the basics of rowing, including safety, anatomy of the boat, and rowing technique. Issues unique to disabled athletes are also covered.Those interested in participating must contact the Coordinator of the program, Thomas Merritt to determine exact dates, times, and space availability.


The current Learn to Row cost is $20.00. If you choose to join the club annual fees are $140.00 for sport rowers, and $160.00 for competitive rowers. The fees cover membership and insurance costs with the SRC and Canadian Rowing Association.


The SRC Adaptive Rowing Program is run entirely by volunteers. No experience is necessary. Thomas will work with prospective volunteers to provide training and guidance. The weekend before the LTR there will be a volunteer orientation workshop to introduce volunteers (disabled and fully-abled) to adaptive rowing, accessibility issues, water safety and coaching.

Ergometers (Rowing machines)

The SRC Adaptive Program has a pair of Concept2 Model D rowing machines accessible for use by individuals with a wide variety of disabilities. In the summer months, the "ergs" are located at the SRC boathouse. In the winter, erg workshops are held in conjunction with the Sudbury Independent Living Resource Centre in downtown Sudbury.

Rowing Schedule

Rowing will start in May and run until boathouse closing in October. Start and End dates are dependant upon weather and water temperatures. The number of participants, types of disabilities and volunteers will determine the rowing schedule. For details contact Thomas.


Racing opportunities are expanding for adaptive rowers provincially, nationally, and internationally. SRC Adaptive athletes will compete at the Canadian Indoor Racing Championship (CIRC) in February and at the Royal Canadian Henley regatta in August.


The SRC Adaptive Rowing Program has only been possible through the financial support of a number of organizations including the Ontario Ministry of Health Communities in Action Fund, the Paralympic Equipment Fund, and grants from RowOntario and Rowing Canada. For rowing and erging schedules, or to volunteer, contact Thomas Merritt:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 523-1929. 

Click here to download your Learn to Row application form.

Rowing Canada's Adaptive Rowing information page:www.rowingcanada.org/domestic_rowing/adaptive/

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