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Adaptive Rowing - Elder Rowing - Boarding System

Adaptive Rowing
Some adaptive rowing programs are oriented toward racing, and use equipment that will meet the rules specified by the Adaptive Rowing Commission of the international rowing federation (FISA).

The disabilities classification system used assumes that all rowers have the use of their arms and shoulders, and the qualifying physical disabilities are in the trunk or legs.

But there are people (hemiplegics, quadriplegics and amputees) who do not have the use of their arms and shoulders and cannot row with conventional oars.  They are effectively excluded from adaptive rowing programs.
Many of these severely disabled individuals may not be interested in competitive racing, but do have a need for exercise and recreation that rowing could provide.  If the goal of a rowing program is to get a broader range of disabled individuals on the water for exercise and recreation, there is non-regulation equipment that will make it easier.
The transfer board is attached to the riser and extends out over the gunwales of the boat, stabilizing it during the boarding process. 
Contact Ron Rantilla for information on the boarding system. 

Boarding system video
Hemiplegic rowing video
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The FrontRower™ rowing system uses the power of any two (or more) limbs.

For arm and shoulder disabilities, the rower uses the legs.

For leg disabilities, the rower uses the arms.  The pedals are independent, so you steer by taking longer strokes on one side. 

For paralysis on one side of the body (hemiplegia) the rower uses one arm and one leg. The good arm operates the oar on the good side of the body, while the good leg operates the oar on the opposite side. (This requires the adaptation of rerouting the leg power rope to the opposite oar.)

It also accommodates localized weakness allowing partial use or range of motion in the weak limb.

The FrontRower's forward facing position makes everything easier, because it eliminates the need to twist around to see where you are going.

The FrontRower is designed for use in ordinary canoes. Canoes are more stable than shells and do not require outboard pontoons or stabilizers. This makes them easier to board because there are no overhanging riggers to get in the way.
Elder Rowing
Rowing with a FrontRower™ is great exercise for older people.
Many older individuals would like to enjoy being on the water and getting good exercise, but are not agile or strong enough to use conventional sculling equipment.
Rowing at ninety
The FrontRower™ system can allow older people new to the sport to take up rowing or experienced rowers to continue rowing after conventional rowing has become too difficult.
FrontRower rowing has a short learning curve, as demonstrated in the video above showing a ninety year old non-rower out for the first time.
Boarding System

For boarding, the two step riser with transfer board shown in the video below enables many wheelchair bound rowers to board and exit under their own power.
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