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Adaptive Rowing - Elder Rowing - Boarding System
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
State-of-the-art forward facing rowing
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