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Adaptive Rowing & Paddling

Three Rivers Rowing Adaptive Programs offer athletes age 12+ with disabilities (VI – visually impaired, PD – physical disabilities, ID – intellectual disabilities,  HIP – hearing impaired persons) the chance to enjoy the fun, challenge, and relaxation experienced by all who have been “hooked” by the sports of rowing and paddling. The program location, on the Allegheny River near downtown Pittsburgh, also affords participants and volunteers the opportunity to explore the revitalized waterways and shoreline of our beautiful city.

Practices for the team are in June, July and August. 
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm – Rowing at Washington’s Landing Boathouse
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm – Rowing at Washington’s Landing Boathouse (Emphasis on TA/AS 1x/2x training)
Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm – Rowing at Washington’s Landing Boathouse
Saturday 11:00am-1:00pm – Dragon Boating at Millvale Boathouse
Sundays 9:15-11:00am – Rowing at Washington’s Landing Boathouse (Emphasis on 4+ training)
Sundays, as scheduled – Outrigger Canoeing at Millvale Boathouse

You can see the Adaptive Google Calendar of Events here

Those who wish to join TRRA’s competitive adaptive and VI programs are encouraged to practice twice per week. Our elite rowers have won numerous titles in regional, national, and international competition. TRRA’s adaptive team competes against other adaptive teams from across the country and around the world at annual races like The Bayada Regatta in Philadelphia, the Henley Regatta in St. Catherine’s Ontario, and Pittsburgh’s own fall classic Head of the Ohio. We usually attend the following races each year:

Three Rivers Regatta Dragon Boat Races
Pittsburgh, PA

North Allegheny Indoor Championship
Pittsburgh, PA

Bayada Regatta
Philadelphia, PA

Cleveland Dragon Boat Race
Cleveland, OH

Head of the Ohio
Pittsburgh, PA

Head of the Charles
Boston, MA

Interested in Volunteering? 
Volunteers continue to serve as the backbone of our Adaptive Programs.  These men and women help in various ways including, but not limited to:

  • Helping adaptive rowers get in/out of the boats
  • Rowing as a guide to lead blind athletes in singles/doubles for practices/races
  • Bowing boats with an adaptive athlete for practices/races
  • Sitting next to an adaptive paddler to provide instruction/hand-over-hand instruction as needed.
  • Helping provide coaching for athletes on the water, on land and indoors
  • Talking to families while athletes are on the water training
  • Carrying equipment to/from the docks
  • Providing logistical support on the docks and at regattas

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Director of Outreach Sam Finigan.

Rowing Classifications:
1) Legs, Trunk, Arms (LTA), for athletes who are able to use at least one leg, their trunk, and their arms, and for those with visual impairments or cognitive impairments.  LTA athletes typically row in standard sculling or sweep shells with sliding seats, with the option of adding pontoons for extra stability. The LTA Mixed 4+ is the focus in this category for international competition.
2) Intellectual Disabilities (ID), for athletes who meet the eligibility criteria established by the International Sports Federation for Persons with an Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID) and have completed the athlete eligibility application and have been issued with a INAS-FID Athletes Card.  The ID Mixed 4+ is the focus in this category for international competition.
3) Trunk and Arms (TA), for athletes who are able to use only their trunk muscles.  The shells used by these athletes generally have fixed seats and pontoons for added stability, and sculling is most common. The TA Mixed 2x is the focus in this category for international competition.
4) Arms and Shoulders (AS), for athletes with limited trunk control.  The shells these athletes row have fixed seats and pontoons for stability, and the rower is strapped to the fixed seat both at the waist and at the upper chest level, to allow only shoulder and arm movements. The AS1x for men and women is the focus in this category for international competition.

Link to Adaptive Rowing Video

Adaptive Paddling Classifications: Paddling classification is to allow for competition against other teams or individual athletes with a comparable number of points as determined by evaluation of functional ability specific to the sport. Utilization of a classification system allows athletes from the following five different disability groups in the Paralympic movement: 1) Amputation and other limb impairments – athletes in this group have at least one major joint or part of a limb missing (i.e. elbow, wrist, knee, ankle) or functional impairment equivalent to amputation 2) Cerebral palsy – athletes in this group have impaired coordination and muscle tone. This group includes those with cerebral palsy, in addition to stroke, head injury, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Fredrich’s Ataxia and several others 3) Visual Impairment – this group includes athletes with any condition that impairs their vision 4) Spinal Cord Injuries – athletes with acquired spinal cord injury, spina bifia 5) Les Autres – a group which includes all those that do not fit into the aforementioned groups.

Link to Adaptive Paddling Video

Who can participate?

Age: 10 years and above
Skill Level: Novice to Elite

Experience Rowing & Paddling (ERAP) Programs

Enjoy the beauty and excitement of dragon boating or rowing. Choose one of our package programs or customize to fit your groups needs. Great for an addition to a summer camp, hands on experience for your school science class or for entertaining a group of professional convention visitors.
Paddling is easy to do and a cool way to give people of all ages an adventure they will remember.

Call 412-231-8772

Dragon Boating
Groups of 14 – 40
Stable, easy, intense and fun, dragon boating is an instant success. Participants learn the basic dragon boating technique and get to test their new skills in various drills and competitions.

Indoor Tank and Erg Racing
Groups of 10 – 32
Cold, snowy, raining or have a group that is not ready for the open water? Get your ERAPP experience indoors in our state of the art rowing tanks and rowing machines (ergs). Learn the basics of rowing or paddling, pick team names and let the competitive spirit fly.

Take the Next Step!

Contact TRRA and set up your custom adventure today!