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Adaptive Paddling

 Adaptive Paddling

Designed for novice and experienced paddlers ages 12+.

Three Rivers Rowing Adaptive Programs offer athletes with disabilities the chance to enjoy the fun, challenge, and relaxation experienced by all who have been “hooked” by the sports of rowing and paddling/dragon boating. 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.

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.

The Adaptive Paddling Team practices Saturdays 11am-1pm. *There will not be practice on July 2nd. 

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

To get involved fill out this online volunteer registration form

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.

Who can participate?

Age: 12 years and above
Skill Level: Novice to Elite

 *For more information about our 2017 programs please contact our Director of Outreach Samantha Finigan