Discovering an Ability through Adaptive Rowing

For many reasons, adaptive rowing is great. From the first hand accounts of adaptive athletes, they love the camaraderie, challenge, focus, and freedom that the water offers. At BoardSafe, we aim to empower individuals to maximize their potential and for many disabled athletes, adaptive rowing or adaptive paddling does just that. 

Like many rowing centers across the globe, the Capital Rowing Club in Washington, DC has an adaptive rowing program replete with inspirational characters. One story that we came across was that of Joe Tezak, embodies why adaptive rowing is so great. Have a watch and get inspired!


US Rowing's Adaptive Rowing Centers and Adaptive Rowing Clubs in the U.S.

Whether you are looking for adaptive rowing club or just want to learn more, here is a list of U.S. Rowing's adaptive rowing centers throughout the nation. Below is a list of adaptive rowing programs in the United States, by state.

University of Alabama Adaptive Rowing
Tuscaloosa, AL


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What makes a dock a rowing dock?

Not all docks are created equal. As there are a multitude of outdoor activities that one can enjoy at a lake, river, marsh or other waterfront, there are a plethora of equipment options to help you enjoy those activities.

Rowing docks are docks especially designed for rowing, sculling, crewing or paddling. Often times rowing centers are built on lakes and rivers and managed by universities, rowing clubs, or government agencies (local municipalities, parks, etc.).

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What is low profile or freeboard for rowing docks?

Often, we receive phone calls "What is low profile or freeboard for rowing docks?"

rowing dock freeboardThose not familiar with rowing, sailing or other aquatic sports often ask, what is a low profile dock or what is freeboard? This is a very important quality of an aluminum floating dock for rowing centers and a vital consideration when designing a rowing center.

Imagine boarding or exiting a boat or a boat's cockpit. The larger the height differential between the rowing dock and the boat the more difficult it is to get in or out of a boat. Factor in a poorly designed floating dock that is unstable as well as a boat floating on choppy water. Moving from the dock to boat becomes increasingly difficult especially when the rower is squeezing into a narrow racing shell with other rowers also moving about. Rowing is best enjoyed without falling in!

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