Program Overview

Port Rowing's mission is to teach and allow the opportunity for all to row. Our adaptive program currently works with teens with special needs, primarily those on the autism spectrum. The Adaptive Rower (AR) enters the program and is partnered with a peer mentor who is a current member of the youth program. The adaptive program teaches the basics of the stroke on the rowing ergometer, then the dry tank, and the rowing slides. During the program the AR also is taught basic body weight exercises and sretching routines.

The program is built on fun but repetitive structure to minimize variables for the AR. Upon apporval of the guardian, coach, and Port Rowing Partner the AR can enter tier 2 and is introduced to the water in a training shell.

Rowing is a repetitive motion that improves the cardiovascular fitness, strength, and mental acuity of an individual. It also improves the balance and coordination once the water is introduced. The program is limited in space and kept as a one on one situation to allow for the best experience for all. If you have questions or are interested in participating in the Port Rowing Adaptive Program, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Adaptive summer returns in June 2017. All groups will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 27 until August 3. Practices are 6 - 7:30pm at the Port Rowing boathouse.


Program fee is $375.

some adaptive team

Members of Adaptive Team Spring 2016