Adaptive rowing

Our adaptive rowing program offers rowing shells, instruction, and adaptations for rowing and sculling on the Connecticut River.

Learn to row or scull with Stephanie Moore of Holyoke Rows. Enjoy exercising on the Connecticut River, or train for competition.

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Adaptive rowing programs

A rower is sitting in a shell in the water next to a dock. A lifeguard on the dock is adjusting a cushion placed on the dock next to the rower. Another person is standing next to a wheelchair on the dock.

Adaptive rowing programs offer staff support and instruction.

Our adaptive rowing programs use specialized equipment, modifications, and adaptations to meet your needs while rowing or sculling. Instruction, adaptations, and staff support are all provided.

Adaptive rowing programs are offered on Thursdays by appointment, from April–October. To see the current program schedule and register for programs, please visit our adaptive program schedule. If you would like to get on our mailing list to find out about upcoming rowing opportunities, please contact us.

These programs are free, but you will need to pre-register and meet our essential eligibility criteria for rowing. Contact Holyoke Rows to register at or (413) 320-3134.

Adaptive equipment

A person wearing a thin lifejacket is sculling in a shell with outriggers on it.

Outriggers give more stability to shells on the water.

You can try rowing with one oar or sculling with two oars. Outriggers make your shell more stable in the water and help prevent tip-overs. Seats with high backs offer you more support.

A person is sculling in a shell with pontoons, reaching far forward. The shell has a seat with a high back.

This sculler is using a seat with a high back.

Double shells allow you to share a boat with an instructor, and single shells allow you to row on your own when you are ready. Experienced rowers can also join together in a team in shells with four or eight seats.

Two people are sculling in a double shell with outriggers on it.

These scullers are using a double shell.

The FrontRower allows you to row or scull while facing forward. You have three options for how to use the FrontRower: hands only, feet only, and hands and feet combined.

A person sits in a Frontrower in a shelll. The FrontRower is made of thin pieces of wood and raises the oars up to chest height. Footpedals attach to an arm that can move the oars.

Here you can see the foot pedals in the FrontRower that allow you to scull with your feet.

The FrontRower is comfortable and easier to use than conventional rowing or sculling. A large padded seat with backrest gives you comfort and support. Your oars lift and dip, feather and square, and return to the front automatically.

A sculler in a tandem shell sits forward in a FrontRower facing another sculler.

You can use the FrontRower on your own or in a double shell with another rower.

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