Rowing | Every Body Moves

Anyone can take part in adaptive rowing and it is a sport that can offer an array of physical and mental benefits.

Rowing can bring a great sense of freedom when you are on the water and is also a great way to stay fit, get strong, and build friendships.

What is Rowing?

Rowing is a sport that can be enjoyed recreationally or competitively both on the land (indoor rowing) and on water. On the water, individuals can either SCULL (one oar in each hand) or ROW (using one oar only). Sculling can be done individually or in crews of 2, 4 or even 8 rowers. Rowing is always done in crew boats, in crews of 2, 4, 6 or 8. Sometimes these are steered by a COXSWAIN (often shortened to "cox" is responsible for steering the boat and coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers using instructions) although increasingly, smaller boats (2/4 rowers) are steered by a rower who has a rudder attached to one of his / her shoes.

Who can take part in Rowing?

Anyone can take part in rowing; there are classifications which allow individuals with almost any disability to be catered for.

Things you might need to get started

Clubs will be able to provide all the equipment you need to get started.

If you are rowing outdoors then dress appropriately (contact your local club for more information).

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Find out more

British Rowing are the national governing body for the sport in the UK:

Check out Stratford upon Avon Boat Club:


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