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2014 Adaptive Rowing & Paddling

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Link to Adaptive Paddling Video

The Paralympic Sport Club Three Rivers provides opportunities for people ages 12+ with all abilities to train and enjoy the benefits of rowing at all levels. Three Rivers Rowing Association’s Adaptive Paddling offers athletes age 12+ with various disabilities, the chance to enjoy the fun, challenge, and relaxation experienced by all who have been "hooked" by dragon boating and outrigger canoeing.
TRRA works with people with various disabilities to help each athlete reach personal and competitive goals by using adaptive equipment and volunteer support, including people with:
- Physical Disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Amputations, Spinal Cord Injuries, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Parkinsons, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hemiplegia, Cystic Fibrosis, Fibromyaligia…etc
- Visual Impairments
- Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

Free Learn-to-Row Events
See dates listed here
*If you want to set up a one-day event for your organization, group, or camp please contact the office at or 412-231-8772

Rowing practices for the team are in June, July and August at TRRA’s Washington’s Landing boathouse.  Athletes attend 1-2 practices each week.
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm
Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Sundays 9:30-11:00am

Practices for the Dragon Boat team run from May 31 – July 31st @ TRRA’s Millvale Boathouse.
Saturdays 11:30am-1:30pm

Contact the office if you have questions or would like to join the team. or 412-231-8772

Non-racers pay $80 total for the summer season to practice once a week
Racers pay $90 total for the summer season to practice once a week, or can add a 2nd practice for $45
For athletes who wish to do 2 days rowing and 1 day paddling, the cost is an additional $45 ($180 total for the summer season)
There are scholarship opportunities for people who would be unable to participate because of the cost.

Rowing athletes are encouraged to attend these key races. Some require specific classifications, where others do not.

Paddling athletes are encouraged to attend these key races. There is no specific classification procedure for dragon boating at this time.

Para-Rowing athletes with visual impairment or FISA classified physical disabilities who want to compete in rowing at a higher level are encouraged to look at attending other races such as:

Para-Rowing/FISA Classifications:
*NOTE: If you are interested in going through the Para-Rowing classification procedure to race in local and national competitions, please contact Joy Nix. TRRA hosts 1-2 classification days each year.

See complete LTA-PD, LTA-VI, TA and AS classification information here

See ID classification information here

Interested in Volunteering?
Volunteers continue to serve as the backbone of our Adaptive Programs.  These men and women help in various ways. See this volunteer sheet for some of the things that you could help with at practices.

To get involved, start by filling out this online volunteer registration form and the TRRA office will get in touch with you to go over more details and answer any questions you have.

Who can participate?


12 years and above

Skill Level:

Novice to Elite

When is it?



Lambert Boathouse on

Washington's Landing


Tuesday 3:30 to 5:30pm, 6 to 8pm

Thursday 6 to 8pm

Sunday 9 to 11am

Paddling/Dragon Boating:
Saturday 11:30 to 1:30

Season Cost:

For those requesting financial assistance, a limited number of scholarships as well as volunteer discount credits are available

Military veterans will enjoy a 50% discount - please inform the office at the time of registering.

$80* for once a week

$90* for once a week

$135* for twice a week

$180* for twice a week & Paddling/Dragon Boating

*These programs are free to annual Boat & Facility members

Sign Up!

If you prefer to register by phone or mail, please call the office at 412-231-8772

If you have specific questions about adaptive paddling, please contact the paddling coach Judy Defeo at or call her directly at (412) 874-3299

Register Here