Adaptive Rowing Classification

Rowers with a disability who want to race either indoor or on the water will need to go through British Rowing’s classification system.  

Rowers who want to race either indoors or on the water need to go through British Rowing’s classification process to get an adaptive or Para-rowing classification.

British Rowing adopts the International Rowing Federation (World Rowing) Para-Rowing system of classification which places rowers into sport classes according to how much their impairment impacts rowing.

This video from the British Paralympic Association explains the importance of classification to Para sport.

These internationally recognised classes for rowing are:

  • PR3-PI (Physical Impairment)
  • PR3-VI (Visual Impairment)
  • PR2
  • PR1

Rowers who have a disability but do not meet the Para-Rowing eligibility criteria may be eligible for an Adaptive Rowing Classification.  These classes are accepted at events that offer Adaptive Rowing Competition

  • AR3-PI (Physical Impairment)
  • AR3-LI (Learning Impairment)
  • AR2
  • AR1

A classified Para-rower can race in the corresponding Adaptive Rowing event, but an athlete with an Adaptive Rowing classification cannot race as a British Rowing classified Para-rower.

Adaptive and ParaRowing classifications tableIndoor Adaptive Rowing page.

Applying for Adaptive Classification

If you would like more information around applying for adaptive classification, please see this document.

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How to get a classification

First, register your interest and and get more information about classification by emailing us at

Then, make sure you send all Medical Diagnostic Forms and supporting medical documentation to the British Rowing Head of Classification at least 30 days before the classification date (see below) at

For any enquiries related to classification, please contact Simon Goodey (Head of Classification) on

Classification dates
DateVenueLocation Details
Saturday, 6 April 2024Peterborough City RCLocation
Sunday, 23 June 2024 Maidenhead RCLocation
Saturday, 2 November 2024 London Regatta CentreLocation
Saturday, 6 April 2024
Peterborough City RC
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Sunday, 23 June 2024
Maidenhead RC
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Saturday, 2 November 2024
London Regatta Centre
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