Adaptive Events

Updated July 18th, 2017

Adaptive races will be held on the full, 5000m, regatta course. There will be 3 2x races per the schedule below. There will be a mandatory Coaches & Coxswains meeting prior to racing on Sunday. The time and location will be announced prior to the regatta. Registration for the adaptive events will open on September 11th and close on October 17th. These events are open registration and will not be part of the lottery. Please contact the Hooch if you have any questions.


Race #TimeEvent
6511:25 amPara M/W/Mix LTA/LTA 2x
6611:26 amPara M/W/Mix TA/TA 2x
6911:27 amAdaptive M/W/Mix LTA//TA/AS 2x


Para M/W/Mix LTA & TA 2x Events –

Composition: These events are mixed gender crews made up of same classification athletes.

Classification: US Rowing OR FISA adaptive classifications ARE REQUIRED for this event. Provisional classifications will be considered by the Hooch Adaptive Coordinator.

Time adjustments: Time adjustments will be made according to the composition of the entry based on gender and adaptive classification.

Adaptive M/W/Mix LTA, TA, AS 2x Events –

Composition: This event is for mixed classifications of athletes including able bodied rowing partners. Athletes can row up a classification, but may not row down a classification. For example, an TA athlete can row in a LTA/LTA event, but a LTA athlete cannot row in an TA/TA event.

Classification: Official USRowing adaptive classifications are NOT required for this event, however, an adaptive rowing shell is required.

Time adjustments: Time adjustments will be applied according to the gender of the entry.


Time standard – Adaptive event competitors should be able to complete the 5000-meter course in 30 minutes or less.

Strapping & Time Adjustments – Guidelines for strapping and time adjustments are set by USRowing and can be found here.

Eyewear – Visually impaired athletes are required to wear light-blocking eyewear at all times while on the water. Oct. 20th – Removed per USRowing rule change.

Equipment – Minimum equipment requirements are listed on the FISA Para-Rowing landing page, here.

Rules of Racing – All adaptive rowers are expected to follow the Head of the Hooch Rules of Racing.


There are two options for para athletes to launch:

Option 1: Standard Launch – Ross’ Landing – MAP

Adaptive athletes will launch from the venue launch docks at Ross’ Landing. There will be a staging area near the launch dock (next to the Control Commission tent). Upon completion of the race, adaptive athletes will recover from the venue recovery docks at Ross’ Landing.

Option 2: Upriver Launch – Girls Preparatory School – MAP

Adaptive athletes will launch from the Girls Preparatory School (GPS) dock about 2000 m up river from the venue launch docks. Teams may provide volunteers to row equipment from the venue launch docks at Ross’ Landing to the GPS dock OR they may stage their equipment at the GPS dock. Volunteers or athletes may row adaptive equipment back to the GPS dock after completing a race.

The Head of the Hooch WILL NOT be providing boat tents, slings, or a trailer at the GPS dock and teams will need to bring their own equipment for staging in the GPS area. Please note, also, that bringing a trailer back into the venue following completion of the race will not be permitted.


The Hooch requires all adaptive rowers to be classified prior to regatta weekend to calculate the correct time adjustments. Provisional classifications should be reviewed by the Adaptive Coordinator.

TA (Trunk and Arms)

Rowers unable to use a sliding seat are considered TA participants. Typical disabilities include bilateral knee amputation or a complete lesion at vertebrate L3.

AS (Arms and Shoulders)

Individuals with lesions at vertebrate T12 or cerebral palsy Class 4 are included in the AS category and typically have minimal or no trunk function.

LTA (Legs, Trunk, Arms)

LTA-PD (physical disability) participants typically have a minimal disability of amputation, incomplete lesion at vertebrate S1, or cerebral palsy Class 8. LTA-B classification is reserved for individuals with a minimum of 10% visual impairment. You can find more information regarding classifications at the following sites; USRowing Adaptive Guidelines and FISA Adaptive Guidelines

LTA-ID (Intellectual Disability) Though FISA and USRowing continues to define this classification, rowers with intellectual and developmental disabilities not outlined above are welcome.  Please contact the Hooch Adaptive Coordinator for consideration


Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each event. If there are only three entries in a race, only Gold and Silver will be awarded, and if there are only two entries in a race, only Gold will be awarded. The adaptive rowing awards ceremony will take place at 1:30 pm at the Adaptive Rowing Hospitality Tent.


The Adaptive Rowing Program is one of Chattanooga Rowing’s charitable endeavors. It is intended to provide members of the community who, because of physical or cognitive challenges, might not otherwise experience our sport. As much as the program benefits those with special needs, we are a means for volunteers and other organizations to accomplish their goals of serving this most deserving group of athletes.

Chattanooga Rowing partners with the Therapeutic Recreation department of the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department to identify interested participants.

A unique feature of the program is teaching caregivers to row with their charges whenever possible. This allows them not only to enjoy the sport but also to be more than a bystander. For more information contact Jack Fish at Chattanooga Rowing.


Working with local individuals and organizations the Atlanta Rowing Club has offered a rowing experience to the community of Atlanta since 1974. Today, the club looks forward to extending membership to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities through its Southeastern Adaptive Sculling (SEAS) Initiative.

On October 16, 2011, Atlanta Rowing Club announced that it will be working with a small group of adaptive rowers in the spring. In 2016, ARC expanded its program through a grant from the Neilsen Foundation. The grant funded outreach to 35 disabled athletes.  In 2017, ARC Adaptive began collaborating with Blaze Sports America and expanded its program to juniors and Veterans.

Please see our official donation page. Donations will be used to support travel to and from the event for qualified athletes.  To contact them about contributions, email For all other inquiries contact us at