Special Education High School Rowing Program

Who: High school students with intellectual disabilities or other learning related special needs.

What: This is an introduction to rowing. Our coaches will teach the students rowing techniques, skills and terminology. After successfully completing this program and graduating from high school, the students will have the opportunity to join the adult intellectual disability crew called the “Dangerous Athletes” (named by the crew members). Additionally, participating students may be eligible to receive physical education credit at their school.

When: Program dates and times will be set based on the availability of the prospective participants and the TRFA coaches. If you would like to sign-up or if a school would like to start a program, please contact us at tony@texasrowingcenter.com.

Where: All programs are offered at the Texas Rowing Center on beautiful Lady Bird Lake on the North side of the Hike and Bike trail, directly behind Austin High School. Please go to the Map and Directions link for more information.

Why: This program will give participants the opportunity to work as a team, improve physical fitness, and gain a sense of accomplishment.

Pricing: TRFA offers sliding-fee pricing based on ability to pay. Memberships are usually six-weeks or six-months in duration, but we will work with you to build a membership length that best matches your needs.

 

Dangerous Athletes Rowing Crew

Who: Individuals with intellectual disabilities or other learning related special needs.

What: This program, name chosen by the crew members, is coached by Debbie McDiarmid who employs exciting strategies and rowing technique skill building, as well as a healthy dose of motivation to move the crew forward. This crew includes both novice athletes as well as athletes learning to row, and competitive athletes who have been identified as  “high performance” athletes by the United States Rowing's National Adaptive Team coach.

When: The crew meets Mondays and Tuesdays in the afternoon to row and train as a unified team. Please contact us at tony@texasrowingcenter.com if you are interested in joining this program.

Where: All programs are offered at the Texas Rowing Center on beautiful Lady Bird Lake on the North side of the Hike and Bike trail, directly behind Austin High School. Please go to the Map and Directions link for more information. The Dangerous Athletes crew can often be found rowing on Lady Bird Lake under the Congress Bridge, home to 1.5 million Mexican Free Tail bats!

Why: This program will give participants the opportunity to work as a team, improve physical fitness, and gain a sense of accomplishment by skulling in singles, doubles, quads and occasionally sweep in practices and compete/race in local, regional and national regattas.

Pricing: TRFA offers sliding-fee pricing based on ability to pay. Memberships are usually six-weeks or six-months in duration, but we will work with you to build a membership length that best matches your needs.

 

Rock the Boat

Who: All people with intellectual disabilities regardless of age, experience or athletic ability.

What: TRFA and The Austin Parks & Recreation McBeth Center have partnered to create this program. It is a paddling program (kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding) designed to give you an introductory hands-on experience.

When: One day per week for six weeks in the Spring (April-May) and Fall (September-October). Please go to the Events tab to get an update on the timing of the next sessions. If you would like to join a program, please contact us at tony@texasrowingcenter.com.

Where: All programs are offered at the Texas Rowing Center on beautiful Lady Bird Lake on the North side of the Hike and Bike trail, directly behind Austin High School. Please go to the Map and Directions link for more information.

Why: Paddling is a safe and effective tool used to develop the skills of teamwork, discipline, wellness, recovery and self-responsibility.

Pricing: TRFA offers sliding-fee pricing based on ability to pay.