Rowing for People with Hearing Impairments.

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

What: TRFA and the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) have partnered to create this program utilizing a staff from both organizations that can sign.. Staff will teach the rowing and paddling techniques so that participants can effectively row and paddle.

When: Classes for the TSD meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 throughout the academic school year. If you are interested in creating a group of hearing impaired rowers please contact us at tony@texasrowingcenter.com and we will check on availability of coaches and dock space.

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: TRFA coaches will help make all hearing impaired rowers as successful as they can be. Our coaches will guide them by focusing their attention to visual cues, the rhythm of the boat and each rowing stroke of the person in front of them. As their skills advance, and upon the coaches discretion, they may have the opportunity to participate in local 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.

 

Rowing for People with Visual Impairments

Who: All blind or visually people regardless of age, experience or athletic ability.

What: TRFA and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired have had a long and successful relationship and have created a rowing program specifically for the blind and visually impaired. Coaches will teach the rowing and paddling techniques so that participants can effectively row and paddle. Coaches will help participants learn how to row by the feel and sounds of the boat, oars, and water.

When: TRFA is developing programs with the Division of Blind Services (DBS) to make programs for various age groupings. We will update the information as soon as we confirm our dates and times. If you are interested in this program or would like more information,  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: Participants can become proficient rowers, the experience tends to build self-confidence and  independence while having fun and increasing athleticism on the water. “Rowing in the front of the boat, this is the first time that I've been able to lead somebody else, usually everyone is leading me.” Matt, a blind rower at TRFA.

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.