Visually Impaired Rowers click here

Please note, during COVID we are rowing in solo boats and have strict protocols to keep all of our members safe in these difficult times.

Adaptive Rowing / Sculling Program

BIAC currently has a few options for individuals looking to begin adaptive or para rowing or sculling. We offer individual coaching for adaptive athletes by Coach Chuck Bonnici, as well as Everybody Rows (Erows) classes on Wednesday and Friday mornings. These are technical sculling classes with a bit of cardio. Members row at their own pace and are given individual coaching attention. A participant describes the sessions as "...specific to each person's needs," appreciating Alice's ability to "find a solution to that specific problem."

For more information, or if you are interested in learning to row, contact our Adaptive Director Chuck Bonnici. New adaptive rowers normally have three private lessons and then are ready to join the team. Ready to sign up for the group lesson Everybody Rows (Erows)? Book here

To learn more about Adaptive Rowing at BIAC, please contact Coach Chuck.

Comprehensive information about this sport is available through the USRowing website. Adaptive Rowing on the USRowing site is here.

SCI Adaptive Rowing

USRowing in partnership with the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s Quality of Life Grant, selected BIAC as one of five clubs in the USA to participate. The goal of the grant is to increase the number of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) who row for exercise, recreation, and competition across the United States.

BIAC is kicking off our program with open house events to introduce potential new rowers to our adaptive coaches and the boathouse; you will be able to work 1-on-1 with a coach on an erg and learn how to adapt it to your individual abilities. For those interested in rowing on the water, you will be able to ask questions about the boats, equipment, and BIAC’s adaptive program. Please click into the Open House date on the calendar below to sign up!

2022 Saturday, August 13 Adaptive Rowing Open House

Click a date below to see full event details and register.

The Open House is FREE to all. Please register to help us plan attendance.

Dates  SessionsTimes
August 13, Saturday Session 110:00am - 1:00pm

Weekly erg sessions will be available for local participants, and water classes will be scheduled in warmer months. To learn more about the program, please contact Coach Kerry.

Freedom Rows

Rowing for Disabled Veterans

BIAC is part of Freedom Rows, a program that provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled veterans and members of the armed forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.

Local outreach includes working with the Palo Alto VA, The Riekes Center, and going to events such as the Valor Games.

Paralympic Team

BIAC members Russell Gernaat and Laura Goodkind have been working with Coach Alice in PR2 Mixed 2X. They placed 8th at the 2019 World Championship and have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics! To follow their journey, follow them on Instagram @tokyobound2mx2x

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