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Established 1989

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Learn To Row registration is OPEN!

Register now! April sessions are filling up fast.

Learn to Row is a half day instructional session which introduces new adult rowers to the sport of rowing on the Cuyahoga River. WRRA instructors will teach the basics of the sport of rowing, river safety, rowing terminology, and boat handling. Participants will receive instruction on basic rowing technique using a stationary rowing machine (erg), and a 90 minute on-the-water practice, rowing as a crew of eight.

LTR sessions are prerequisites for first time rowers interested in joining Summer Rowing League or Veterans/Military Rowing League.

2018 Meet & Greet

Are you curious about rowing? Have you been rowing and want to advance to another level? Do you think you "can't" row? Western Reserve Rowing Association invites you to join us at our annual Meet and Greet session to learn about this year's rowing opportunities, have your questions answered and meet current rowers and coaches. This year's Meet and Greet will be held on February 28, 2018 at Sainato's at Rivergate (1852 Columbus Rd., Cleveland) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The rowing season is just around the corner. Join us at the Meet and Greet so you can be prepared to experience Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River from a rower's perspective.

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Western Reserve Rowing Engages Veterans, Military and Disabled Communities Through Expanded Outreach Programs

CLEVELAND, Feb. 1, 2018 -- Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA), Cleveland’s premier adult rowing club, continues its legacy as a trailblazer for community inclusion by announcing the latest additions to its outreach rowing programs: Veterans Rowing Leagues and Pararowing. The new programs offer teamwork, camaraderie, and exercise to new and experienced adult rowers across all abilities, ages, and skill levels. “We have offered a variety of rowing options for Clevelanders for 29 years. We embrace the diversity of our community and all it brings to the sport of rowing. Because the best way our club works is everybody in. Nobody out,” says WRRA president Victoria Anders.

The new WRRA offerings are:

Veterans Rowing League, a 15-week program that teaches the basics of sweep rowing in a coed team setting for those interested in a fun and challenging training program with the goal of competing at appropriate levels as skills progress in an eight-person boat. Participants start by learning the basics of the rowing stroke and join experienced military and veteran rowers as confidence and capabilities improve. The program is open to BK (below-the-knee) amputees given the nature of the program.

Pararowing is a rowing, or sculling, program developed for military and non-military participants with disabilities and includes indoor and on-water rowing for fitness, competing, and recreation in sculling boats meant for one or two rowers. Experienced staff and volunteers adjust the equipment for each boat so the capabilities of each participant are maximized. Coaching is provided both on and off the water, and each participant is monitored on the water by a coach in a motorized boat. Adaptations to equipment are made for disabilities, such as: BK (below-the-knee), AK (above-the-knee) amputees.

  • A military discount would apply to eligible Military/Veterans who register for Veterans/Military programs.
  • Military Program Eligible: Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reservists, Veterans/Service-disabled Veterans, Gold Star adult family members.

“We are very excited for this new initiative and we are confident it will be a success with our knowledgeable membership. Donations and community support are an important aspect of any new action like this. Information about how to get involved can be found at, www.westernreserverowing.com/outreach,” says Megan O’Donnell Patton, Director of Community Engagement and Development, Western Reserve Rowing Association.

About WRRA

The Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with over 500 members that offers a variety of membership and rowing program options aimed at developing and maintaining a diverse membership of adults of all ages. WRRA is affiliated with the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) and a member of USRowing, the governing body for the sport of rowing in the U.S.