Manuela Diening, PR1 Women’s Single Sculls, Germany, 2023 World Rowing Championships, Belgrade, Serbia © Detlev Seyb / MyRowingPhoto.com

Para-Rowing Classification

Para-Rowing Classification Documents and Information

Athletes seeking an international classification must first be pre-classified in order to determine eligibility and the sport class. Athletes that need to be pre-classified are required to submit World Rowing medical diagnostic forms and additional medical documents to World Rowing for evaluation. Until 2017 this has been done via email, but from now on the documents must be directly uploaded to the new World Rowing Online Classification Portal. The Online Portal indicates the required documents that must be provided to be pre-classified for an impairment. Note that the Chief Classifier will only be notified to perform the pre-classification once all the required forms have been uploaded. The Portal also serves as a secure environment to store the athletes’ medical data.

Access to the Portal is restricted to the World Rowing member federations. Instructions have been sent to the federations on how to use this new system. If these have not reached the federation yet, please contact World Rowing: databases@worldrowing.com

Classification Eligibility Guide

World Rowing has created an online tool to help potential para athletes determine their eligibility for para rowing and to give an indication of what sport class they may be eligible for. The online tool is available here

Please be advised that the tool provides an indication only. The actual sport class can only be determined after pre-classification and consequently international classification by a World Rowing panel before an event.

For any questions regarding classification please contact: classification@worldrowing.com

Classification Documents

Classification Medical Diagnostics Forms


Complete inclusion of adaptive (Para) rowing is only 1000M ahead – click here.
– Tomislav Smoljanovic and the World Rowing Medical Commission

Capsize and recovery drill by British Rowing – Video

If you are interested in hosting a coaching workshop, please contact Simon Goodey at simon.goodey@worldrowing.com. If you are interested in hosting a classification workshop, please contact classification@worldrowing.com.


Coaching and Technical Documents

World Rowing Standard Design Para Rowing Boats  (Reference Rule 28 General aspects, a.ii.)
As outlined in the current World Rowing Rules of Racing, the Standard Design for Para Rowing boats is available upon request from World Rowing.
Such requests can be made to: prateek.gumbar@worldrowing.com