Introduction of Indoor Rowing

Indoor Rowing has becoming a popular sport in recent years and it has also become a single discipline of sport. Several international indoor rowing events, namely the 1st and 2nd and 5thAsian Machine Rowing Championships, Inter-port Invitational Championships, and Asian Inter-city Championships and Asian Universities Championships, were held in Hong Kong.

It makes no major difference in skills between indoor rowing and water rowing. Strength, endurance, and perseverance are the major quality of a rower.

At present, many schools, fitness centres, and clubhouses have already been equipped with rowing machines which brought a lot benefits to users and are available for different types of training. For any purchase of rowing machines, please visit the web site of “RowSport Asia Ltd.” as follows:

Competition & Activities

Competition Schedule:
June 24, 2023 66th Festival of Sport –Summer Indoor Rowing Festival
May 2-3, 2023 All Hong Kong Inter-Secondary Schools Competition – BOCHK Virtual Indoor Rowing Cup 2022-2023
March 25-26, 2023 2023 Hong Kong Rowing Indoor Championships & Charity Rowathon
August 13-14, 2022 64th Festival of Sport – Summer Rowing Festival
March 6-28, 2021 ROWSport 2021 Hong Kong Rowing Virtual Indoor Championships
June 20-28, 2020 63rd Festival of Sport – Rowing Challenge (Virtual Indoor Rowing Challenge)
May 4-5, 2020 Inter-School Indoor Rowing Competition (NT District) [Cancelled]
April 15-16, 2020 Inter-School Indoor Rowing Competition (HK & KLN District) [Cancelled]
March 4 – May 25, 2020 2020 Hong Kong Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints
March 21-22, 2020 2020 Hong Kong Rowing Indoor Championship and Charity Rowathon [Cancelled]
May 24-25, 2019 Inter-School Indoor Rowing Competition (HK & KLN District)
May 2-3, 2019 Inter-School Indoor Rowing Competition (NT District)
March 9-10, 2019 ROWSport 2019 Hong Kong Rowing Indoor Championship cum Charity Rowathon

Indoor Rowing Activity
July 23, 2023 Hong Kong Paralympic Day 2023 Hong Kong Sports Institute
July 9, 2023 “Epilepsy- Friendliness” Fun Festival PMQ
July 7, 2023 2023 School Sport programme Prize presentation Ceremony cum Carnival

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre

June 19, 2023 Indoor Rowing Instructor Course (2023IRI01) Jockey Club Sha Tin Rowing Centre

Indoor Rowing Instructor Video Learning Resources

Indoor Rowing Instructor Examination

Hong Kong Indoor Rowing Record


Structure of Ergo Machine (Model D)

Dimensions and Weight of Each Ergo Machine

  • Length: Around 250cm
  • Width: Around 60cm
  • Height: Around 75cm
  • Weight: Around 26kg
  • Max. Carrying Weight: Around 227kg


(a) Monitor

(b) Slide

Sliding Single

Set up as a sliding single, the indoor rower moves back and forth under you, more like rowing on the water. You get a quicker catch and can row at a higher stroke rate, because you aren’t moving your body mass—you are only moving the mass of the indoor rower.

Team Boat Slide

Connect Models C, D and/or E Indoor Rowers to create a team boat slide. A great training tool for coaches, creating a team boat slide makes your crew work together.

(c) Paper-Free Training Log

The paper-free way to keep track of your training, this smart card captures your workout data directly from your PM3 or PM4. Simply insert the LogCard into the monitor before your workout, and the monitor will store your workout data on the LogCard when you’re done.

(d) Heart Rate Sensor

Concept2 Performance Monitors are designed to receive and display heart rate data. It is not necessary to purchase a separate heart rate watch monitor if you simply want to view your heart rate on the PM. The PM will display your heart rate as long as you are wearing a compatible chest belt, and, if using a Polar H7 chest belt with a PM4, PM3, PM2 or PM2+, you install Concept2’s heart rate receiver and cable.

Universities Indoor Rowing Championships

University Indoor Rowing Championships was hosted by Hong Kong Universities Rowing Championships Organising Committee (HKURC) and the HKCRA will assist them to run it. It will be divided into seven stations at various universities. They are Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University of Hong Kong The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The Education University of Hong Kong. It will be held in January and ends in April every year. For more information, please keep attention on our site.

Indoor Rowing Development Scheme

Indoor Rowing continues to grow in popularity around the world, not only as an all-round fitness and exercise workout contributing to community health, but also as a competitive sport at different levels. It is a fun and challenging team sport that anybody can do it anywhere and anytime. Presented to you by Hong Kong, China Rowing Association and tailor-made to your needs, this scheme will bring you to the most exciting sport. It builds your strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as your physical health. It also eases your mind and helps you focus. What’s more? It can also boost team spirit and teamwork.

Indoor Rowing For Schools Programme

  • Background
  • Content
  • Supports offered by the Rowing Association
  • The Role of the Rowing Association
  • New & Past Participating School List
  • Outreaching Coaching Programme (Non-School Team Training)
Newsletter (10th issue)


Indoor rowing is a very good sport and activity for teenagers. It is very suitable to organize for students within the existing environment and setting of schools in Hong Kong. HKCRA has been very active in encouraging and assisting the development of rowing in secondary schools. Despite of the aim to identify potential athletes, the HKCRA organized the “Indoor Rowing for Schools Programme” since 2010 in order to encourage the development of indoor rowing in schools.

Supported by the “Sir David Trench Fund for Recreation”, the HKCRA is currently introducing the “Indoor Rowing for Schools Programme” (INRSP) to all secondary schools. Schools are encouraged to organize indoor rowing activities with tremendous support from the HKCRA.


The HKCRA will lease 4 sets of indoor rowing machines to the participating schools during the programme period. Schools can incorporate indoor rowing into P.E. lessons and organize variety of indoor rowing activities, e.g., regular fitness training, indoor rowing competitions, award scheme for regular participation, fitness test, and sports talent identification, etc.

School’s responsibility

  • Arrange regular indoor rowing activities at the school and encourage the use of indoor rowing machines in different courses and areas.
  • Participate Inter-School Indoor Rowing Championships held by the HKCRA and the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation or consider to take part in other inter-school competitions or inter-district tournament.
  • Encourage students to become indoor rowing competitions official, organizer and technician so that students can achieve all-round development.
  • Carefully handle and use the leased indoor rowing machines.

Supported by the HKCRA

  • Four sets of indoor rowing machines for school activities and training.
  • INRSP Workshop for school teachers/staff. Equipment maintenance, use of indoor rowing machines and organization of competitions are included in the Workshop.
  • Technical advices on training programme and indoor rowing development.

New & Past Participating School List


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