Rowing for the Visually Impaired

The Concept2 Indoor Rower and the Concept2 SkiErg are both terrific training options for visually impaired athletes. They offer safe and exhilarating fitness activities, and they provide a great way to train for rowing, skiing and other sports. Thanks to indoor racing, they also provide an opportunity for competition.


The following software and applications are available for use with Concept2 Indoor Rowers and SkiErgs to voice your performance data during your workouts.


ErgChatter is free PC software that gives a voice to your Performance Monitor (PM). As you use the indoor rower or SkiErg, ErgChatter announces your performance data at regular intervals. Visit for full details and to download the software.


Designed to run on iOS and Android devices, ErgData is a free application that provides additional statistics, stores and displays your workout results, and uploads your workouts to the Concept2 Online Logbook. If you are running iOS 7, ErgData will work with the VoiceOver features on your iOS device to announce your workout data. Running ErgData requires a connection kit (available from Concept2) to connect your iOS device to the indoor rower or SkiErg. Learn more about ErgData.

Note for Android Users: ErgData voice features are available for iOS devices only. The third party app, BoatCoach offers voice features for Android devices.


ErgBuddy is an application we developed for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. ErgBuddy offers many of the same features as ErgChatter plus additional capabilities like setting up workouts and more control over what is voiced.

With the release of ErgData, we are no longer actively developing ErgBuddy; however, ErgBuddy may still be suitable for you if you already own a Wahoo Key or cannot upgrade to iOS 7 to take advantage of ErgData's VoiceOver features. Learn more about ErgBuddy.


David Brown

Following a bombing that instantly blinded him, David Brown sought a sport he could do on his own. Enter indoor rowing and ErgChatter, which changed his life.


Aerial Gilbert

Aerial Gilbert lost her sight in 1988. A guide dog and her love of rowing let her reclaim independence and the active lifestyle she'd always known.


Mike Winegarden

Fitness author and creator of See Yourself Fit, Mike Winegarden is totally blind. An avid rower, Mike recommends Concept2 to all his clients.