Enter the distance rowed and the time taken into the calculator to determine the rowing pace; this calculator can also evaluate any of the variables given the others are known.

Rowing Pace Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the rowing pace:

Pace = {D}/{T}


  • Pace is the rowing pace in meters per second (m/s)
  • D is the distance rowed in meters (m)
  • T is the time taken to row the distance in seconds (s)

To calculate the rowing pace, divide the distance rowed by the time taken to row the distance.

What is a Rowing Pace?

Rowing pace refers to the speed at which a rower or a rowing team is moving in the water. It is typically measured in strokes per minute (SPM) or time taken to row 500 meters (also known as split time). The lower the split time, the faster the pace. The pace can vary depending on the type of rowing (e.g., sprinting, long-distance rowing) and the rower’s fitness level and strategy. For instance, a rower might start at a fast pace to get ahead of competitors, then settle into a slower, more sustainable pace for the middle part of the race, and finally increase the pace again for a strong finish. Monitoring and controlling the rowing pace is crucial for maintaining energy throughout the race and achieving the best possible result.

How to Calculate Rowing Pace?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Rowing Pace.

  1. First, determine the distance rowed (meters).
  2. Next, determine the time taken to row the distance (seconds).
  3. Next, divide the distance rowed by the time taken to get the average speed (meters per second).
  4. Finally, convert the average speed to the rowing pace by taking the reciprocal (seconds per meter).
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem:

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

distance rowed (meters) = 1000

time taken (seconds) = 240