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Adaptive Paddling Workshops

Duration: 4-days for instructors & outfitters, 2-days for students with disabilities

Dallas, Texas, 4/2006 These workshops are designed to provide instructors, outfitters, recreation program providers, and rehabilitation professionals with the information they need to integrate paddlers with disabilities into their programs.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a person may not be excluded from a program just because they have a disability. Instructors need to be prepared to integrate persons with disabilities into their programs.

The workshop includes how to compensate for a paddlers loss of function due to disability, how to adapt equipment and instruction and how to focus on the paddlers ability. This course includes a classroom and hands on learning, a pool session and open water paddling.

For people with a diability who are interested in paddling this is a great opportunity to receive a two day introduction to kayaking with all the adaptations they need and high quality instruction. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

All completing this workshop receive a certificate of completion. ACA certified paddling instructors receive the Adaptive Paddling Endorsement upon completion of this 4 day workshop and also ACA Update credit applied to their paddling instructor certification.

2014 Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW) Schedule

Schedule as PDF (57KB)

May 15-18, 2014 New Haven, CT hosted by New Haven Parks, Recreation and Trees
Contact: Martin Torresquintero (, 203-946-6768).

June 5-8, 2014 Durham, NH hosted by Northeast Passage
Contact: Crystal Skahan (, 603-862-0070).

June 26-29, 2014 Akron, OH hosted by University of Akron
Contact: Chris John (, 330-972-7357).

Plus 6 APWs that will be held with specific groups of instructors.

For more information contact Janet Zeller at


For more information send mail to:

You can also call us at:
(425) 246 2033



Creating Ability in Chatfield, MN is offering Adaptive Paddling equipment like easily adaptible seats and hand grips.