ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop

Friday, May 17, 2024 - Sunday, May 19, 2024
All Day

Bellview Aquatic Center
450 110th Avenue NE
Bellview, WA, 98004

One of two Instructor Endorsements within the American Canoe Association (ACA) Universal Paddling Program, Adaptive Paddling Workshops (APWs) provide the information necessary to seamlessly integrate individuals with physical disabilities into outdoor recreation programs in the context of paddlesports. This ACA credentialing program is truly the gold standard accreditation for adaptive paddlesports instruction.

APWs focus on five key topics: (1) Language, Etiquette and Interaction, (2) The Legal Context, (3) Cultivating Seamless Integration, (4) Adaptive Outfitting Concepts & Goals, and (5) Mechanics of Adaptive Outfitting for Paddlesports. APWs involve hands-on learning in a classroom and in calm, protected waters.

Craig H. Neilsen foundation funded Adaptive Expeditions to provide this APW, and the course will focus on outfitting design that enables paddlers with disabilities resulting from spinal cord injury (SCI) to paddle with greater comfort, safety, and performance potential.

Huge thanks to our partners, REI and City of Bellevue, for help coordinating logistics, recruiting participants, and donating equipment and facilities.

Cost share for instructor endorsement candidates = $200
Instructor endorsement candidates register here. 

On the final day of the APW, newly trained instructors will work with participants with physical disabilities resulting from SCI to design and build adaptive seating and other adaptive outfitting into kayaks or SUP that enable participants with physical disabilities to paddle with greater comfort, safety, and performance potential. During the second half of the day, we will paddle together in the pool and test how well each design and build works on the water. It is a very fun day!

Cost for paddlers with physical disabilities resulting from spinal cord injury = $0

Call Joe at 843.637.7369 or email to register as a paddler with a physical disability resulting from SCI to join us on May 19 from 9:00am until 4:30pm.