At Abilities in Motion
We Promote & Encourage Inclusive Paddling
2022 Fundraising Goal
Adaptive paddle sessions
by Abilities In Motion
Our instructors work with participants to develop canoeing skills at the level and speed with which the paddlers are comfortable. Communication between the paddler, and/or the caregiver, enables us to know what the person wants and needs. Some paddlers are able to sit safely in the canoe and the instructor and volunteers paddle the boat, others sit in the bow or stern and learn skills.
During some canoeing sessions, we combine two canoes – we call it our canoemaran. This ensures extra safety as the canoes cannot be upturned. For non-ambulatory clients, we have transfer system from a wheelchair to a boat. Some clients have taken the Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayaking Association, (ORCKA), Safe Canoeing program which covers the safety and basics of canoeing.
We do offer an adaptive certification program so clients can work their way to ORCKA level 1 at their own speed. We embrace long term paddling development.
Our instructors work with participants to develop kayaking skills at the level and speed at which the paddlers are comfortable. We have a selection of kayaks with outriggers, not only to prevent capsize but to create confidence. The outriggers can be removed when the paddler is ready.
For comfort and support, we have an adaptive seat that will support a paddler, especially good for those with spinal injuries, specifically T5. Using our paddle holder, a person with one arm, or weak arm muscles, a paddling experience is enhanced. Our professional transfer system and user training ensures safe transfers from wheelchairs to kayak. We take time to ensure the paddler is comfortable in the boat.
Kayaking participants can choose to just enjoy being on the lake or participate in our adaptive certification program that leads to Paddle Canada Introduction to Sea Kayaking certification.