Our Adaptive Programs 

Welcome to the Abilities In Motion program, and thank you for choosing us for your adaptive paddling needs. Our organization was created to ensure everyone from all walks of life has the ability to enjoy the benefits of on-water recreational activities. Our programs have been running for 21 years in Alliston, ON, and more recently, 4 years in London, ON. We plan to fully launch a new location at Cherry Beach in Toronto, ON in 2022 thanks to our partnership with Toronto SUP & Kayak, this year (2021) we will be holding fundraising events to ensure our program will operate at full capacity for years to come.

One of our goals is to provide equipment, training, and programing to existing kayak and SUP rental companies across the country. Our programs have set the foundation to creating inclusive on-water recreational environments anywhere in Canada. 

We have experience working with a variety of disabilities, and cater to everyone including but not limited to:

Physical Disabilities 

  • Paraplegia

  • Quadriplegia

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Hemiplegia

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Absent limb/reduced limb function

  • Dystrophy

  • Polio

Intelectual & Learning Disabilities

 

Psychiatric Disabilities

Blind | Partially Sighted

Deaf | Deafened | Hard of Hearing

 

Neurological Disabilities

If you have any questions or need to get in touch with our team, please click below. 

Program Locations

Forms & Waivers

It is very important that you fill out your registration online, and completely fill out your waiver. Please bring your waiver with you to your first paddle of the season. Failure to do so will, unfortunately, result in loss of participation until the forms are complete. 

Here are some ways to make sure we can all get out on the water right away:  

Complete your form online by clicking the "registration" button

Please fill out the waiver by clicking "waiver". Bring this waiver with you to your first paddle of the season with us. (The document must be assessed by a volunteer on-site)

 

Adaptive canoeing

 

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.

 

 

Adaptive Kayaking

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.  

 

Adaptive Stand Up Paddleboarding

 

Coming Soon!