What is Adaptive Paddling
Simply put Adaptive Paddling is a modification to a
kayak or canoe or paddle that will enable a person with
a disability to participate in paddling activities.
All participants must meet the ( Essential Eligibility Criteria ) EEC . EEC may vary from outfitter to outfitter but may refuse to allow a disabled person to participate in an activity due to a disability
All Kayaker's are Interviewed to determine if they require any assistance or modification to the boat and or kayak. Adaptive paddling is about applying the LEAST amount of change to equipment OR instruction. to provide the safest and most enjoyable time on the water.
A modification may consist of support or paddling for a residual limb, reconstructing the seat for providing needed torso and upper body or neck support, a paddle grip modification to allow for holding the paddle.
Modifications can be made of various types of foam, duct tape, bicycle inner tubes, boat fender or crab trap buoys, plastic chairs, PVC tubing and a little imagination.
AT NO TIME SHOULD SOMEONE BE SECURED INTO A CRAFT
ADA Things to know :
A person must not, on the basis of disability:
Be excluded from a program or activity;
Deny a person with a disability the benefits of a program or activity;
Afford a person with a disability an opportunity to participate in or benefit from a benefit or service that is not equal to what is afforded others;
Provide a benefit or service to a person with a disability that is not as effective as what is provided others;
Provide different or separate benefits or services to a person with a disability unless necessary to provide benefits or services that are as effective as what is provided others;
Apply eligibility criteria that tend to screen out persons with disabilities unless necessary for the provision of the service, program or activity.
Covered entities must:
Provide services and programs in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the qualified individual with a disability;
Ensure that programs, services, activities, and facilities are accessible;
Make reasonable modifications in their policies, practices, and procedures to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless it would result in a fundamental alteration of the program;
Provide auxiliary aids to persons with disabilities, at no additional cost, where necessary to afford an equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from a program or activity;
Designate a responsible employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with Section 504 and the ADA;