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Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW)

This is an Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW) with Instructor Trainer Joe Moore at the Cattaragus Community Center in Irving, New York.

10/1/2015 to 10/3/2015
When: 10/1/2015
Where: SNI Cattaraugus Community Center
12767 NY-438
Irving, New York  14081
United States
Contact: Andrea Vaillancourt-Alder

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At the core of the ACA Adaptive 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.

APWs focus on five key topics:

(1) Language, Etiquette and Interaction

(2) The Legal Context

(3) Cultivating Seamless Integration

(4) Adaptive Outfitting Concepts & Goals

(5) Mechanics of Adaptive Outfitting for Paddlesports.

An APW involves hands-on learning in both a classroom and in calm, protected waters. 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 programs. Under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, a person may not be excluded from a program just because they have a disability. Program providers need to be prepared to integrate persons with disabilities into existing programs.

An APW can be used once as the Update portion of your ACA Instructor certification maintenance requirements for all ACA paddling disciplines, except Safety and Rescue.

For additional questions about the APW curriculum or Endorsement standards, please call Joe Moore at 843.637.7269. You can email Joe Moore at

To register for this APW or learn more about Seabirds International's emerging Adaptive Paddling Program: Please call Andrea Vaillancourt-Alder at 716.392.2708. You can email Andrea at:

This is a 3-day class: October 1, 4-8 pm & October 2 & 3 from 8:30 am until 5:30 p.m. Enrollment fee per Endorsement Canidate = $400 (Includes text book) 

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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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