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Adaptive Paddling Workshop

5/20/2016 to 5/22/2016
When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Where: 4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, Florida 
United States
Contact: Jason Gosch

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Course Overview: Designed for instructors, outfitters, recreation program managers, trip leaders, rehabilitation specialists and those who want to include people with disabilities in paddlesport programs, Adaptive Paddling Workshops teach instructors how to compensate for a paddler’s loss of function due to disability and how to adapt equipment and instruction, focusing on the paddler’s ability. Adaptive Paddling Workshops include classroom and hands on learning, a pool session and open water paddling. Current ACA Paddling Instructors will earn the Adaptive Endorsement upon successful completion. All others who are not certified ACA instructors will earn a Certificate of Completion upon successful demonstration of endorsement criteria.

Course Prerequisites:  Be a current certified ACA Paddling Instructor at L-1 or above (for the Endorsement)  Be a current ACA Member (for Certificate of Completion)

Included in cost: ACA Instructor Fees Use of Facility & equipment
Not included in cost: ACA Textbook (Canoeing and Kayaking for People with Disabilities, 2009) Food Lodging

Course Schedule: Friday, May 20 - 4pm-7pm @ USF Campus Recreation in classroom Saturday, May 21 - 8:30am-5:30pm @ USF Campus Recreation in classroom Sunday, May 22 - 8:30am-12:30pm @ USF Campus Recreation in classroom, 1:00pm - 5:00pm @ USF Campus Recreation in pool ACA Information on APW

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, and (5) Mechanics of Adaptive Outfitting for Paddlesports. APW involve 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. 

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