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Adaptive Paddling Workshop

The premier education program on how to accommodate individuals of all abilities in your paddlesport program.

9/19/2014 to 9/21/2014
When: 9/19/2014
1:00 PM
Where: Calvin College - Venema Aquatic Center
3201 Burton St., SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49546
United States
Contact: Joe Moore

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Host Organization:

  • Instructor Endorsement Candidate registration is now full.
  • Spaces remain for paddlesport students with physical disabilities.

Instructor Trainers:

Workshop Overview:

This Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW) has a two-fold purpose:

  • Train currently certified ACA Instructors to earn the Adaptive Paddling Endorsement
  • Provide a skills course for individuals with disabilities
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 their 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. The workshop includes how to compensate for paddlers loss of function due to disability, how to adapt equipment and instruction and how to focus on the paddlers' ability. This course includes a classroom and hands-on learning, an on-water pool session and open water paddling. ACA certified paddling instructors in any discipline can receive the Adaptive Paddling Endorsement upon completion of this workshop. 

2.00 Continuing Education Units from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA CEUs) are available. 


This Adaptive Paddling Workshop occurs immediately following the inaugural ACA Adaptive Paddling Summit.



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