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Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW)

This is an Adaptive Paddling Workshop to be held at Bay Cliff Health Camp.

9/17/2015 to 9/20/2015
When: 9/17/2015
Where: Bay Cliff Health Camp
4175 Baycliff Drive
Big Bay, Michigan  49808
United States
Presenter: Nancy Uscholds, Joe Moore, and Sam Crowley
Contact: Karen Schlicher

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Anyone can attend this American Canoe Association adaptive paddling workshop (APW), which has been taught across the country since 1990 and at Bay Cliff since 1998. This course brings together certified instructors, recreational paddlers, and people with physical disabilities to promote recreational paddling opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The 4-day course for instructor participants includes on-water and in-classroom instruction and interactive learning with adults with disabilities. Learn what disabilities are, how to work with people with disabilities, what adaptive equipment is available, and how to adapt paddles, boats, and rescue techniques. Participate in real-time instruction with a student, which involves making adaptations, a pool session, and an open water paddling session. In addition, instructors will have an opportunity to update paddling skills and practice rescue techniques.

This is a great workshop for certified kayak & canoe instructors, but instructor certification is not required to be an instructor participant. Recreational paddlers are welcome as well. Paddling experience is required.

Adults with physical disabilities who want to learn how to kayak can attend this workshop as student participants FREE of charge! Students attend the last two days of the workshop and receive paddling instruction and adaptations from the instructor participants. Skills are practiced in a pool and then on flat open water. Paddling experience is not required for students.

This APW will be taught by Nancy Uschold, Joe Moore and Sam Crowley.

Instructor Registration Fee: $275 If registered by July 31 $325 if registered by the August 15 Fee includes a copy of the course manual Canoeing and Kayaking for Persons with Disabilities and all supplemental materials.

Optional Fee: On-site housing fee (lodging & meals all four days) - $200. On-site housing is strongly recommended due to time constraints of this course and the need to collaborate.

For more information, please visit the website listed above or contact: Karen Schlicher, APW Course Coordinator Bay Cliff Health Camp PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 Phone: 906.345.9314 Email: Website:

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