What is Adaptive Paddling?
Adaptive Paddling is simply paddling canoes and kayaks using the standard equipment which is adapted as needed to compensate for any function the paddler has lost due to disability. While an adaptation may be made to the paddle grip or the seating support within the craft, the sport of paddling is not changed or “adapted”. The same canoes, kayaks and paddling gear are used in the same manner. Bow Valley Kayak Club Adaptive Paddling programs are committed to providing full integration of paddlers who have disabilities and to provide all paddlers with the equipment, teaching style, and paddling locations that best meets the paddlers’ needs. On the water all paddlers are equal. It is a paddler’s ability, not their disability, that makes the difference. Water is the ultimate equalizer. Paddling is freedom!
Finding independence on the water
Why do you paddle? Is it the sense of challenge and discovery; the beauty of the land, water, and wildlife around your boat? Is it the energy and renewal after a great paddle; or the bond between paddlers? For paddlers with different types of abilities it is all of those reasons plus it is freedom. It's likely that disability affects your life in some way, or that of a friend or a family member. Adaptive paddling opens the door to paddling to all, including people who have disabilities.