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.
Notice: It is a 3-day training which runs from 0900 - 1800 each day, no overnight portion to the training.
Kayaking experience at or above ACA Level 1 Intro to Kayaking skills
Certificate of Completion:
- For non-ACA certified instructors
- Nationally recognized documentation of successful completion of the APW
- Evidence of training to integrate adaptive theory and techniques into your program
- Certificate of Completion does not allow you to teach as an ACA certified instructor