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American Canoe Association Adaptive Paddling workshops


The American Canoe Association (ACA) provides Instructor Workshops and Adaptive Paddling Workshops.

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. Instructors need to be prepared to integrate persons with disabilities into their programs.

The workshop includes how to compensate for a 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, a pool session and open water paddling.

All completing this workshop receive a certificate of completion. ACA certified paddling instructors receive the Adaptive Paddling Endorsement and also ACA Update credit applied to their paddling instructor certification upon completion of this 4-day workshop.

The Course Overview states: "This workshop teaches the medical, legal and social aspects of disability, the risk management, administrative, and programmatic issues as well as how to adapt teaching styles to meet the specific and unique needs of a paddler who has a disability in order to safely initiate paddling programs to serve persons with disabilities or to expand existing paddling programs to integrate persons with disabilities." - Download Course Objectives and Curriculum (pdf 53 kb)


2012 Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW) schedule:

April 30 –May 3 Montross, VA hosted by Virginia State Parks, Contact: Christen Miller, 804-786-8765,

June 7 - 10 Durham, NH hosted by Northeast Passage, Contact: Crystal Skahan (603) 862-0070,

June 21- 24 Akron, OH hosted by University of Akron. Contact: John MacDonald (330)-972-8028

July 5 - 8 Bozeman, MT hosted by Eagle Mount Bozeman. Contact: Diane Proemm (406-586-1781)

Sept 6-9 Marquette, MI hosted by Bay Cliff Health Camp. Contact: Karen Schlicher (906) 345-9314

Sept. 6-9 Seward, Alaska hosted by T.R.A.I.L.S., Challenge Alaska and the Alaska Parks and Recreation Assoc. Contact: Jeff Dick (907) 344-7399)

Fall 2012 San Antonio, TX hosted by UIW, Contact: Scott LeBlanc (210) 639-8002


For more information:

Contact Janet Zeller at

ACA website:

Download Course Objectives and Curriculum (pdf 53 kb)


The National Trails Training Partnership

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The National Trails Training Partnership is an alliance of Federal agencies, training providers, nationwide supporters, and providers of products and services. Visit the online calendar of training opportunities, access hundreds of trail-related resources, read the news, learn how you can help, and see training resources in your state.

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.



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