Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ACA Adaptive Paddling Program in California

The first ever California-based Adaptive Paddling Workshop took place March 5-6, 2016 at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center and the campus North Pool. ACA Adaptive Chair Joe Moore led the two-day workshop, which introduced nine new instructors and organizers to issues and techniques for working with disabled paddlers on the water. 

Five new paddlers with disabilities joined the class for the second day of the workshop, working with the students to engineer adaptions of traditional kayaks. The day concluded with a water session at UCLA's North Pool, featuring Joe Moore's demo of the "fainting diva" technique that can help paddlers roll from a front to back float. 

The event was co-sponsored by UCLA, the ACA-California Executive Council and Adaptive Expeditions.

Since 1990, the ACA has led the adaptive recreation industry, training instructors and program providers in the best practices of inclusive paddlesports.

Supporting and enhancing the decades strong ACA National Paddlesport Instruction Program, the Adaptive Paddling Program teaches the skills and knowledge needed to outfit equipment and modify teaching styles to allow people of all abilities to participate in paddlesport activities as safely, as comfortably, and with the same performance potential as all others.

Learn more about the ACA's Adaptive Paddling Program today, and find an upcoming Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW) near you! 

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