Clinics and Workshops

ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop

Friday, March 22 & Saturday, March 23

Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Price: $275

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. 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. To this end, APWs have a three-fold purpose:

  • Provide ACA instructors an opportunity to earn the Adaptive Paddling Instructor Endorsement
  • Provide non-ACA instructors an opportunity to earn the ACA Certificate of Completion
  • Provide a skills course for individuals with disabilities

The 2-day APW format is designed for existing paddlesports programs that (1) do not need a review of basic paddling skills for Endorsement Candidates (EC), and (2) have the ability to offer instruction out outings to participants with disabilities after the APW.

Further, APWs focus on five key topics:

  • Language, Etiquette and Interaction
  • The Legal Context
  • Cultivating Seamless Integration
  • Adaptive Outfitting Concepts and Goals
  • Mechanics of Adaptive Outfitting for Paddlesports

Finally, APW instruction includes:

  • How to compensate for a paddler's loss of function due to disability
  • Adaptation techniques for equipment and instruction
  • How to focus on the paddler's ability
  • Accessibility of programs and facilities

As a component of instructional design, APWs involve hands-on learning in both a classroom and in calm, protected waters.

Please visit the ACA APW website or contact Jon Dent at 330-972-7357 or for any additional information.


Have a good idea? Consider emailing a suggestion you want us to know about. We would be happy to organize a program upon request that targets your interests or helps meet your training/certification needs. Common clinics and workshops we host include:

  • American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 1 Kayak Instruction
  • ACA Level 1 Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop
  • ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop
  • American Red Cross (ARC) First Aid/CPR/AED
  • ARC Wilderness and Remote First Aid
  • Introduction to Top Rope Belay (check in at the rock wall)
  • Introduction to Lead Climbing