Paddling along a scenic cove, navigating through kelp beds, feeling the sensation of rushing water…Northeast Passage’s Paddling program integrates people with disabilities into sea and freshwater kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Kayaking Opportunities:

Northeast Passage offers participants the opportunity to explore local fresh and salt water areas.  From the tidal waters of Little Harbor to Fundy Cove and beyond, Northeast Passage hosts several accessible group paddling opportunities in a variety of locations for people with a wide range of abilities. Northeast Passage has a fleet of kayaks, paddles and accessories for participants’ use in this program.

Paddleboard Opportunities: 

Northeast Passage offers a series of Paddleboard events during the summer months . We offer the opportunity to participate standing or seated. We are developing adaptation techniques and strategies to provide seating supports and transfer assistance for individuals whom it is necessary to paddle from a supported seated position on the board. We invite you to join us in this endeavor.

Paddling Essential Eligibility Criteria: 

To participate in these events, all participants must meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria published by the American Canoe Association (ACA) .  Please review and contact Northeast Passage with any questions you may have regarding your eligibility.

Kayaking Skills Courses:

This is an opportunity for individuals who have significant mobility impairments to receive instruction in kayaking from expert instructors. Participants will learn how to compensate for function lost due to their disability and how to adapt the boat and paddle to best suit their needs. This course includes paddling instruction in a pool and paddling on calm waters with instructors.

Instructor Trainings:

Northeast Passage annually hosts an American Canoe Association Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW), providing 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.  Click here to find the Adaptive Paddling Workshop nearest you!

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