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Canoeing and Kayaking for People With Disabilities

Canoeing and Kayaking for People With Disabilities

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    Water is the ultimate equalizer. Canoeing and kayaking are activities that emphasize ability. Skill is determined by ability and attitude, and people at all skill levels, with and without disabilities, can find enjoyment in canoeing and kayaking. All that paddlers need are the willingness to accept instruction and be challenged and the ability to adapt to new situations. Canoeing and Kayaking for People With Disabilities presents strategies that give people of all abilities the opportunity to discover the challenge, freedom, and renewal found in paddling.

    The book, written by adaptive paddling pioneer Janet A. Zeller, will help you build on your existing knowledge of paddling techniques so you can share the sport with a variety of people with disabilities. Zeller presents best practices based on her years of experience as a paddler with a disability and the experiences of other instructors and recreation and health care professionals. The text includes tested instructional techniques and equipment adaptations as well as safety information and rescue protocols.

    By focusing on each person's ability, outdoor professionals, paddling instructors, and recreation providers can learn how to make paddling available to those with disabilities. These topics are presented in the text:

    -General guidelines for working with people with disabilities

    -Information on legal requirements, including accessibility at facilities and launching and landing sites, program access, development of eligibility criteria, and assessment of facility accessibility

    -Thorough coverage of common disabilities, their implications for instructors, and teaching strategies and adaptations for each disability

    -Guidance in choosing gear and modifying or building equipment to meet the needs of paddlers with disabilities

    -Consideration of safety and risk factors, rescue priorities, and adaptations for rolling

    -Factors to consider when planning a trip, including the ratio of paddlers with and without disabilities, taking wheelchairs and mobility devices on the trip, and route selection

    The book also includes numerous resources, checklists, and forms to assist you in running your program. Pretrip resources such as the medical information form and the Paddler's Interview will help you collect information about each paddler's medical history and discuss expectations, ability levels, and concerns. You'll also find tips on choosing trip and instruction locations, gear checklists, and an emergency response plan checklist. A glossary provides information on diseases and conditions to assist paddling instructors in developing appropriate accommodations.

    Paddling provides unique opportunities for people of all abilities to overcome personal challenges, master new skills, experience the outdoors, and enjoy physical activity with fellow paddlers. Packed with information about safe adaptations, techniques, and integrated opportunities, Canoeing and Kayaking for People With Disabilities is your resource for making paddling a reality for those with disabilities.


    A reference for recreation, camp, and health care professionals; paddling instructors; people with disabilities; and recreation and leisure students learning how to integrate people with disabilities into canoeing and kayaking experiences. A resource for outdoor and recreation organizations seeking to provide people with disabilities access to canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Also a text for ACA Adaptive Paddling Instructor Training Workshops.


    Chapter 1 Introduction
    Who Has a Disability?
    Why Canoeing or Kayaking?

    Chapter 2 General Guidelines
    What to Say
    What to Do
    Risk Management

    Chapter 3 Legal Requirements: Accessibility of Facilities and Programs
    Basic Legal Requirements
    Facility Access
    Evaluating Facilities
    Accessibility at Launching and Landing Sites
    Mobility Device Security
    Safety Issues
    Program Access
    Integrated Setting
    Developing Essential Eligibility Criteria
    Accessible Information

    Chapter 4 Instructor Checklists
    Program Overview
    Medical Information Sheet
    Paddler's Interview
    Preprogram Scouting

    Chapter 5 Equipping the Paddler
    Selecting Clothing
    Life Jackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
    Selecting Canoes and Kayaks
    Selecting a Paddle

    Chapter 6 Disabilities and Their Implications for Paddling and Instruction
    Upper Limb (Arm and/or Hand)
    Upper-Limb Amputation
    General Impairment of the Leg(s)
    Lower Limb (Leg and/or Foot): People Using Wheelchairs
    Lower-Limb Amputation
    Hearing Impairment
    Visual Impairment
    Lung Diseases
    Cognitive and Brain Function Impairment
    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Side Effects of Medication

    Chapter 7 Adaptation Principles
    Outfitting for Optimal Performance
    Five-Point Outfitting
    Stable Seating
    Mobility and Safety
    Skin Protection
    Wheelchair Seat Cushions and Paddling
    The Layering System
    Basic Tool Kit
    Building a Bulkhead

    Chapter 8 Adaptations Based on Functional Impairments
    Upper Limb (Arm and Hand)
    Upper-Limb Amputation
    Lower Limb (Leg and Foot)
    Lower-Limb Amputation
    Low Vision or Blind
    Cognitive and Brain Function Impairment

    Chapter 9 Rescues
    Rescue Priorities
    Adaptations for Rolling

    Chapter 10 Transfers and Carries
    Transfer and Carry Techniques

    Chapter 11 Paddling Trips
    Ratio of Paddlers With and Without Disabilities
    Route Selection
    Taking Wheelchairs and Mobility Devices on Trips
    Wheelchairs and Mobility Devices on Portages
    Repair Kits
    Personal Hygiene
    Interviewing a Potential Outfitter, Guide, or Organization Before Taking a Trip

    Appendix A Resources
    Appendix B Medical Information Sheet
    Appendix C Paddler's Interview
    Appendix D Skin: The Body's Biggest Organ System
    Appendix E Spinal Column
    Appendix F Universal River Signals
    About the Author
    About the Editor
    About the Contributors
    About the Organization

    Janet A. Zeller is a lifelong paddler experienced in both canoeing and sea kayaking. After a 1984 accident resulted in quadriplegia, Zeller was determined to return to paddling. Since that time, Zeller has worked to provide instructors with the knowledge, techniques, and tools to help people with disabilities access canoeing and kayaking opportunities.

    In 1989 Zeller developed the integrated adaptive paddling program for the American Canoe Association (ACA). With Annie Wortham Webre, she coauthored the first book focused on opening the sport to paddlers with disabilities. Since 1990 Zeller has traveled nationwide as an ACA instructor trainer educator of adaptive paddling workshops. She trains canoeing and kayaking instructors, recreation and health care students and professionals, and those who run water-based recreation programs in the techniques for integrating people with disabilities into their programs.

    Zeller is the National Accessibility Program manager for the U.S. Forest Service, author of numerous articles, and a frequent presenter on accessibility, universal design, and inclusive outdoor recreation at national, regional, university, and local forums. In her free time she enjoys sea kayaking, canoeing, and wilderness camping.

    Essential eligibility criteria for paddling should focus on ability rather than disability

     Janet Zeller discusses adaptive paddling  
     Zeller discusses how adaptive paddling can be used by professionals in therapeutic settings  Zeller discusses some of the most important key elements when developing an adaptive paddling program  Zeller discusses why paddling is such a great activity for those with disablities