Canoeing

Canoeing Adaptive Gear

Canoeing is one of our most accessible outdoor activities for people of all ages and abilities. To ensure the fun and safety of every participant, we have several adaptive features available for our canoeing excursions.

1: The Canoe Chair

What is it? The adaptive canoe chair can be used for canoeing and other water craft for individuals who need more support than just a bench seat.

Who is it for? Persons with limited trunk mobility, someone who may need back support, those with low endurance, individuals who may be overweight, someone with balance issues or individuals who tire easily. It is not recommended for those with strong balance or high functioning abilities for it could take away from the challenge of maneuvering a canoe.

Details: For those who need more back support beyond what the adaptive canoe chair provides, we have back frames that can be attached to the chair providing more stability and trunk support. If an individual needs more padding on the chair we have pads available as well.

2: Canoe Stabilizer Floats

What is it? The canoe stabilizer floats is specifically for canoeing but can possibly be used on other water craft where it can clamp onto the water craft frame, however there are better frames recommended for kayaking or sailing.

Who is it for? The canoe stabilizer floats works great for people who have decreased balance, those who may have a higher center of gravity seated in a chair and for those who may need more stability while in the canoe. Individuals who are overweight can cause imbalanced canoes because the weight is not evenly distributed throughout the canoe. However, the outriggers help stabilize the canoe and decrease the imbalanced or heavy side of the canoe.

Details: The canoe stabilizer float provides more stability and safety on the canoe for paddlers.

3: The Universal Seat

What is it? The universal paddling canoe seat is used for canoeing (and possibly kayaking) for individuals who need more support than just a bench seat or the adaptive canoe seat we have. This is typically used for those who need high support in the pelvic, lumbar and upper back.

Who is it for? Persons with limited trunk mobility, quadriplegia, paraplegic, someone who needs a good amount of back support, those with low endurance, someone with balance issues or individuals who tire easily and those who need more “dump” in the seat in order to be reclined.

Details: In one canoe the bow canoe seat was lowered about 3 inches so the center of gravity is lowered and allows several inches for a seat cushion. The seat has several adjustable positions for users and support for a wide variety of needs. No one will ever be strapped down to the paddling canoe seat.