We help ensure people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy adaptive outdoor experiences.
Our paddling program uses specially adapted equipment – accessible kayaks and wheelchair paddleboards. We have a lift on the dock to handle transfers, or you can self-transfer via a board, after which you will be launched into the water.
Our centre of operations is at False Creek near Science World, in Vancouver, a peaceful and sheltered stretch of water with views ranging from city condos to the North Shore Mountains. There are some great restaurants and pubs nearby, too.
Our program staff and volunteers have Paddle Canada certification to ensure you get the best from the experience, and will accompany you on the water in the interests of safety and comfort.
Where to find us
It's well placed for the Main Street/Science World and Olympic Village SkyTrain stations, and Main Street bus routes. We share the docks with the Vancouver dragon boat community (who are great neighbours).
About our equipment
Our kayak program is based around specially modified, fully accessible two-person kayaks. We can attach pontoons to the rear of all our kayaks for stability.
We lengthened cockpits in the double kayaks by 13-inches to make transfers more comfortable, and fitted (optional) pivoting supports to take the weight of the paddle. For people with limited grip strength, we have a system by which the paddle clips onto wrist bands (modified rollerblade wrist guards). We also have a one-person kayak for people that want to paddle solo, although this is not an option for beginners.
Our Onit paddleboards are designed for wheelchair use. Technically speaking, they are a 11-ft 6-ins. modified stand-up paddleboard with outriggers. They feature an all-terrain surf chair that locks into place, and a custom carbon fiber paddle (quad raps are available for anyone with limited dexterity).