Northeast Passage Holds Adaptive Paddling Certification Course
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
July 28, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Northeast Passage at the University of New Hampshire,
through it’s adaptive sports program, will host the American
Canoe Association's (ACA) Adaptive Paddling Certification Course
This four-day course is designed for instructors, outfitters, and
recreation providers interested in integrating people with disabilities
into their paddling programs.
ACA Instructors show participants how to compensate for a paddler's loss of function
due to a disability as well as adaptation techniques for equipment and instruction.
Participants learn how to focus on the paddler's ability. The course involves
classroom and hands on learning, a pool session, and open water paddling. It
is not necessary to be a certified canoe or kayak instructor to participate.
All ACA certified instructors receive an Adaptive Paddling Endorsement on all
certifications and a methods update credit upon completion of the entire course
(except white water and open water instructors).
The course fee is $225 and includes a copy of the course manual “Canoeing
Kayaking for Persons with Disabilities.” Attendance at all 4four days is
required. Space is limited.
Pre-registration is required. For more information call Crystal Chalich of Northeast
Passage at 603-862-0070.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a person may not be excluded
from a program because they have a disability. This American Canoe Association
(ACA) course prepares instructors and outfitters to integrate persons with disabilities
into their programs. This course has been taught across the country for the past
Northeast Passage, a nationally recognized leader in innovative therapeutic recreation
services, delivers disability-related health promotion and adapted sports programs
throughout New England. Founded in 1990, Northeast Passage collaborates with
health care providers, schools, communities, and businesses to develop and administer
more than 500 events annually. A service and research branch of the University
of New Hampshire, School of Health and Human Services - Department of Recreation
Management and Policy, Northeast Passage is an independently funded, not-for-profit
organization. Contact Northeast Passage at 603-862-0070 or visit www.nepassage.org
to learn more.