The LLU PossAbilities Program provide access to the Drayson Center heated swimming pool and coordinates student volunteers and outside instructors for adaptive kayaking. While preference is given to veterans, space and resources are available for other participants through the PossAbilities program. The paddling objectives of the program are to provide a safe and fun introduction to whitewater kayaks and to using them on the river and in the ocean. A number of the volunteers in the program have had training preparing adaptations for paddlers with disabilities and are prepared to assist with special outfitting.
A general course progression is:
The general course format is:
1 evening meeting per week each 1.5 hours long, 4 – 5 weeks in duration. The expectation is that participants attend every session.
Volunteers match up with paddlers to provide 1 to 1 or if necessary 2 to 1 support. Paddlers “gear up,” organizing and adjusting the equipment they’ll be using and enter the heated pool as a group. An instructor will introduce a new topic or skill, and the students and volunteers will work on mastering the skill together. Games are used to incorporate or re-enforcing skills previously learned. At the end of the pool session, paddlers rinse and help store the equipment they’ve used.
The program schedule is organized around the student volunteers’ academic calendar and the hope is to run it year round.
For more information on adaptive kayaking please visit our Contact Us page.