There is no PaddleALL program for 2020.
What is PaddleALL?
PaddleALL is a project introduced by Canoe/Kayak Canada. It is a program aimed at promoting participation in the sport of sprint Canoe/Kayak for individuals with disabilities.
Recreational and sprint canoes and kayaks are used to introduce paddlers with intellectual and physical disabilities to the sport. The program includes a safety orientation, technical instruction, and instruction by experienced coaches.
Frequently asked questions
What age is the program for?
Ages 5 & up
How many coaches and mentors are there?
The goal with this program will be to pair participants with a “paddling partner”. Younger participants will be matched with our senior aged paddlers (aged 14+). Young adults or those who require specialized support will be matched with a qualified coach. Those participants who demonstrate that they are confident will possibly be placed in a small group setting with 1 or 2 coaches leading them through games, activities and practices on the water.
Will kids paddle with adults?
As we see our registration and interest we will look more into age demographics. If numbers allow then we will offer a PaddleALL Junior group specific to kids under 12 and a young adult group for those over 12 yrs.
What do participants need to supply?
Nothing! This program will be offered free of charge and Abenaki will supply all equipment necessary.
Participants should wear clothing that can get wet and bring a towel or change of clothes in case they need to dry off. Participants should also bring a snack and water bottle as paddling can be quite a workout.
What do participants need to supply?
Nothing! This program will be offered free of charge and Abenaki will supply all equipment necessary. Participants should wear clothing that can get wet and bring a towel or change of clothes in case they need to dry off. Participants should also bring a snack and water bottle as paddling can be quite a workout.
What days & times will the program be offered?
Days/Times have not been confirmed yet. We will likely offer 2 evening options and a weekend morning option (depending on registration numbers).
When is registration?
Registration for this program will take place in May. It will be done online and advertised on our website and social media.
Can siblings paddle too?
No. This program will be offered specifically to those with an intellectual disability. Our staff and volunteers will receive specialized training and guidance for this program. Family members are encouraged to watch and support from the shore.
Is there a place to change etc?
Yes! We have bathrooms on site and a changing room.
What happens in bad weather?
We will still run our program rain, fog or shine! This is a water sport so participants should come prepared to get wet. Only in thunder/lightning is the program postposed.
My name is Scott Letchford and I will be the Head PaddleALL coach this summer! I am currently a 3rd year Kinesiology student at Dalhousie University. I have been a paddler for 11 years and started off paddling at Abenaki Aquatic Club. For the last 3 years I have paddled competitively at a national level at Senobe Aquatic Club while coaching at Abenaki. Last summer I volunteered with another PaddleALL program, while building the foundation for the one we are introducing at Abenaki.
For the PaddleALL program, we will have a recreational group where the athletes will be able to go out and have a fun time paddling at their leisure with trained “buddies”, as well as a group that will have structured practices for those who wish to race competitively. I will be taking the lead with the competitive PaddleALL group and will help oversee the recreational aspect as well. For the competitive group, in addition to training, our goal is to have them compete for fun in a regatta this summer against some other clubs in Atlantic Division (ADCKC). Both the recreational and competitive groups can expect to have volunteers taking part in making sure everyone has a lot of fun and support during their practice times.
Can’t wait to meet you all this summer!
" Having the chance to work one-on-one and sharing my love for the water and kayaking is something I look forward to every single week.
— Maddy Hamilton