Adaptive Canoeing and Kayaking
The Wintergreen Adaptive Sports summer paddling program teaches canoeing and kayaking to people of all ages and with all types of disabilities, cognitive and physical.
Children and adults with amputations, autism, developmental disabilities, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment and more have enjoyed the adventure and relaxation of paddling on Virginia's beautiful lakes and rivers with the dedicated and talented WAS instructional team.
We have canoes and kayaks that are one-person (solo) or two-person (tandem). Typically at least one instructor and one assistant works with each student to adapt the boat, get comfortable on the water, and teach paddling strokes and skills.
All students must attend a lake day training and assessment prior to their first river trip. After this training, WAS offers lessons for all skill levels on several of Central Virginia's rivers, on stretches that include moderate whitewater and flatwater paddling. We place equal emphasis on technical paddling skills and the enjoyment of the great outdoors, taken in from the banks, and in the currents, and eddies of some of the nation's most scenic waterways.
WAS offers unlimited advancement in technical paddling skills, but also picnics on the river, water Frisbee and rope swings, and sightings of Great Blue Heron, Eagles, and more.