Universal Paddling American Canoe Association

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Contact Information

American Canoe Association
Contact: Amy Ellis, Membership / State Director
Email Address: aellis@americancanoe.org
Phone: 540-907-4460 x111
Alternate Phone: 888-229-3792

503 Sophia St. Suite 100 Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5929
Area Served: Out of State

Map Location Universal Paddling


ACA Adaptive Paddling ProgramCanoeing & Kayaking for People with Disabilities - Since 1990, the ACA has led the adaptive recreation industry, training instructors and program providers in the best practices of inclusive paddlesports.

Supporting and enhancing the decades strong ACA National Paddlesport Instruction Program, the Adaptive Paddling Program teaches the skills and knowledge needed to outfit equipment and modify teaching styles to allow people of all abilities to participate in paddlesport activities as safely, as comfortably, and with the same performance potential as all others.

Janet Zeller, Past President of the American Canoe Association, calls water the great equalizer. In other words, once the appropriate adaptations are made to canoe and kayak outfitting, paddling instruction is the same for persons with disabilities as for able-bodied paddlers. The American Canoe Association provides information and list of instructors who are trained to teach disabled persons.

Service Types

  • Equipment Loan
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Recreation/Arts/Social and Leisure

Populations Served

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Disorder
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Ages Served

  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Additional Information

  • Fees: Personal Funds