Adapting for Physical Impairments

Team River Runner has a long and storied history of adapting boats and boating techniques for a variety of physical impairments, from missing limbs to spinal injuries to weakness caused by stroke or nerve damage. Using specialized equipment, TRR outfits kayaks and other paddle-sports equipment for the specific problems that keep some people off the water.

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TRR Staff set up the Chariot and Transfer Bench poolside

Our staff has been endorsed by the American Canoe Association in Adaptive Paddling Techniques, enabling the adaptation of boats and techniques as well as custom outfitting to prevent pressure sores, enable improved in-boat posture, thereby improving boater performance using the adapted equipment.

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Devin, one of our skilled adaptive kayakers, challenges himself in Class 2 rapids.

Utilizing specialized gear such as stabilizing pontoons, the Paddle Pivot, enhanced seating equipment, and foam padding, even significantly disabled kayakers can enjoy some excitement on the water. The use of custom support equipment such as the Transfer Bench and the Chariot provide additional independence by reducing manual transfers and improving entry and exit into the water.

To learn more about our adaptive paddling skills and equipment, click here.