Canoeing is an inclusive sport that offers many different experiences for disabled people and their friends and families. The diversity of the sport means that there are many opportunities, activities and types of equipment available to suit the needs and interests of every individual.
There are many disabled people who take part in canoeing activity alongside their non-disabled peers in a wide range of activities. At the same time, there are many clubs and centres also offer specialist activity for disabled people who may need a bit more support or guidance either as an introduction to the sport or if the need over a longer time scale.
British Canoeing’s Paddle-Ability initiative refers to activity for disabled people as it focuses on the individuals' ability in canoeing rather than disability.
Whilst many canoeing clubs and centres offer opportunities for disabled people, British Canoeing recognises those that provide quality activity and experiences for disabled people through Paddle-Ability accreditation. For those just starting out, or wanting an introduction to canoeing Paddle-Ability Starter Sessions are a great place to start.