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Introduction to Paddle-Ability

This three hour classroom-based workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to develop their understanding of working with paddlers with a disability. 

The aim of the workshop is to develop an understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and how they can use adaptations to participate in the full range of paddlesport opportunities.

Our online 'Introduction to Disability Awareness' eLearning will give you an insight into the different types of disability, acceptable terminology and what you can do to help.

To view the Course Documents, please visit the British Canoeing Awarding Body website.

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Expand Workshop Overview

This workshop offers attendees an introduction to understanding the number of people affected by various disabilities and the broad range of ways in which people with a disability are affected. Through a series of practical exercises, attendees will begin to investigate the challenges, real and perceived, that people with a disability face in accessing paddlesport. Through this process, participants will gain a better understanding of how they can adapt their delivery style to best support and include people with a disability in paddlesport activities. This workshop also introduces a range of bespoke, adaptive and off-the-shelf equipment that is commercially available and how this can be used to work with people with a range of impairments.

Expand Learning Outcomes

This classroom-based workshop will cover the following themes through a range of media, group work and exploration activities, to help participants:

  • Develop an understanding around the challenges faced by people with a disability in terms of accessing sport.
  • Develop an understanding of how our sport can be made more appealing to paddlers with a disability.
  • Develop an understanding of how to adapt communication media to make it more accessible to people with a range of different impairments.
  • Understand how different impairments affect people and how to use different communication techniques to include people with a disability in paddlesport activities.
  • Consider how different craft, paddles and equipment can be used to make paddlesport activities more accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Consider how to plan sessions for people with a disability.


Expand Course Structure

This is a classroom-based module delivered in three hours of contact time.

Participants should be prepared to participate in activities as part of this course. The Introduction to Paddle-Ability workshop is an attendance course and there is no formal assessment.

Expand Assessment & Certification

On completion of the Introduction to Paddle-Ability workshop, the course provider will submit successful participants for certification.

British Canoeing will then issue an attendance certificate subject to a certification fee. 

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