Adaptive Kayaking

The funding from Vermont Parks Forever offered unrestricted entrance to Vermont State Parks for participants to kayak as often as they were able to, all summer long.  Over 205 adaptive kayaking trips were launched in the summer!

Many kayakers use power wheelchairs to move about on land, and for the first time ever, or since their injury, they were able to propel themselves independently across the water using adaptive equipment. They improved their physical strength and endurance, learned/relearned a new sport, viewed wildlife (birds, deer, water snakes, fish), paddled alongside friends and family, and established a sense of community.

“The best part of the summer was seeing so many smiling faces and the participants’ sense of accomplishment.” ~ Cathy Webster, Program Director

“Wow! What a fantastic day yesterday was! I do not believe it could have been an any better day paddling on the water for my son, friends and I. Thanks so much for setting up my friends with kayaks, we all had a blast. It is the first time in a very long time that I have been able to participate in a physical activity with them which made it very special for all of us.” ~2019 participant