For those who are new or veterans to adaptive kayaking, canoeing or boating, we have assembled a list of resources to help on a range of topics from designing an adaptive paddling facility or boat launch to staying safe in the water. If you are designing, renovating or constructing a new marina, rowing center, park or water access and you need help in selecting ADA piers, gangways, floating docks and other applications like ADA kayak boat launches, then call the experts at BoardsSafe.

American Canoe Association’s Adaptive Paddlesport Manual

Canoeing & Kayaking For People With Disabilities


Guidelines for Creating Adaptive Outdoor Facilities:

Accessible Boating Facilities (PDF / website)

WaterTrail Design Development (website)

ADA Standards for Accessible Design (website)

USFS Accessibility Guidebook (website)

USFS Accessibility Guidebook for Outfitters & Guides (PDF)

Architectural Barriers Act: Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas (PDF/ website)

Prepare to Launch - Guidelines for Assessing, Designing & Building Access Sites for Carry-In Watercraft (website)

Universal Design of Launches/Landings for Carry-down Craft (PDF)

Paddling and People with Disabilities (PDF)

The ADA and Outdoor Programs (PDF)

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