ADA Kayak Dock Launch for Adaptive Paddlers Unveiled in State Park Lake

ADA kayak launch manufacturer BoadSafe unveils a new ADA kayak lauch. The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation hosted an official dedication ceremony for the new ADA boat launch, which allows those with disabilities to more easily enter a kayak and set out on the lake, at Beltzville’s Preachers Camp Boat Launch in the early evening.

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Beltzville is a Pennsylvania State Park and Lake located outside of Lehighton in Carbon County. The park is just over 3,000 acres with a 949 acres being the lake.

Also in attendence was the Lehigh Valley River Runner, a local chapter of the national group, Team River Runner, that promotes the benefits of being outdoors, being active and camaraderie through paddling. Team River Runner continues to display how kayaking and paddling provides freedom to those who are handicapped or wheelchair bound.

The ADA kayak dock is a boat launch with Americans with Disabilities Act features that assist the adaptive paddler to get their boat to the water, transfer down a step and handrail to the boat, enter the boat with multiple hand rail options, a kayak stabilizing system to steady the boat and ultimately a launch feature to safely take off into open water.

As seen in the picture, there is gangway with minimum gade leading from the shore to the aluminum floating dock, paralleled by a boat slide that allows the adaptive athlete to ease their boat down to the dock. Once on the aluminum floating dock, the dock surface is decked with synthetic lumber that provides maintenance free, sturdy, and nonslip surface. In the middle of the floating dock is an aluminum bench and handrail that steps down and lowers the paddler to their boat. Surrounding the kayak is a series of handlebars and hand straps to provide options to the paddler as they enter the cockpit. A submerged system of aluminum bars stabilized the boat for the paddler to safely transition and position themselves comfortably for launching.

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Temple Rowing in Philadelphia Gets New Rowing Docks and Rowing Center

Nationally in the U.S. rowing community, it is known that rowing is important in Philadelphia. Boathouse Row, cheesesteaks and running up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps (Rocky) are the top priorities of the city's visitors. Many who have competitively rowed on the East Coast have competed at one time on the Schuylkill River. Now they have one more rowing center to host them – Temple's new rowing center and boathouse on Kelly Drive just south of the Strawberry Mansion Bridge.

The new rowing center and boathouse officially opening in the spring of 2017. Click here to see local newscast video of the rowing docks during construction. 

The $5.5 million project renovated the previously dilapidated East Park Canoe House. The improvements improved the building's exterior, locker rooms, and provided for public restrooms. The project began in July 2015 after the city and Temple trustee H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest agreed on a partnership to fund the restoration. The Lenfest Foundation donated $3 million to the project, and the city pledged $2.5 million.

Click here to watch the Temple video of the boathouse

The new boathouse is now the proud new home not only for Temple Crew but the Philadelphia Police's Marine Unit stores equipment for water operations and public access is granted to the bathrooms and boat launch.

If you would like information on replacing your rowing docks or designing and building a new rowing center, then call BoardSafe at 610-899-9286.

Low Profile Floating Docks for Rowing Shells

BoardSafe rowing docks are low profile and ideal for rowing shells.

Cleveland Rowing CenterRowing dock manufacturer, BoardSafe Docks, makes aluminum floating docks that offer 5" freeboard. Freeboard is the distance between the waterline and the main deck. With only 5" of freeboard, that is considered to be a low profile floating dock. A low profile floating dock is ideal for rowing docks where rowers must enter and exit their boats at a height similar to their racing shell.

What makes the BoardSafe rowing docks great for rowers is not only the 5" of freeboard, but the stability that the rower feels while they maneuver on the dock. This is for various reasons. First, the frame of the rowing dock is a commercial grade, heavy-duty, 6160 marine aluminum. Second, BoardSafe uses the highest quality floatation and has engineered their docks to support various situations including to sustain point loads of the gangway, crew members as they enter/exit a rowing shell, and even environmental factors like the movement of water. The size and location of floatation is crucial to meet the balance of a low profile while offering uncompromised stability. The third element to the BoardSafe rowing dock's stability is the choice of synthetic lumber as the decking surface. The surface is slip resistant and ground rated so it will not accrue mold, swell, or have its structure otherwise comprised.

For more information by USRowing on low profile docks click here

Board Safe manufactures aluminum floating dockspiersand gangwaysThey have designed and manufactured numerous specialty projects like rowing centers and ADA docks and boat launchesFor more information on your rowing center project, marina, commercial or residential docks, call 610-899-0286 or visit

ADA Accessible Kayak Boat Launch Installed at 5 Rivers State Park in Alabama

ada-adaptive-kayak-launch-5-riversFew places in the world have the confluence of five separate rivers coming together. A state park in Alabama has that coveted area and made it into a state park – appropriately named 5 Rivers. There is a lot of exploration to be done on the rivers and the State of Alabama wanted to make the area more accessible with ADA access for adaptive paddlers, rowers and others. 5 Rivers State Park has installed a BoardSafe ADA accessible kayak boat launch.

5 Rivers includes 250,000 acres of scenic waterways, woods and wetlands. There is much to explore and much to do in and around the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley rivers flowing into Mobile Bay. The State of Alabama ordered two ADA accessible docks from floating dock and marina applications manufacturer BoardSafe. One accessible dock was installed at the 5 Rivers Bartram Landing, where visitors can launch for during regular business hours (8am-5pm). The Landing is the newest addition to the Bartram Canoe Trail

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is the nation's second largest river delta. It encompasses a 10 mile-wide marsh, cypress-tupelo swamp and bottomland hardwood ecosystem. The Delta has over 50 rare and endangered plant and animal species known to inhabit its wetlands and waterways. The Bartram Canoe Trail system provides opportunities for recreational boaters, specifically canoes and kayakers, to enjoy the rivers, streams, lakes sloughs and bayous of the Delta. Currently the Alabama Department of Conservation State Lands Division maintains day use and overnight trails as well as two land-based and four floating platform campsites.

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