Lehigh Valley Chapter of Team River Runner Loves the BoardSafe Accessible Kayak

Team River Runner 's Lehigh Valley Chapter just formed in 2016, but the group is off to a fast start. For those not familiar with TRR, their goal is to create an environment of healthy adventure, recreation and camaraderie for healing active duty, veteran service members and their families through adaptive kayaking. They have already made a big splash in eastern Pennsylvania.

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With several events already held in the summer of 2016, the group has boasted attendance of over 20 adaptive paddlers seeking to enjoy the water. It has been said that good things take time and the development of TRR in the Lehigh Valley wasn't possible without the efforts of the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation and local Lions Clubs who had the foresight to make Leaser Lake accessible several years ago. Frankly, if it wasn't for the diligence and efforts of these organizations as well as several committed individuals there would be no accessible kayak launch. With no ADA boat launch there is no access to the lake for those with disabilities. This means that TRR's presence in the Lehigh Valley would be non-existant. 

Here at BoardSafe we are proud to manufacture products that truly enhance and bring joy and well-being into the lives of others. To learn more about TRR's event at Leaser Lake click here.

What does an accessible, adaptive and ADA kayak boat launch look like from the air?

With the growing popularity of para-rowing, adaptive paddling and adaptive rowing you have probably seen what an accessible, or sometimes called ADA or sometimes called adaptive kayak boat launch. We think that we have the best, highest quality adaptive kayak boat launch on the market, not because of the high quality materials or the craftsman ship with which each in made but because our ADA boat launch was designed with a group of adaptive athletes. Our accessible boat launch is functional, safe and has many of the features that the adaptive kayaker or canoer seeks. 

To give you an additional perspective (literally), check out these photos of our launch. To learn more about our accessible marine product line including aluminum gangway, floating docks and fishing piers click here.


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Accessible Boat Launch Featured in LION Magazine

LION Magazine Adaptive paddlers and disabled outdoor lovers have the Lions Club and the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation (LLHF) to thank for the greatly enhanced access to the lake and wildlands surrounding Leaser Lake in Kempton, PA. LLHF created and oversaw the project to install paved nature trails, wheelchair accessible picnic benches, an ADA fishing pier dock and an adaptive kayak boat launch at the lake. The project was funded in a large part through the efforts of the Kempton Lions as well as other local Lions group. 

The accessible park has made a huge impact in the local community. A national group of para-rowing, disabled veterans, and adaptive athletes called Team River Runner launched a Lehigh Valley chapter that meets at the facility. The project has been a huge success and its no wonder that LION Magazine featured the efforts of their Lions in seeing the access of the lake to fruition. 

To read the story click here. LION has readership in excess of 1 million and it is translated into numerous languages. 

To watch a video and see the accessible ADA boat launch click here. 

Accessible Dock, Pier, Kayak & Boat Launch

Accessible parks like the one at Leaser Lake in Pennsylvania offer a multitude of outdoor activities to adaptive athletes. Not making these facilities accessible severly limits how those with disabilities, whether in a wheelchair or have a prostetic limb or just 'old bones', can enjoy the great outdoors. Having better water access, like this accessible kayak boat launch, is becoming more popular. 

Using an adaptive paddling boat launch facilitates the transition from a wheelchair to the step bench allowing the individual a safe way to enter and exit the boat or kayak. At a recentTeam River Runner event in Pennsylvania, we were able to capture the enjoyment and life that the accessible dock brings to the adaptive athletes. We were also able to capture the floating ADA dock at a unique, aerial perspective. 

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pennsylvania foothills as well as the satisfaction knowing that these individuals would not be able to enjoy the water if not for an accessible kayak launch. 


About Team River Runner

Team River Runner envisions a national network which creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while serving our country. Through paddle sports, TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their families.

The goal of TRR is to create an environment of healthy adventure, recreation and camaraderie for healing active duty, veteran service members and their families through adaptive kayaking.

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