They are called many names: adaptive kayak launches, accessible kayak launches, and even ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) boat launches, but many communities all desire the same thing — a safe and accessible way for adaptive paddlers to get out on the water. Many towns, parks, and other waterfronts desire to offer greater accessibility and inclusivity to those in wheelchairs, those living with disabilities or have mobility challenges, to more easily enter and exit a boat. For over ten years, BoardSafe Docks has been the trusted expert and manufacturer of accessible and adaptive kayak launches, and we pride ourselves not only in the high-quality materials and design and engineering but also in the feature-rich adaptive kayak launches that empower the greater number of abilities. The launches are designed with the input of adaptive athletes, using the best practices in dock and marina engineering. Simply put, we build adaptive kayak launches that go beyond checking the ADA box for your location, our accessibility products transform communities!
More Features = More Users
BoardSafe is proud to serve the most diverse abilities!
- Aluminum gangway 1:12 ADA slope
- Gangway top handrail and 36” handrail
- Parallel boat slide
- Tiered Bench
- Bench rail
- Overhead bars
- Overhead Straps
- Slideout Seat
- Support saddles for vessels
- Pull bars
- Informational signage with QR Code
- Styrofoam encapsulated flotation for stability
- Self-Performed Installation Services
- Debris Diversion Control
- SUP compatibility
- Extruded aluminum for added strength
- Non-roller kayak chute for stability
- Site Evaluation Questionnaire
- BoardSafe Understands the Difference Between Adaptive and Accessible
- Instructions for using the BoardSafe Adaptive Kayak Launch
- List of Grants for Adaptive and Accessibility Projects to Fund Kayak Launches
- Best practices for fundraising for an adaptive kayak launch
- Download our adaptive kayak launch e-brochure
Designed in Cooperation with Adaptive Paddlers
In 2013, BoardSafe worked with an environmental engineer, physical therapists, an accessibility coordinator at a local nonprofit for independent living, and a group of avid adaptive paddlers to fashion the best possible accessible kayak launch on the market. The result evolved into BoardSafe’s best-in-class adaptive kayak launch. The product continues to evolve with input from stakeholders in the accessibility movement.
Since then, BoardSafe continues to champion adaptive accessibility for waterfronts across the USA. This commitment to education and advocacy has made BoardSafe a leading voice in aquatic recreation accessibility, as well as the manufacturing source for the best-performing and highest-quality launch systems available. BoardSafe experts Scott Tihansky, Tom Warchol, and Ken Ryno are frequent speakers at conventions and events for building adaptive and accessible communities. Click on their profiles to learn more and request them to speak.