23 Sep

Many states, cities, and other government and nonprofit entities, are promoting safe water accessibility products for adaptive athletes and individuals living with a handicap. These include a range of products, like adaptive and accessible kayak launches, ADA fishing piers and floating docks, aluminum floating rowing docks, and more.…

23 Sep

Boating, paddling, and kayaking, have exploded in popularity as people of all ages and abilities seek new and exciting outdoor activities. Many community groups and government officials have taken notice of this trend and seek to open safe water access for all abilities — young and old, able-bodied…

Ken Ryno, adaptive paddler
21 Sep

There are some people we can never forget, regardless of how long it’s been since we’ve seen them. Due to ill health, BoardSafe spokesman and accessible sports advocate Ken Ryno has been away from the water for about 18 months. On September 13, 2021, Ken not only returned…

Bob Sasin, FLSP President, checking out the new kayak launch
21 Sep

Friends of Ludington State Park, Michigan, cut the ribbon on the new BoardSafe ADA-accessible kayak and canoe launch — the first of its type in Mason County — Tuesday morning, September 14, 2021, at the Hamlin Lake beach, Ludington State Park. Cutting the ribbon was Patrick O’Hare, FLSP…

Disabled paddlers share input for accessible kayak launch
17 Sep

On September 11, 2015, after installing the first BoardSafe Adaptive Kayak Launch, at Leaser Lake, Dan Smalley and Jason Strozyk from BoardSafe Docks met with a number of Disabled Paddlers and representatives from the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation to discuss what adaptive features needed to be added to the launch.  Located…

Launch-in-a-Box ADA-compliant installation
15 Sep

BoardSafe's custom-designed and installed adaptive kayak launches make it easier for the adaptive athlete to enter and exit a kayak and enjoy the freedom of this popular water sport. Now, BoardSafe has pioneered a concept that makes the installation process easier for the user and the user's community:…

Whether you are looking for an adaptive rowing club or just want to learn more about adaptive rowing, here is a list of USRowing’s adaptive rowing centers throughout the nation. Below is a list of adaptive rowing programs in the United States, alphabetically by state. NOTE: Listing was current as of posting. Details and contacts are subject to change.

ALABAMA
University of Alabama Adaptive Rowing
Tuscaloosa, AL
205-348-7991

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adaptive kayaker launching
09 Jun

In the fall of 2015, BoardSafe Docks installed a new ADA fishing pier and adaptive / ADA kayak launch at Leaser Lake in Kempton, PA. The floating docks and applications were designed and constructed by BoardSafe Docks, completing an ADA and adaptive park area that already included paved nature trails and ADA picnic tables.

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, a group of 12 adaptive paddlers and 30 volunteers, including 6 ACC instructors, enjoyed their first adaptive paddling event.

The Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation coordinated the parking, food, and programming, while Team River Runner handled the adaptive boating program. This was the first event of its kind since the unveiling and trial run on the adaptive kayak boat launch in November. Paddlers were taught water safety, the proper way to enter and exit a boat, and the basics of paddling.

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Over the past few years, the parks in Pennsylvania have become increasingly accessible to all. Thanks to the diligent efforts of Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation, as well as Friends of Parks groups and other civic-minded organizations, many upgrades have been achieved.

If you consider your own neighborhood park, you may have noticed new playgrounds with interesting-looking equipment. These range from adaptive playground features, like swings for special needs children, to equipment with greater accessibility or even specifically-designed equipment to stimulate sensory responses. Much of the new playground equipment has evolved to meet ADA guidelines.

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Adaptive launch saddle
25 Jan

At BoardSafe Docks, we believe we have designed and built the best ADA adaptive boat launch available on the market. That’s not coming from us — it’s coming from the adaptive kayakers and para-rowers. After all, they are the experts, and they are also the ones who designed it. read more