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  • Meg McCall

How to Choose the Right Adaptive Paddling Equipment

This is the third in a seven part blog series describing the Juballa family's experience in getting a fully adapted kayak for their young adult son, Raymond. Go to the end of this post to see other articles in the series.

Based on Raymond’s initial consultation, all agreed that adaptive paddling was definitely an achievable goal for him. After a few more phone and email exchanges to work through the details, Raymond and Rosanne were armed with a preliminary set of desired adaptive paddling equipment.

For many paddlers, this would be the point at which they would go out and purchase the equipment. Raymond, however, took things a step further. He had planned to apply for grants to offset the substantial costs of his needed equipment. One of the funding sources, the Kelly Brush Foundation, wisely asks applicants to test out the equipment they are looking to purchase before applying. They must then provide documentation (e.g., photos or videos) that the equipment worked as expected and will, in fact, be a good fit for them.

kayak transfer bench
Testing Equipment at BORP Adaptive Sports & Rec.

Living in the San Francisco Bay area, Raymond was fortunate to find an another adaptive recreation resource less than an hour away from his home, BORP Adaptive Sports and Recreation. The family, the BORP staff and I all met on a beautiful sunny day so Raymond do some hands-on testing of equipment and get properly fitted. Because the visit was at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was unable to actually test the systems on the water. Instead, he tried a variety of equipment on dry land.

Note: It will be important for Raymond to practice a wet exit in a control