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The Versa Paddle is used by adaptive kayaking and Veterans programs, physical and recreational therapists, accessible rental and retail outlets, and individual paddlers -- whether you already know how to paddle a kayak or not. The magic lies in the centralized, rotating head of the support mount, which stabilizes and holds the weight of the paddle, enabling it to pivot in every direction. This results in a smaller range of motion and less stress on your shoulders, back and joints. It’s perfect for paddlers with injuries or disabilities, people with one functioning arm, older adults, anglers, or recreational kayakers who want to paddle with less effort.
Use it angled or straight, on or off the mount. Use it with a solo kayak or a tandem. Versa comes with one of three support mounts that attach to most sit-in and some sit-on-top kayaks. (See our 2020 Customer Satisfaction Results for more info.)
USE IT ANGLED OR STRAIGHT
Depending on paddling conditions and the preferences of the paddler, you can use Versa in the mount, either straight or angled downward.
With a gentle tug, the paddle can be popped out of the mount and used like a traditional paddle. In fact, we've found it useful to use Versa in "straight mode" when launching and exiting the kayak, and in "angled mode" in the mount on open water.
The only slight difference between the Versa in "straight mode" and a regular kayak paddle is that there is a 2" steel pin that holds the two shafts of Versa together. That pin protrudes slightly on either side when not resting in the vertical post.
ADAPTIVE PADDLING PROGRAMS
We work with dozens of adaptive paddling and sports equipment programs, veterans and military organizations, physical therapists and community parks and recreation programs. Their paddlers include people who've had strokes, paralysis, PTSD, one limb, Cerebral Palsy and other cognitive and physical disabilities. Some already know how to paddle a kayak, but many are first-timers.
PRESERVE SHOULDER RANGE OF MOTION
For paddlers who have paralysis or a missing limb on one side, or who've had shoulder surgery and rotator cuff problems, preserving shoulder function and range of motion (ROM) on their other side is imperative. They don't want to do any repetitive movement that compromises that function, such as raising their arm too high.
For this reason, the Versa paddle in the downward angled position is the one handed kayak paddle of choice. It requires only the slightest range of motion, with hands staying in the 10 and 2 o'clock positions. Paddlers don't risk injuring their functioning shoulder like they might with a straight paddle or even a straight paddle in a mount. In fact, physical and recreational therapists highly recommend Versa to their clients for just this reason.
Versa works best when used with our Hinged Mount which fits on most sit-inside kayaks; if you have the option, we recommend using a sit-in kayak with our products.
We also offer the Plunger Base Mount & Spline or Plate Mount for use with some sit-on-top kayaks, however you do lose a degree of stability with these methods due to the absence of side stability arms.
See our mounts page for details.
STABLE, ONE-HANDED KAYAKING
Because our Hinged Mount attaches to both the front coaming and the two side coamings, our supported kayak paddle stays secure. The centralized support allows you to put the blade in both sides of the water very easily, without losing control.
There's no wobbling or pivoting around, meaning even paddlers with one hand (e.g., due to paralysis, congential amputation, stroke, etc.) or very little strength or coordination can paddle a kayak with ease.
ALL AGES & ABILITIES
Versa gets people out on the water who might not normally be able to paddle. It's one of the best kayak paddles for people with disabilities, older adults with limited strength, or experienced kayakers with shoulder injuries or tendonitis. Our customers include paddlers with no grip strength, children with autism, amputees, and people with paralysis, quadriplegia and cerebral palsy.
Keeping track of your paddle when you're fishing is a hassle. It's either a balancing act or you're constantly adjusting your paddle leash or paddle to move your kayak even a little bit. With Versa, all you do is "let go" of the paddle -- its stays put and you don't have to worry about it falling in the water. Versa can be operated with one hand, which means you can cast with one hand, paddle with the other. Paddle backwards just as easily. No more pedals or paddle leashes.
With the simple push of a button, you can change the paddle from angled to straight and back again.
Three push buttons on each shaft let you adjust the length to different settings so you can achieve the best fit for your kayak.
GREAT FOR RENTAL GROUPS & FAMILIES
Whether you're part of an extended family, an outfitter or rent kayaks to groups, Versa can be adjusted to fit nearly anyone. It's the best kayak paddle for suiting a wide range of paddlers. Helps kids build their endurance and skills. You can see how the system fits together here.
ADJUSTABLE & ERGONOMIC
Sure you can use it angled or straight, in or out of the mount, but there's so much more versatility to Versa! Both shafts are adjustable, allowing it to range from roughly 205 - 240 cm. On windy days, either shaft can be shortened or lengthened to compensate for the wind using one of three push pins. And of course, the shafts can be angled down to roughly 25 degrees or kept straight at 180 degrees.
Versa can be also moved forward or backward on the mounts, helping you achieve the ideal distance between your torso and the paddle. When not in use, the mounts can be removed -- all that remains is a small hinged plate (on sit-ins) and the flat base plate (on sit-on-tops). The blade shafts are also removable for easy storage.