While loading boats a gentleman pulled up in front of my house and we struck up a conversation about kayaking. He used to race single man sculls. He was paralyzed in a bicycle accident from the bottom of his ribcage down. He can sit up and operate a car. We both were wondering if anybody has heard of a paraplegic kayaking?
If safety considerations can be met in regards to proper boyancy of pfd, and wet exiting issues, has anybody ever heard of this being done?
I was thinking with the stability and seating in current rec boats it may not be out of the question.
Before the safety police come and arrest me, this is just the start of an exploration.
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Posted by: clydehedlund on Oct-11-12 9:37 PM (EST)
For I have observed a paddler, paralyzed from the waist down, finish the Molokai Kayak Race in a double surfski. I have also seen similar swimmers complete 2.5 mile open ocean races, and just this past summer, I saw another paddler on a prone paddleboard finish a 5 mile race, in which volunteers carried him from the beach and ran him up to the finish line.
Posted by: benglert on Oct-11-12 9:44 PM (EST)
When my wife and I bought our first kayaks we took the offered safety class from our dealer. In our class was a man who was paralyzed from the waist down that had a new Pungo 14. He completed all the items in the class INCLUDING 2 wet exit and reentries. The instructors worked with him on the technique to use and I believe he did the second with just his wife assisting from her kayak. It certainly can be done with good instruction and selecting the right boat.
Take a look at this ...|
Posted by: seadart on Oct-11-12 9:52 PM (EST)
Team River Runner|
Posted by: booztalkin on Oct-11-12 10:27 PM (EST)
Around here there is an outfit called Team River Runner that takes military amputees and other disabled out and teaches them kayaking. They undoubtedly have experience in how to set up disabled people in a kayak.
I paddled with a paraplegic guy|
Posted by: paddlemore on Oct-11-12 10:28 PM (EST)
on the Nantahala. He used an inflatable ducky and was totally competent on the river. In fact, he was often an asset when it came to group management.
Search Team River Runner|
Posted by: randy_morgart on Oct-11-12 10:45 PM (EST)
They are a great organization for wounded Vets. There was an article about them maybe in Sea Kayaker or Canoe & Kayak. A paraplegic was interviewd, he had a funny story about someone telling him not to try to stand up after dumping on a WW run.
I bet you have seen a paraplegic|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-11-12 10:53 PM (EST)
Slim Ray was already co-author of a |
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-11-12 10:57 PM (EST)
ww safety book when he damaged his spinal cord running a drop in the Green Narrows. If you google his name, I'll bet he's written a bunch of useful stuff on how he has kayaked after his injury.
Posted by: mjamja on Oct-11-12 11:49 PM (EST)
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-12-12 1:45 AM (EST)
I'll be paddling with a fellow Sunday|
Posted by: desertdave on Oct-11-12 11:55 PM (EST)
Last time I paddled with him, he was demoing boats. One criterion he had was the ability to fit his crutches into the boat. Only help he needs is boat carries on rough shores. He is a safety boater on the easier trips.
2 person in big cockpit kayak|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Oct-12-12 1:05 AM (EST)
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-12-12 7:17 AM (EST)
Look at the Adaptive Paddling Endorsement curriculum by the ACA americancanoe.org
Posted by: angstrom on Oct-12-12 1:17 PM (EST)
Posted by: sapien on Oct-12-12 10:45 PM (EST)
I bet a sit-on-top would work well in such a case.
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-12-12 10:59 PM (EST)
on the specific functional disability for the specific paddler.
Achilles International kayak program|
Posted by: kaptynkayak on Oct-13-12 3:33 PM (EST)
paraplegic sea kayaker|
Posted by: willowleaf on Oct-15-12 12:39 AM (EST)
I bought my second kayak, a well-used 17 foot sea kayak, from an MD who had been paralyzed from the waist down by an accident. Other than rigging the rudder to be hand-controlled (he re-routed the cables through grommets in front of the cockpit, he paddled the boat stock and it had obviously seen a lot of use. He told me he could usually outlast his college-age sons on outings because he never had problems with a sore butt or leg cramps. And his arms were powerful from regular wheelchair use (he still practiced medicine, full time.) He was only selling the kayak because he was buying a newer one.
Friend Greg Allen -Paraplegic paddler|
Posted by: paddletothesea on Oct-15-12 1:17 PM (EST)
My late friend Greg Allen three times paddled the 1300-mile long Mackenzie River in Canada solo and he is a parplegic!!! I wrote an article for Paddler Magazine a few years ago on Greg.