I bet you have seen a paraplegic
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-11-12 10:53 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Oct-11-12 10:56 PM EST --
kayaker and not even known it. I had the privilege of being trained in Adaptive Paddling. My instructor trainer was a quaraplegic. I was paired with a TBI paddler whose injury was sustained in the last two months. He had died but being young did survive with quick medical attention.
We talked about his limitations and together devised a plan that allowed him to paddle safely. The chief test was something he only could do. He had to be able to right himself from face down to face up in water wearing a standard Class III floatation device.
Its all about the functional disability. There are ways to compensate for the disability and to make equipment that allows paddlers with paralyzed limbs to be safe and ..be incredibly skilled.
A couple of years ago I watched a legless gent load his Sea Wind for a three day outing on the Gulf of Mexico at Collier Seminole State Park in Florida. He used a skateboard to get up and down the boat ramp and had an exquisite load plan to address all his needs. He was not getting out of the boat during the three days. Had he had legs, he would not have been getting out of the boat anyhow where he was going..
So was there a disability?