Font Size:

Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Kayaking
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program :

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


This exciting new community partnership between Kayak Chicago and Adaptive Adventures will combine the strengths of both organizations to create expanded paddling opportunities and knowledge for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Kayak Chicago is a top provider of instruction, group outings, and equipment throughout the Chicago area. Adaptive Adventures is a national disabled sports and recreation organization primarily focusing on progressive outdoor sports opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities.

Kayak Chicago founder, Dave Olson has been working with people of all abilities for more than a decade. His vast experience and commitment to paddling for ALL is the driving force behind this new effort.

In addition to providing local and regional on water programing, the Kayak Chicago Adaptive Adventures Paddling Program will seek to be an information and education resource for paddlers of all abilities worldwide.

Increasingly, people with disabilities are discovering kayaking as a recreational activity. Using standard and/or adapted equipment, many people with disabilities can kayak on a "level paddling field" with their non-disabled peers. Since our inception in 1999, Adaptive Adventures has been involved in adapting kayaking to offer experiential and instructional paddling opportunities for people with disabilities! Through our programs, people with disabilities and their families can enjoy everything from more peaceful adventures like lake kayaking, to high adventure like whitewater kayaking. Whatever your adventure dream may be, we can help you reach it.

Adaptive Adventures Kayak Chicago works in collaboration with many youth-oriented organizations to help improve and expand existing programs. Some of the groups we provided resources to in the past year include: Colorado Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp, Dreams for Kids, Ski for Light, Chicago Shriners Hospital, Christ Rehabilitation Hospital, Out & About, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Sports & Fitness, and Parks & Recreation Programs in Chicago, Denver, Boulder, Evergreen, Greely, and Fort Collins, Colorado.