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Adaptive kayaking is one of Sportable’s most inclusive sports as kayaks can be adapted for a variety of physical disabilities using state-of-the-art equipment such as paddle pivots that allow one-arm control of the kayak and adaptations for wrist grips and seat position. Kayaking encourages independence in movement and decision-making, and provides ample opportunity for socializing while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols. Kayakers benefit from being on the water and fully-immersed in nature while enjoying one of Richmond’s most popular destinations, the James River.

Sessions will be offered through multiple two-part series beginning in April 2021. The first session of each series will be held at the scenic Dutch Gap Conservation Area on the James River with the second session taking place at various locations throughout the Greater Richmond Region. Additionally, exclusive veteran-only events in conjunction with community partners will be scheduled this summer and fall, courtesy of the generous support of Transact Capital Partners.



Who Can Play

The program will provide individuals and military veterans with physical disabilities, visual impairments, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other health related issues with the opportunity to learn the basics of kayaking alongside the region’s most experienced staff.

The Flatwater program is open to those ages 13 and up.

Athletes MUST meet the following Essential Eligibility Criteria:
1.      Breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
2.      Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water
3.      Independently hold head upright without neck / head support
4.      Manage personal care independently or with assistance of a companion
5.      Manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
6.      Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance of a companion
7.      Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket

When & Where

Full Moon Paddle

Occurs every: Wednesday
07/21/2021 6:00 pm
251 Henricus Park Rd Chester, VA 23836 FREQ=WEEKLY;BYDAY=WE;INTERVAL=1;UNTIL=07/21/2021
Dutch Gap Conservation Area
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Whitewater Kayaking

Occurs every: SundaySaturday
07/24/2021 8:00 am
251 Henricus Park Rd Chester, VA 23836 FREQ=WEEKLY;BYDAY=SUSA;INTERVAL=1;UNTIL=07/25/2021
Dutch Gap Conservation Area
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Flatwater Kayaking

Occurs every: Monday
08/09/2021 6:00 pm
Locations Vary
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  • Sportable and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation provide all of the necessary equipment for athletes to participate in this program.
  • If you need specific adaptive equipment, please coordinate with the Program Manager to ensure that equipment is available for you to use.

Not Included

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Program Leadership

Shep Roeper

Program Manager
Greg Velzy Kayaking Coach

Greg Velzy

Kayaking Instructor


Kayaking with Sportable allows me to get out into nature, something that can be extremely difficult for a wheelchair user. Once I’m in a kayak, I can explore all that the James River has to offer while getting a great workout.