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In partnership with Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation and Beyond Boundaries, we offer Flatwater Kayaking to encourage physical fitness, nature exploration, and adventure.

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.


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

Flatwater Kayaking

Occurs every: Thursday
05/19/2022 6:00 pm
251 Henricus Park Rd Chester, VA 23836 FREQ=WEEKLY;BYDAY=TH;INTERVAL=1;UNTIL=05/26/2022
Dutch Gap Conservation
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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.


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Program Leadership

Shep Roeper

Program Manager
Greg Velzy Kayaking Coach

Greg Velzy