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Paddling for those with disabilities

Paddling with a Disability

Norwich Canoe Club supports and encourages anyone with a disability to learn to paddle canoe and kayak. We are one of two British Canoeing Para-Talent Club Partners in the UK. We run sessions on the water every weekday morning especially for para paddlers. And because of our wide-ranging experience and resources para paddlers travel regularly from far and wide to be a part of our sessions.

We support paddlers with a wide range of disabilities including complete and incomplete spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and those who have lost a limb.

Specialist coaching

We have specialist para coaches who have attended coach disability courses run by British Canoeing and British Canoeing staff often visit the club. Our coaches have a wide range of experience and expertise in coaching for performance as well.

Specialist boats and equipment

We have extremely stable kayaks with supportive high backed bucket seats, open canoes with adapted seats, and Va’a canoes which have an outrigger – again specially adapted seats. We also have full of foam blocks etc for those who need extra support or padding. Our modern clubhouse is wheelchair friendly, with ramps and lift access to wheelchair friendly changing rooms and showers.

Sprint and marathon racing

And if you want to race, you can! There are opportunities to gain a para classification several times a year and there are many different classes for you to race in sprint regattas at Holme-Pierrepont. We can take your boat etc as the club always takes a large trailer.

Want to talk to someone?

If you would like to talk about the Paddle-Ability sessions available, please contact the Paddle-Ability Co-ordinator, Martin Matthews or our para coach Tim Scott. They can be contacted on paddleability@norwichcanoeclub.co.uk
Martin can also advise on adaptive equipment or specialist clothing as he worked with Olympic para-canoeists in this area.

Or you can complete the form below….

Please write you message to the Paddle-Ability Coordinator
If you wish you can provide an outline of your disability/uniqueness here




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