How To Build An Adaptive Paddling Fixture for Kayaking

Friday, 03 December 2010
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Adaptive Paddling Fixture for Kayaking

Step-by-step instruction website, instructables.com has just published plans to help people who are unable to hold up their kayak paddle but still want to get out and try kayaking.

 
The "Adaptive Paddling Fixture for Kayaking" is a device designed by that easily attaches to any sit-on-top kayak. It is designed to hold the kayak paddle up and outfront of the user. The fixture has a pivoting head where the paddle attaches making it extremely easy for anybody to use it.

 
The other interesting part of the design is that it is height adjustable so you can raise it for somebody to paddle with their arms or lower it down allowing a participant to paddle their kayak using their feet.

Adaptive Paddling Fixture for Kayaking

The Adaptive Paddling Fixture was designed by Mark Theobald, from Camarillo, CA who is also the owner of the adaptive adventure company, Disabled Adventurers. Disabled Adventures describes itself as "all about bringing the sport of sit-on-top ocean kayaking and scuba diving to people with various levels of disability, through training and development of adaptive fixtures."

 
instructables.com has the whole project laid out in a couple of steps and everything can be made from items found at your local Home Depot.

Photo Credits: Mark Theobald

 
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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