Adaptive kayaking provides health benefits and new challenges for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Skills are taught through a step-by-step approach beginning in the pool and progressing to flat water on the James and eventually to whitewater for the more adventurous!

Sportable’s kayaking program allows participants to learn and practice basic paddling, kayak rolls, rescue skills, braces, wet exits and more in the pool with our ACA Certified Instructors and volunteers before getting out on the open waters of the James River.


Intro to Kayaking (Prerequisite to River Days)

Pool Sessions *Location/ Date/ Time TBD


James River Days

Flatwater Kayaking 2019: Tuesdays, May 7th-June 18th, 6-8 pm

Whitewater Kayaking 2019: Tuesdays, July 9th-August 20th, 6-8pm 

For more information, please call 804-340-2991.

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The Flatwater program is open to those age 13 and up with a physical disability or visual impairment* interested in learning about the sport of kayaking.

The Whitewater program is open those age 16 and up, or to those 13 years old and up who have completed the Flatwater program series.

Please make sure that all athletes have filled out the Waiver & Release of Liability Form and the Athlete Information Form. Both can be found in our Forms page. Forms must be turned in prior to the first sport session.

For more information, please contact: info@sportable.org or 804. 340. 2991

*The majority of Sportable programs can be adapted for all levels of physical ability, including those individuals who are ambulatory or use a manual or power wheelchair. Sportable reserves the right to hold your registration and place you on a waiting list until we can determine if accommodations for your participation can be made.

Important: You must have a Sportable Athlete Membership before you can register for our sports programs. Please visit our Membership page to sign up to become a Sportable member.


  •  Richmond Virginia
  • James River Outdoor Coalition
  • James River Park
  • Team River Runner
  • Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership