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Adaptive Paddling

Paddling unifies and heals us. Adaptive Paddling classifications include amputation and other limb impairments, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries, and more. Organizations like Dynamic Paddlers sprang out of the desire of a man with a below elbow amputation to be active on the water. Paddling programs like Team River Runner and River House focus on giving back to veterans. After years of the damaging affects of service, these veterans experience the healing peace of our beautiful state’s waters. Out in nature, exerting themselves on the water, we, the diverse community, become one and become better selves.


Western and Southwestern PA

Dynamic Paddlers

Three Rivers Rowing Adaptive Paddling

Team River Runner Pittsburgh

River House PA

Archilles International Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Adaptive Sports

Strong as Steel Adaptive Sports

Three Rivers Park District


Southeastern PA

Team River Runner Southeast PA

Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports Programs

Archilles International Philadelphia

Schuylkill River Outfitters

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ACA Videos

River Links

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  • Susquehanna River Keeper Carol Parenzan

    Riverkeeper Recognized for Environmental Excellence

    Riverkeeper Recognized for Environmental Excellence

    LEWISBURG (March 28, 2017) – In just one short year, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper [...]

  • Cheat River Festival 2016

    The annual Cheat River Festival is a celebration of new life, that which comes each Spring and the new life that can be found in the Ch [...]

  • Justin Padgett ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

    Spinal Immobilization in a River with Justin Padgett

    Possible spinal injuries on the river can be a terrifying thought but, using the water to assist  your situation could make all the diff [...]

  • Justin Padgett discussing shoulder dislocation

    Shoulder Dislocation with Justin Padgett

    The dislocated shoulder is an injury that can happen to any boater and most likely will.
    If you have never had a dislocated shoulder tha [...]

  • ACA Paddle Zine

    ISSU 4 of ACA Paddling Zine