Originally Posted by tonkatruck
so i'm a parapelegic and i need to kayak...
i don't have a death wish but i don't know my limits either, so
does any one out there have thoughts on my situation?
recently i bought a 13ft raft and i've been out a dozon time the problem i'm having is i'm not close enough with the water and a raft no matter the size seems tankish, so blaah this is where i am. help........
Hey, My name is James Smith and I'm a para. T12 to be exact. I'm also an ACA instructor now, as well as swift water rescue certified. I usually run the ark a few times a year but the southeast is getting more popular with me lately.
I think if want to kayak you can, as long as your realistic with your goals and safety. It takes a bit more planning and support, but everyone should use a bit of this on the river. (not just paras) I've taught for the guys from team river runners and the guys from Arkansas canoe club. If I can help you get into whitewater with a kayak feel free to ask anything you have a question about.
I think the first things I should ask you is about your injury level and what kind of boating you want to do. Lower level gives you more boat control, but as long as you have the desire and will, you can get into a kayak. As far as the type of boating you want to do you have to start out like everyone else and get some self rescue skills first. Wet exit, bow rescue, then your roll. I'm not hard on the order but the wet exit is most important. Anyways I'd love to work with you. I've worked with paras and amputees on everything from the roll to cartwheeling. Most important when your starting out is getting your outfitting right. You want to have the most efficient transfer of movement from your body to the boat. I can go into as much detail as you want.