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Children with Physical Disabilities

Children with Physical Disabilities Programming

Our programs for people with physical disabilities and mobility limitations are for all ages and abilities. We have many different types of adaptive equipment for a variety of sports. Our sport-specific equipment allows you to get out and play in the Sea to Sky! If you are interested in bursary funding please see our funding page. If you are new to Whistler Adaptive please register for programs here. If you are a returning athlete and would like more information please contact info@whistleradaptive.com.

Handcycling

Whistler Adaptive has handcycles that are suitable for introducing your child to handcycling or improving their skills. Whether looking to try out off-road trails or just getting comfortable with the bike on the valley trail, our instructors can provide a lesson tailored to your needs. We will provide strapping, padding, cummerbunds and helmets for your 2 hour bike lesson. 

What: Whether your child is using a handcycle for the first time or is experienced, Whistler Adaptive can provide a lesson to suit their needs. 

When: By private booking

Who: Ages 5-18

Where: Various locations - Cross Country Connection, Athletes Center Cheakamus, Spruce Grove, Meadow Park

How to register: Contact us here

Kayaking

We proudly own two Creating Ability adaptive kayaks. These kayaks feature stabilizing pontoons as well as torso and neck support. These boats allow you to enjoy the beautiful views on Alta Lake while paddling independently. Should you prefer to paddle with a friend, partner, or family member, we also have double kayaks available. Our instructors are prepared with foam padding, strapping, and active hands to ensure your safety and comfort. Our kayaking program operates out of the Cabin on Alta Lake which is wheelchair accessible with bathroom and kitchen facilities. 

What: Kayak Alta Lake in one of our many styles of kayaks

When: Mondays 9 am-3 pm from June 15-September 7 | Or by private booking

Who: All ages

Where: The Cabin at Alta Lake Park

How to register: Contact us here

** Interested in competing in Kayaking? The Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization who actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in paddle sports. Our members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators, and supporters of the sport

Canoeing

Whistler Adaptive has equipment to adapt a canoe to suit the needs of any individual. With strapping, padding, cummerbunds, and attachable seats with backrests we can fit a canoe to allow you to enjoy beautiful Alta Lake from the water. Our canoe lessons are typically 2 hours in duration and run out of Wayside Park. 

What: Canoe beautiful Alta Lake

When: Thursdays 10 am-12 pm from June 25-September 10 | Or by private booking

Who: All ages starting at 5+

Where: Wayside Park on Alta Lake

How to register: Contact us here

Paddleboarding

Whistler Adaptive proudly owns an Onit Ability Board - a paddleboard fit with pontoons that allows individuals who use a wheelchair or who have limited mobility to paddleboard! We offer 2 hour private paddleboard lessons for individuals and families to paddle around beautiful Alta Lake. Paddleboard lessons run out of Wayside Park. An instructor will provide all the necessary equipment and make adjustments to suit each individual's needs, as well as accompany the participant on the water. The ability board comes with its own chair that secures on to the board, therefore users will need to transfer into this chair. It is possible for an instructor or family member to join the participant on the paddleboard or for the individual to paddle independently. 

What: Paddleboard using our Onit Ability Board

When: By private booking

Who: All ages starting at 5+

Where: Wayside Park on Alta Lake

How to register: Contact us here

Rowing

Whistler Adaptive offers rowing instruction and coaching using our adaptive rowing shells. These shells can be adapted with stability pontoons, a specialized seat and strapping to suit the needs of any individual. Our rowing program operates out of the cabin on Alta Lake, which is wheelchair accessible with kitchen and bathroom facilities. We offer 2 hour private one-on-one rowing lessons. Rowing offers independence, a great workout, and the thrill of gliding across Alta Lake. It is also a sought-after cross-training tool for competitive para-athletes. For wheelchair users, rowing can be an excellent way to open the chest and strengthen the muscles opposing those that are often overworked. Whether you are a beginner rower or an experienced athlete, Whistler Adaptive can offer a privately booked rowing session that is right for you. 

What: Experience gliding across Alta Lake in a sleek adaptive rowing shell

When: By private booking

Who: Ages 13 and up

Where: The Cabin at Alta Lake Park

How to register: Contact us here

**Interested in competing in rowing? Visit Rowing BC for more information on Para Rowing Centres for Excellence.​

Sailing

Whistler Adaptive offers 2 hour private sailing lessons out of the Whistler Sailing Club on Alta Lake. Our adaptive sailboat is suitable for individuals who use a wheelchair. 

The Martin 16 is a breakthrough in small boat design. The weighted keel makes it a very safe boat for people with physical disabilities. The high lift keel makes the boat very stable, trailer launching is simple and the boat can be easily rigged by one person.

The inherent stability of the boat, along with the adjustable seating and specialized control systems make the Martin 16 truly accessible to all sailors with a physical disability. It is a lively performance boat making it ideal for sailors of all abilities.

The Martin 16 is easily managed by one person with any level of physical ability with a narrow, easily-driven hull that provides impressive performance and excellent responsiveness. Stability and adjustable seating with specialized control systems and the simplicity of use makes the Martin 16 an ideal program boat that can accommodate up to three individuals at one time. 

What: Introduction to Sailing

When: By private booking

Who: Ages 12-18

Where: The Point at Alta Lake

How to register: Contact us here

**Interested in competing in sailing? Check out Sail Canada’s Paralympic pathways: https://www.sailing.ca/cansail-para/

Trail Rider and Hiking

Trail Riders allow people with mobility restrictions to explore Whistler’s beautiful hiking trails with the help of two volunteers navigating the Trail Rider. This innovative adaptive equipment takes accessibility to a whole new level allowing the entire family to enjoy the alpine together! Whether you’re looking for short alpine jaunts, peak-to-peak experiences, or full-day technical trail hikes we are able to cater to your unique needs. 

What: Hiking in Whistler

When: June 2- Sept 8 (Tuesdays at 10 am) & Private booking available

Where: Various locations

Age range: All ages starting at 3

How to register: Contact us here

Ski and Snowboard

Sit-skiing is a popular sport for people with limited lower body strength and people who use wheelchairs, including those with paraplegia and quadriplegia, bilateral lower extremity amputations, or developmental disabilities. For those who have limited balance to hold themselves up, the sit-ski is fit to allow an instructor to maintain control of the ski. We have a full fleet of both bi-skis and mono skis available to help you learn how to sit-ski independently or just enjoy the mountains with a guide and your friends and family. Please bring a warm jacket, snow pants, warm socks, goggles, toque, gloves. Snowsport equipment is available for rent as well as helmets.

What: Adaptive snowsports lessons

When: Dec 1- April 30

Where: Whistler Adaptive Desk at Carleton Lodge

Age range: All ages starting at 3

How to register: Please contact the Whistler Blackcomb Reservations Centre at 1-866-218-9681 or 604-967-8993. Or by email at WBAdaptiveProgram@vailresorts.com. If you need to contact Whistler Adaptive on the day of your lesson please contact the Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program office at 604-905-2071

**Looking to train and compete in Para-Alpine?  Contact us today about options through our Alpine Race Programs. More information on the Para-Alpine development pathway is available at BC Adaptive Snowsports and Alpine Canada  

Nordic Sit Skiing

Nordic sit-skiing is great exercise, which can be practiced with friends or independently. Sit-skis have a molded seat (bucket) with an adjustable back positioned on a metal frame that is mounted on bindings for two skis. The Nordic sit-ski can be used for participants with cognitive disabilities, limited lower body strength, and people who use wheelchairs. Our Nordic coaches are trained in adaptive Nordic skiing ensuring athletes use proper body alignment, climbing techniques, and speed control. We also offer coaching and instruction for athletes with amputations who want to Nordic ski from a standing position.

What: Nordic sit-skiing in Whistler in both group and private format.

When: January 9th to March 19th; Thursdays 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

WhereCross Country Connection at the Passivhaus, Lost Lake trail network.

Age Range: All Ages starting at 3

How to register: Contact us here

**Competitive pathways exist through https://www.crosscountrybc.ca/

Swimming

Swimming is a great way for individuals with limited mobility to get a total body workout. Whether you’ve been swimming for years or new to the pool our certified instructors and coaches will support you in an aquatic environment.

What: The adaptive swimming program is for children and adults who want to improve their swimming abilities and gain independence in an aquatic setting

When: Available from Sept to June for private bookings.

Where: Meadow Park Sports Centre (Meet on the pool deck)

Age range: All ages starting at 3

How to register:  Contact us here.

**Interested in competing in Para-Swimming?  Check out Swim BC’s Para-Swimming page

Strength and Conditioning

Whistler Adaptive offers strength and conditioning training in the gym during the winter and off-snow seasons. These sessions can be tailored to individual needs and use games and activities to focus on balance, stability, strength, and physical literacy. Typically these are group sessions, however we can also offer one-on-one training. 

What: Strength and conditioning sessions tailored to individual needs.

Who: Children and Youth ages 8-18

When: October 10- December 12 (Thursdays 1 pm-2 pm)

Where: Meadow Park Sports Centre / Whistler Mountain Ski Club

How to register: Contact us here

Kids Camp

Kids Camp builds physical literacy through games and activities in a land and water environment for school aged kids and youth. Fun is the name of the game for participants while building physical literacy in land and water sport environments. A typical Friday consists of canoeing, walks around the lake, physical literacy games, snack breaks, lunch, and sometimes crafts. Campers are split into two groups based on ages 5-10 and 11-19.

What: Kids camp is designed for school aged children.  Learn physical literacy through games and activities in a land and water environment.

When: June 3 - Sept 4 (Fridays 9 am- 3 pm)

Where: The Cabin at Alta Lake and Various Field trips around Whistler

Age range: 5 - 19

How to Register: Contact us here

Buddy Programs

Our Buddy Programs pair school age children with diverse needs with trained staff and volunteers so that they can access programming in their municipality. Activities including but not limited to swimming, gymnastics, skating, volleyball, etc.

Squamish

Whistler Adaptive and the Brennan Park Recreation Centre have partnered on the Leisure Buddy Program to pair children (ages 3 to 12) with trained staff and volunteers. The program provides access and inclusion for Squamish and area residents into existing recreational programs through the support of sport assistants (buddies).

What: Integrated and supported programming for children with diverse needs at Brennan Park.

When: Year Round

Where: Brennan Park Recreation Centre

Age range: 3 - 19

How to register: Register through the Brennan Park website for programs and then fill out our buddy request form.

​​Whistler

The Whistler Leisure Buddy Program partners with various sports organizations in the community to pair athletes with diverse needs with trained staff and volunteers. Buddies can be provided for: DFX, WORCA, CanSkate, Ski school, Gymnastics, Sailing Association, and many more.

What: Integrated and supported programming for children with diverse needs in various Whistler sports clubs and programs.

When: Year Round

Where: Various locations around Whistler

Age range: 3 - 19

How to register: Register through the partner organization’s website and then fill out our buddy request form.

​​Pemberton

Whistler Adaptive and the Pemberton & District Community Centre have partnered on the Pemberton & District Leisure Buddy Program to pair children (ages 3 and up), youth and adults with diverse needs with trained staff and volunteers. The program provides access and inclusion for Pemberton and area residents into existing recreational programs through the support of sport assistants (buddies).

What: Integrated and supported programming for children with diverse needs in various Pemberton and District programs.

When: Year round

Where: Pemberton & District Community Centre

Age range: 3 - adult

How to register: Register through the Pemberton & District Community Centre website for their programming then fill out our buddy form.

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