Adaptive Canoeing : Canoeing for the Disabled: Attaching Chair

Adaptive Canoeing : Canoeing for the Disabled: Attaching Chair


Now that you know a little bit more about
adaptive chairs for canoeing, one thing we want to talk about is how to attach the canoe,
or attach the adaptive chair to your canoe. Most canoes here have a little bar going across
it like so. And so what we do is we just take a strap, we call it a cam strap, and we’ll
run it through the slots of the canoe chair like so. And then we’ll also wrap it back
behind the bar a little bit also. That way the canoe, or the chair, won’t be sliding
around and the participant will stay in place. One thing to keep in mind when setting the
system up is you want it, before you fasten down the chair as tight as possible, you want
to try to get it centered in the canoe as much as possible. One caution about canoeing
is a canoe you can tell, it’s pretty narrow and so there’s not a very big bottom surface
area. And so if the weight’s off by a little bit, your canoe will start leaning a lot and
it just creates sort of a more dangerous situation. So before you tighten your canoe in place,
or your chair in place, make sure it’s centered as much as possible.

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