PADDLE PROGRAM

Paddleboarding & Kayaking are wonderful activities for all ages and ability levels.  

Some people paddle for a heart-racing workout and others use it for a relaxing day on the water.  Either way, they are activities that encourage physical fitness and adventure!  DREAM has standard paddleboards & kayaks as well as adaptive equipment, including Onit Ability paddleboards that include a customized locking chair and outriggers to provide stability.

We hope you’ll join us on the water!

Please read the requirements and program info below, then scroll down further to register!

General EEC

  • Individual lives with a long-term disability and requires specialized instruction or adaptive equipment to recreate outdoors.
  • Individual is 5 years old, or older.
  • Individual is cleared by their doctor to participate in designated activity.
  • While participating with DREAM programs, individual can refrain from risky behavior that pose a threat to themselves and others including: aggressive behavior, ignoring safety precautions identified by instructors, drug/alcohol use, inability to set boundaries pertaining to their physical ability and needs.
  • Individual can contribute to a safe learning environment. Harassment and abusive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Individual can follow instructions given by instructors independently or with the assistance of a companion*.
  • Individual can wear all protective equipment required for the activity.
  • Individual can manage personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion*.
  • Individual can breathe independently and does not require medical devices to sustain breathing.

DREAM reserves the right to request that a guardian/caregiver be accessible to program staff while the athlete is participating in the program.
* For the use of this document, a companion can be a personal support person, family member, or friend and excludes any and all DREAM instructors or assistants.

Water Sports/Paddle Program-EEC

  • Be able to hold head upright without head/neck support
  • Be able to maintain closed mouth/lips while underwater
  • Be able to turn from face down to face up independently in water, while wearing a properly fitted life vest
  • Have the ability to remain seated and balanced in/on a watercraft (with or without adaptive equipment)
  • Be able to reenter a capsized watercraft independently or with the assistance of others

If you are not able to meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC’s) listed above and want to discuss alternative options, or have any questions and need clarification, please contact DREAM program staff @ programs@dreamadaptive.org; (406)862-1817

Each session runs from 10A-noon.  Equipment, life-jackets, and instructors provided.

Program Fee:  $10/session; financial aid scholarships are available, click here to learn more.

Advanced registration required.  See below tab for registration information.

Schedule 
• Friday, June 18:  Whitefish City Beach
• Friday, June 25:  Whitefish City Beach w/ optional Whitefish River Float
• Friday, July 2:  Somers Picnic & Swim Area
• Friday, July 9:  Whitefish City Beach
• Friday, July 30:  Whitefish City Beach
• Friday, Aug. 6:  Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Schedule a custom outing with friends, family, or as a group!  Please contact us to book at least two weeks in advance.  You’ll receive the support of trained DREAM instructors and have the use of our standard and /or adaptive equipment.

*Rate will be determined by the desired number of people, duration, and location.

contact:  programs@dreamadaptive.org

We are continuously evaluating the COVID-19 situation and health department/CDC recommendations to ensure you can participate in outdoor recreation with DREAM while mitigating the risks.  

Registration Steps

If you participated with DREAM in the past two years you should already have created an account in our new system.


 

  1.   Please login through this link and complete the steps below!
  2. *DONT MISS THIS STEP!* Update Your Profile:  Once logged-in , go to the navigation drop-down on the right side and select “Update My Profile“.
    • Complete ALL information in sections labeled “All Users” or “Participants“.   Missing information may delay your participation.  This information will be securely stored in our system and you’ll only need to review it once a year or update it on an as-needed basis.  
  3. SIGN UP for Paddle Opportunities  In the online system, go back to the navigation drop-down on the right side and select “Register Programs/Events”  Select the 2021 Paddle Program and complete all fields and info.
  4. Liability Waiver and Media Release.  Click HERE to complete the TWO separate online forms.
    • These forms must be completed once per year.   If you completed it within the last year, please do not fill it out again (we get charged!) Family members/caregivers who will participate must complete separate forms.

How To Sign Up Video! click here

Once you complete all steps we’ll contact you to confirm your registration.


Financial aid scholarships are available.  Click here to learn more.

Questions?  Email: programs@dreamadaptive.org or call 406-862-1817 and we’ll be glad to help!

New Participants  If you are new to DREAM or haven’t participated in a few years, follow these steps to create a new account in our system and register for the Paddle Program.

  1. CREATE an Account:  Each individual participant must have a unique login and account.
    • Click on the following link to Create an Account
    • Once you’ve created an account, follow the prompts and Log-In.
  2. *DONT MISS THIS STEP!* Update Your Profile:  Once logged-in (log in HERE), go to the navigation drop-down on the right side and select “Update My Profile”?
    • Complete ALL information that is labeled for “All Users” or “Participants”.   Missing information may delay your participation.  This information will be securely stored in our system and you’ll only need to review it once a year or update on an as-needed basis.  
  3. SIGN UP for Paddle Opportunities  In the online system, go back to the navigation drop-down on the right side and select “Register Programs/Events”  Select the 2021 Paddle Program and complete all fields and info.
  4. Liability Waiver and Media Release.  Click HERE to complete the TWO separate online forms.
    • These forms must be completed once per year.  Family members/caregivers who are participating must complete separate forms.

Here is a how-to video for the registration process if needed.

Once you complete all steps we’ll contact you to confirm your lesson(s)!


Financial aid scholarships are available.  Click here to learn more.

Questions?  Email: programs@dreamadaptive.org and we’ll be glad to help!