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 Requirements

  • Have a permanent disability.
  • Be age 5 or older.
  • Identify seizures within the past year;  based on the nature of the activity and a review of the physician statement and medical history, DREAM Adaptive may adopt appropriate program procedures to allow or preclude program participation.
  • Understand that they are participating with DREAM Adaptive.
  • Be able to actively participate & engage appropriately in the lesson. Harassment or abusive behavior towards others, for any reason, is not tolerated.
  • Be able to follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with the assistance of a companion
  • Be able to wear all protective equipment required for the activity
  • Manage personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion
  • Participants may not participate in the program if we have reason to believe that they would put another participant, volunteer, or staff member at risk
  • If the student is a minor or if they have a guardian/caregiver, the guardian/caregiver must be accessible to program staff while the student is participating in the program
  • Be able to breathe independently, not require medical devices to sustain breathing

Water Sports/Paddle Program

  • 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 a boat (with or without adaptive equipment)
  • Be able to reenter a capsized boat independently or with the assistance of others
  • Successfully execute a wet exit independently for any advanced paddle trips

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 (tentative dates)
• 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

May:  Bigfork Whitewater Festival, Paddleboard Race in Bigfork Bay – more details coming soon!

  • advanced paddle-board athletes only

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

2021 Registration will open soon!  

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  coming soon for 2021
  4. PAY for your lessons  coming soon for 2021
  5. 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 – coming soon!

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  Info coming soon for 2021
  4. PAY for your lessons info coming soon for 2021
  5. 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!