Ten years after becoming an amputee, Joe Moore left a law career to share his love of an active outdoor recreation lifestyle with others. In 2011, Joe returned home to Charleston, SC and began looking for advice about ways to sea kayak and surf again (ways to stay fit and healthy), and the only places people could refer him was to Special Olympics and Therapeutic Recreation programs focusing on mental health recovery. Joe immediately incorporated Adaptive Expeditions as a South Carolina non-profit corporation. Later in 2011, Joe started a journey of training and education to become an adaptive sports and recreation industry leader. In 2013, Joe joined the staff of the American Canoe Association (ACA) to help redevelop its adaptive paddling program and to lead the organization’s education and outreach efforts. In 2014, Joe designed and implemented the inaugural ACA Adaptive Paddling Summit. In February 2015, Joe brought Adaptive Expeditions out of dormancy as an interactive, experiential, educational nonprofit designed to empower individuals with physical disabilities with the skills and confidence to maintain active, independent lifestyles. Adaptive Expeditions leads local programs in Charleston, SC and teaches outdoor recreation industry best practices around the country.
ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW)
Date: April 23, 4-7 p.m. and April 24-25, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
At the core of the ACA Adaptive Program, Adaptive Paddling Workshops (APWs) provide the information necessary to seamlessly integrate individuals with physical disabilities into outdoor recreation programs in the context of paddlesports. ACA Instructors in any paddling discipline can earn the Adaptive Paddling Instructor Endorsement. ACA Instructors can also receive a one-time Update for Instructor Certification maintenance.