Participation in all Maine Adaptive programs is subject to review and evaluation by Maine Adaptive staff. A physician’s statement is required prior to participation. Lessons are scheduled by appointment based on availability of instructors and equipment. During our scheduled program days, Maine Adaptive offers lift access, instruction, and equipment at no cost.

Guidelines for Participation

To be eligible to participate in Maine Adaptive programming, an individual must:

  • Have a permanent disability.

  • Be age 4 or older (participants aged 4 & 5 will be scheduled for half day lessons and will need to have a parent or guardian present during the lesson).

  • Be seizure free for 3 months and stable on medication; in all cases of identified seizures, however, based on the nature of the activity and a review of the physician statement and medical history, Maine Adaptive may adopt appropriate program procedures to allow or preclude program participation.

  • Understand that they are participating with Maine 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 assistance of a companion.

  • Be able to wear all protective equipment required for the activity.

  • Manage personal care independently or with 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 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.

Additional program specific guidelines:

Alpine skiing:

  • Less than 200 pounds if using sit-down ski equipment.

  • Stand-up skiers (whether independent, on a slider, or on a tether) must be able to assist themselves in getting up from the snow.

Paddle Sports:

  • Be able to hold head upright without head/neck support.

  • Be able to maintain closed mouth/lips while under water.

  • 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.

  • At Maine Adaptive paddling lessons, you will be asked to perform these skills. In order to participate in a River Trip or Coastal Paddle, you must possess these skills as well as successfully execute a wet exit independently.


  • Maintain balance on uneven surfaces and keep an upright position independently, with the use of personal adaptive equipment such as a wheelchair, and/ or with the assistance of a companion.

In order to belay, additional skills include:

o Be able to independently put on a harness, properly attach belay device, confidently perform safety checks and climbing commands.

o Be able to independently and reliably control a climbing rope through a belay device.

o Independently maintain a firm grip on the climbing rope for the time it takes the climber to ascend and descend the climbing surface.


Transportation to all activities is ultimately the responsibility of the participant. The goal of Maine Adaptive is to get individuals active, so they can enjoy sports with their family and friends independently. However, one way people get to lessons is by carpooling with volunteers or other participants. We can provide you with the names and phone numbers of people in your area that would be willing to provide transportation. All you have to do is contact us!

For more information, contact us!