Learn about Makapo's programs for the blind and visually impaired.

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September 16, 2017 – Please join us for our next Ohana Day! For more information on the Ohana Day and Rec Paddle programs and how to start paddling with Makapo, please email us at, or RSVP using the links provided in our main menu above.


The Makapo Aquatics Project is an Orange County based group that provides recreational therapy to the blind and visually impaired using outrigger paddling as the main activity. Makapo aims to provide programs that are safe and appropriate for a wide range of abilities and interest levels. Participants are members of the blind and visually impaired community, their family, and friends. By addressing the physical and emotional needs of participants and encouraging the adoption of an active lifestyle, Makapo seeks to make a positive impact on the quality of life of every participant.

The majority of Makapo’s programs are held at the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach, CA.  These programs cater to all levels of fitness providing opportunities for both recreational and competitive paddling.

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Many of the services Makapo provides are at little or no cost to our blind participants.  Please help us continue to change the lives of our paddlers and family by making a contribution.

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