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An inclusive youth outrigger paddling team celebrates finishing a race.


Play is an important part of every child's development, and nothing beats playing outside and on the water!  Makapo's Keiki Krew Program at the Newport Aquatic Center welcomes kiddos ages 8 and up with all disabilities to learn about outrigger paddling.   We've created an inclusive recreational outrigger paddling program for kiddos, their family, and their friends.  By becoming more active in a team activity, participants will be able to gain  the same physical and emotional benefits open to those who are not disabled. 

An inclusive group of children with disabilites paddles an outrigger canoe.

Keiki Krew Rec Team

The Keiki Krew Rec Team combines traditional paddling-focused sessions with educational opportunities to practice life skills while  engaging in an active sport that allows participants to reap both physical and social-emotional benefits.  Our highly trained and passionate coaches and staff create a safe and fun environment that helps o build connection between all participants to create a meaningful shared experience.

Coming Spring of 2023. Please sign up for our mailing list to receive information as we approach the 2023 stat date.

Krewzers Racing Team

Building upon the lessons learned in the Krewzers program, paddlers can graduate to the Keiki Krew Racing Team.  The team has an increased practice schedule to prepare paddlers for racing in SCORA races that will have them compete with other peers - without accommodations or adaptations.  Paddlers will learn to paddle 6 person canoes (OC6), 2 person canoes (OC2), and 1 person canoes (OC1) to open the doors for more participation.

Practices start in Spring 2023!

An inclusive group of children with disabilites paddles an outrigger canoe.
A mother with her son in her lap both sitting in a canoe.

Parent & Me Paddling

Come out and play at the Newport Aquatic Center!  The Makapo programs at the NAC allow families whose members have disabilities the chance to get on the water and enjoy time together in a safe controlled activity.  Our Parent & Me Paddling Program welcomes families with young children to try outrigger paddling in Newport’s Back Bay.  We provide the equipment, instruction, and expertise to make your family’s time with us a memorable experience.  This is a great way to try paddling for the first time.

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