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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. 


Team Mixed Plate

Competitive outrigger paddling is a great team sport, and it's perfect for bringing together youth of different abilities.  Team Mixed Plate, a unique mixed abilities paddling team welcomes both your with disabilities and their typically developed peers.  The team trains together in Newport Beach and competes in races throughout Southern California and beyond.

Now recruiting!  Please contact Head Coach Noah Rossellini for more information.

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 2024. Please sign up for our mailing list to receive information as we approach the 2024 start date.

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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