Orientation & Training
All Vermont Adaptive volunteers must complete mandatory orientation and training for their approved sports after their application is complete and approved.
Summer orientation typically occurs in early June. You must be an experienced cyclist, rock climber or paddler depending on the activity for which you want to volunteer. Limited enrollment is available for paddleboard instruction and certification.
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2018 Summer Volunteer Trainings
Training is mandatory for summer volunteers and we would love all of our volunteers to be year-round contributors. Summer programs are a lot of fun and get you out and about on the water, bike path, hiking trail and wherever our adventures take us.
At each training, we review disability awareness, safe practices on the water and bike path and techniques for adaptive paddling/sailing and adaptive cycling. You can attend either one of these events to receive your summer training and once trained can help at ANY of our locations. Come prepared for any weather, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, hats for shade, water and snacks/lunch with you. Also bring a change of clothes (in case you end up getting wet) and a Personal Flotation Device, wetsuit or kayak/canoe if you wish.
NO OPEN TOED SHOES WHILE CYCLING PLEASE…Bring closed-toe shoes for safety while cycling and shoes you don’t mind getting wet for the paddling portion.
- North and Central: Saturday, June 3, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. –Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center on the Burlington Waterfront. Please RSVP Kelly if you plan on attending.
- South: Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. –Chittenden Reservoir Boat Launch. Please RSVP Tom if you plan on attending.
2018 Vermont Adaptive Volunteer Instructor Resource Guide
In addition to our operations manual, which is handed out at orientation, we provide many resources for our volunteer instructors and guides, including a Resource Manual. Feel free to click through the pages below or download a PDF to learn more.