Each participant must:
General - for all programs
- Come to the program prepared for the weather and conditions of the day, including dressing for the elements and being able to provide own sun/rain protection and hydration/snacks
- Be able to manage personal care such as dressing, toileting, eating and drinking independently or with the assistance of a companion (friend, PCA, family member) who accompanies individual and serves as caretaker
- Be able to transfer on/off/in/out of equipment independently or with assistance (if over 200# must provide own transfer assistance)
- Be able to follow verbal and/or visual directions independently or with the assistance of a companion, caretaker or interpreter
- Be able to alert program staff to your needs/discomforts independently or with the assistance of a companion, caretaker or interpreter
Be able and willing to wear protective equipment properly, such as helmets and personal flotation devices
- Use equipment appropriate for personal weight without going beyond the weight capacity of program equipment
- e able to refrain from behaviors that pose a risk (such as aggression, inability to set boundaries, lack of safety awareness, drug/alcohol use or influence) to self or others, independently or with caretaker assistance
If attending as a parent/staff/guardian:
- Be able to stay on site
- Be able to provide a cell phone number for contact if leaving recreation area while remaining on site
- Be able to participate in the activity to the extent of personal ability and skill
If providing physical support:
- Be able to come prepared to support 1:1 with child/client/charge as needed
- Be able and willing to lift, pull, push, and perform work needed for the weight and distance/terrain involved
Additional Criteria for each activity:
- Be able and willing to follow basic rules of safe riding on a rail trail with street crossings
- Be able and willing to respect the mechanical integrity of bikes
- Be able and willing to avoid trail hazards, as guided if needed
- Be willing to stay on the bike trail within the limits of park boundaries
- Be able to tolerate moderate physical exertion
- Be able and willing to respect your limitations with regards to how far you plan to go
- Be able to return bike on time
- Be able to tolerate moderate physical exertion for up to one hour
- Be able to traverse moderate terrain for up to one mile on designated trails (often accessible)- independently or with the use of approved adaptive equipment – at a slow to moderate pace
- Be able and willing to stay with the group and travel at a designated pace (based on slower hikers)
Rugged outing – same as above plus
- Be able to traverse rugged terrain typical of standard hiking trails - with rocks, roots, grades, cross slopes, un-ramped bridges, etc. – independently or with the use of approved adaptive equipment - for up to 3 miles at a slow to moderate pace.
- Be able to breathe independently without the use of medical devices to sustain breathing
- Be comfortable with being wet and the possibility of being in the water (in case of a capsize)
- Be able and willing to wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket
- Be able to maintain face up position while in water wearing a pfd
- Be able to maintain upright head position with or without head support device/technique while in boat
- Be able to tolerate sitting in balanced position in a kayak or canoe with or without modification for up to 40 minutes (potentially longer if a river trip)
- Be able and willing to paddle with the group at a designated pace (based on slowest paddlers)
Site Specific (Paddling)
- Hampton Ponds/Quinsigamond/Connecticut River – Be able to tolerate moderate wave action from passing motorboats
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