Paddle Pro Design


Paddle Pro Design



Rose J Schaffer, Allison Shaw, Abigail Marie Ward


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



The group set out to design a product that makes a creek more accesible for children who are differently abled. A kayak paddle assistive device, the Paddle Pro, was designed that would be able to help those with minimal hand and core strength be able to paddle. This device can also be used as a training mechanism to help young children learn how to paddle a kayak, especially if it is their first-time kayaking. The Paddle Pro is a t-stand that attaches to the base of a kayak. It has a suction cup base with PVC pipe attachments that will provide support to the paddle. The ball and socket joint is connected to a “steering wheel” style attachment which provides a wide range of motion in order to create the right form for paddling a kayak. In addition, the group added Velcro hand straps that helped provide support to children with minimal hand strength.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Beth Sensel Hart

Primary Advisor's Department

Diversity Engineering Program


Stander Symposium project

Paddle Pro Design