Larry Gioia is management consultant at PwC, and when not traveling on business, it’s a safe bet that you can find him doing something active outside with his wife and his dog. Larry is passionate about building and connecting communities and is best known for his work in adaptive sports and advocating for people with disabilities to live active lifestyles. Larry is the Founder of Dynamic Paddlers – a (concierge) kayaking school based in Pittsburgh that offers instruction and training for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Dynamic Paddlers specializes in adaptive kayaking for people with disabilities. He is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified kayaking instructor and one of thirteen ACA Adaptive Kayaking Instructor Trainers in the world. Larry is also the Co-Founder of the Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network.
For more information about Dynamic Paddlers, check out their website at www.dynamicpaddlers.com or follow them on social media using the links below. To contact Larry, connect with him on social media or via email through the links below
Show Notes: Larry Gioia, Founder of Dynamic Paddlers, contact info:
Dynamic Paddlers (Concierge kayaking for people of all ages and abilities):
Pittsburgh Adaptive Sports Network, Co-Founders: Larry Gioia and Jason Miller (For More on Jason, see FitLabPGH podcast/show notes featuring Jason Miller, Founder of Active Cities, released 6/4/17)
Links mentioned in the Podcast:
American Canoe Association (ACA)
National nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport recreation and competition.
Creating Ability, Chatfield, MN- Creating Ability designs and creates adaptive equipment, seating, kayak gear, and paddles for people with disabilites.
Bellyak- a Bellyak is a craft for lay-on-top kayaking. A kayak you ride on your belly. Combines the best aspects of boating and swimming.
North Park Lake- encompassing 3,075 acres in Hampton, McCandless and Pine townships, North Park features a 65-acre lake with fishing and kayaking. Additional amenities include a golf course, pool, ice rink, ballfields, nature center, shelters, off-leash areas, dek hockey rink, and trails.