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Our Mission

We share in the belief that water is the ultimate equalizer and venture to create unique opportunities for youth and adults to develop independence, maintain personal fitness, and gain self-confidence through paddling.

Who is Dynamic Paddlers

My name is Larry Gioia and I am the Founder of Dynamic Paddlers.

I have been kayaking for 10 years and am an American Canoe Association certified Level 3 Sea Kayak coach with an ACA Adaptive Endorsement.

In 2011, I was introduced to a kayaker who paddles with a below-elbow amputation. This paddler’s personal desire to maintain an active lifestyle and his story of recovery have served as an inspiration for many. They had such a lasting impression on me, that I began to get more involved with adaptive sports and adaptive athletes here in Pittsburgh.

Dynamic Paddlers was born out of my passion for paddling, teaching, community building, and growing the sport of kayaking in our region.

Over the past four years, my team and I have helped to introduce hundreds of youth and adults, of all abilities, to the sport of kayaking.

We look forward to getting on the water with you.

Personalized Training

We work with every one of our students, athletes, and groups to develop safe, fun, memorable, and unique paddling experiences.

Whether it is meeting at your favorite paddling location, customizing the instruction based on your goals, or helping to adapt the kayak for your comfort – we will work one-on-one to tailor the experience to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

A Community Partner

We have partnered with some of the best organizations in the region to promote community outreach, develop programming, and deliver high-quality paddling education and training.