Volunteers

Volunteers play a key role in the PAAL program – they guide the participants through each session, helping them to feel supported and successful in being physically active. 1-2 volunteers are paired with a participant for the duration of the term, which allows the chance for a meaningful relationship to develop, as well as creates consistency for the participants. Aside from creating an inclusive, supportive atmosphere, volunteers are responsible for tasks such as supervising and participating in the instructor-led pool and gym activities alongside their participant, socializing with and getting to know their participant, assisting with changing, helping to adapt activities if need be, and enhancing the overall experience for our participants.  

Activities include learning skills in sports such as basketball, soccer, and floor hockey, working on creative movement through guided-discovery games, and swimming techniques based on individual comfort and skill level. Each session aims to work on one or more fundamental movement pattern while incorporating teamwork and social games throughout. This volunteer opportunity can be used towards volunteer hours, to build your resume, and is a very rewarding experience overall!

Interested?

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the volunteer application form below and send it to usaskrec.aquatics@usask.ca or bring it in person to the PAC (room 222). Once approved, a criminal record check will also be required (a reference letter will be provided to waive the fee).

Volunteer Applications due January 5, 2024.

Program Information

PAAL (Physical Activity for Active Living) is a program for individuals of all ages who are experiencing physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Our mission is to provide quality physical activity with an emphasis on fun, skill development, and social interaction.

Child/Teen PAAL

Child/Teen PAAL is a program for children and youth ages 5-18 who are experiencing physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Each participant has 1-2 volunteers who assist them through the instructor-led group and individual activities.

Aquatics: The water’s relaxing effect and stimulating qualities are used in working on fundamental to technical swimming skills and games (based on the participant’s prior aquatic abilities and comfortability).

Movement Activities: Through guided-discovery activities, participants work to develop expression of self through different ways of moving one’s body, improvisation, and coordination, often to music. There is also a focus on foundational movements such as sending, receiving, evading, and different types of locomotion, which are emphasized through sport-based activities.

Group Games: Participants play through games which encourage team cooperation, sharing, and social interaction.

PAAL Fitness

PAAL Fitness is a program for adults who are experiencing physical and/or intellectual disabilities and are 18+ years of age. This program focuses on promoting physical fitness through aerobic exercise, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility, along with building meaningful social connections. Exercise programs are created for the participants which are individualized and adapted throughout the term to meet their goals. Each participant has 1-2 volunteers who assist them throughout the workouts.      

PAAL Summer Camp

The PAAL Summer Camp is designed for children and youth experiencing intellectual and/or physical disabilities who are between the ages of 5 to 18. The camp provides the opportunity to be physically active, socialize with others, work on skill development, and have lots of fun in the sun! Volunteers assist the participants through the activities to ensure each participant is successful in being active.

Note:

Participants must be able to change from street clothes to swim suites and back to street clothes with minimal assistance (ie. the participant can step/place their feet into their pant legs and volunteers help to pull them up, the participant can work with the volunteer in helping to get their shirt over their head, arms, and torso). 

If the participant wears incontinence protection (pull ups) they must be able to change in and out of protection with minimal assistance. Due to safety concerns, USask Rec volunteers and staff will NO longer be responsible for completing this personal hygiene task for PAAL participants.

Participants will be active in two activities per week, the pool and structured activities in the gym/playroom, as a result it is the expectation that participants will stay with their group in the activity area and partake in the activities provided.

Participants must be willing to follow the directions of the coordinator/ instructors/volunteers.

We kindly ask that, if your child does not meet these requirements, please refrain from registering in the PAAL program. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Schedule

Summer Camp

For information on our PAAL Summer Camp, click here.

 

Fall 2023

Child/Teen PAAL

Saturdays – September 16 - December 2, 2023
Ages 5 - 10   9:00am - 10:30am   EDUC
Ages 11 - 18   10:45am - 12:15pm   EDUC

$205

PAAL Fitness

Saturdays – September 19 - November 30, 2023
Tuesday and/or Thursday sessions
Ages 18+  6:00pm - 7:00pm   EDUC

$150/per session

Winter 2024

Child/Teen PAAL

Saturdays – January 14 - March 23, 2024
Ages 5 - 10   9:00am - 10:30am   EDUC
Ages 11 - 18   10:45am - 12:15pm   EDUC

$205

PAAL Fitness

Saturdays – January 16 - March 28, 2024
Tuesday and/or Thursday sessions
Ages 18+  6:00pm - 7:00pm   EDUC

$150/per session

Questions?

For more information contact:

usaskrec.aquatics@usask.ca