People interested in volunteering to work with the PAAL program need to fill out a Volunteer application and get a Criminal Record Check (volunteer forms available to take to City Police in order to wave the fees). If you are interested in volunteering for PAAL please email usaskrec@usask.ca 

Download and print our volunteer application form below and drop if off in PAC 222.

Volunteer Applications due January 2, 2023

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.


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.


Summer Camp

For information on our PAAL Summer Camp, click here.


Winter Programs

Child/Teen PAAL

Saturdays – January 14 - April 1, 2023
Ages 5 - 10   9:00am - 10:30am   EDUC
Ages 11 - 18   10:45am - 12:15pm   EDUC


PAAL Fitness

Tuesdays – January 17 - March 28, 2023
Ages 18+   6:00 - 7:00pm   PAC

Thursdays – January 19 - March 30, 2023
Ages 18+   6:00 - 7:00pm   PAC



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