Helping us provide adaptive climbing opportunities

Helping us provide adaptive climbing opportunities

Volunteering with CACS

Canadian Adaptive counts on passionate and engaged volunteers. From admin to climbing we rely on individuals with diverse skillsets. We have found that the most effective combination of healthcare and technical climbing knowledge allows us to offer engaging climbing sessions.
We typically pair Occupational/Physical Therapists with a crew of trained and vetted climbers and belayers to make sure everyone is safe, and the level of challenge is just right. Our ratios for programs aim for a minimum of 3-1 to ensure that there are plenty of folks to give encouragement, spot problems and keep safety front of mind.

Volunteer Roles

Our Wellbeing Aids- typically OT/PT/RN/ Kinesiologist or students with knowledge of human mechanics and movement ensure that we can identify and create adaptive solutions, provide warm up, cool down, stretching, and help prevent injury during programs. We have a great group of folks who work day in day out with mobility and accessibility and are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our participants.
Climbing Volunteers- CACS has people who are passionate about safety climbing on our team who specialize in the technical aspect of climbing, belay, and rigging. We work within a framework that puts emphasis on real climbing using counterweight and other adaptive climbing systems to create a more level playing field.
Our ratios for programs aim for a minimum of 3-1 to ensure that there are plenty of folks to give encouragement, spot problems and keep safety front of mind.

Ground Crew

Helps fit and equip climbers with the necessary gear, gives assistance to participants from the ground in the form of coaching and belay. These folks are often times Rec climbers and healthcare professionals who are passionate about helping you get the most out of your climbing experience.

Wall Crew

You will often see these folks climbing alongside you or in our counterbalance chair where they can take photos of your ascent, help with wayfinding and hold selection, and giving encouragement as you progress up the climb.

Rigging Crew

Our vetted and highly trained riggers are the folks who set up the systems we use and ensure that it provides a safe climb. These folks are climbing professionals who work at height and know the ropes. We work with ACMG guides, Climbing Gym Staff, and experienced climbers who are familiar with the technical details of our system and program.

Admin/Media/Fundraising

We get amazing help with all things not climbing from folks who believe in what we do and want to help grow adaptive climbing to its full potential. From web designers, social media influencers, event planners, grant application gurus, photographers, film makers. Some of whom climb and some who just love what we do.

Ground Crew

Helps fit and equip climbers with the necessary gear, gives assistance to participants from the ground in the form of coaching and belay. These folks are often times Rec climbers and healthcare professionals who are passionate about helping you get the most out of your climbing experience.

Wall Crew

You will often see these folks climbing alongside you or in our counterbalance chair where they can take photos of your ascent, help with wayfinding and hold selection, and giving encouragement as you progress up the climb.

Rigging Crew

Our vetted and highly trained riggers are the folks who set up the systems we use and ensure that it provides a safe climb. These folks are climbing professionals who work at height and know the ropes. We work with ACMG guides, Climbing Gym Staff, and experienced climbers who are familiar with the technical details of our system and program.

Admin/Media/Fundraising

We get amazing help with all things not climbing from folks who believe in what we do and want to help grow adaptive climbing to its full potential. From web designers, social media influencers, event planners, grant application gurus, photographers, film makers. Some of whom climb and some who just love what we do.

How to get involved

Interested in helping with CACS as a Volunteer?
We have a great survey that lets us know how your awesome skills can help us become even better.
Come out and view an upcoming event and have a chat with one of our other volunteers. Just fill out the contact form and one of our program coordinators will get in touch with you to let you know about our next event.
As a registered NFP we rely on donations (in kind/ monetary): federal, provincial and private grants, as well as event funds. If you love what we do but can’t spare the time, consider a donation.

Why to get involved

Everyone’s motivation is different and the reasons to volunteer are numerous, but here is what we think it is all about.

  • Helping create a safe, inclusive and diverse community of climbers.
  • Reducing barriers for people living with differing ability levels.
  • Encouraging movement and physical activity.

  • Learning new skills and sharing our knowledge base with others.

  • Making lifelong friends and supporting each other achieve our goals.

I think CACS’s vision is spot on. As long as a climber who is open to creativity and flexibility, there’s a way to get them on the wall (or on rock) and achieve their own personal climbing goals. As the program continues to grow, it will be exciting to see the shift in mindset from the community; from “there’s no way I could ever climb”, to “let’s find a way to make it happen”.

Jess Conti (OT- volunteer)

“I enjoy both the physical and mental challenges of climbing, as well as the comradery and friendships I developed through being a part of the CACS. I encourage people to step outside their comfort zones and work to overcome their unique personal challenges.”

Donovan Tildesley
“Through CACS, I’ve rediscovered a whole new way to appreciate and love this sport. You get to be around some incredible folks that are strong and committed to pushing their comfort zone, irrespective of their physical abilities. That’s the kind of stoke and passion I want to surround myself with and be inspired by, and CACS gives me an opportunity to experience that.”
Pranav Menon
“I got involved with CACS because of previous involvement with adaptive skiing (CADS). as a new climber, I wanted to know what might be for this sport as well, and was lucky to find Brent and CACS. My favourite thing about adaptive climbing is the attitude that anyone can get on the rock and give it a go, because the pleasure of the outdoors is and should be accessible to everyone, you just need to figure out how.”
Caroline Perrin
“One of the reasons that originally drew me towards volunteering is the creativity and dedication that is involved in making the sport of climbing accessible to all abilities. An enormous amount of time and effort is placed into the organization by the programming team and volunteers, which is evidently driven by their compassion for others and love for the sport. ”
Martyna K.

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