Flutie Watersports Program

A partnership with AccesSportAmerica

The Flutie Foundation is proud to sponsor AccesSportAmerica’s water sports program, the Flutie Watersports Program, for individuals on the autism spectrum taking place in July and August 2021 at Malibu Beach in Boston, MA. This new location is a flat-water lagoon, ideal for teaching water sports.

Annually, the Flutie Foundation is proud to host and sponsor this adaptive program that offers 50+ people with autism the opportunity to take part in windsurfing, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing, and stand up paddling -to name a few- while building confidence and having fun! Minimum age requirement is 6 years old.

The Flutie Watersports Program and AccesSportAmerica will work with any child or adult and parent participation is encouraged! Stable platforms and rigs are used to make all comfortable. The instructor to participant ratio is often 1 to 1 or better.

The following safety procedures will be in effect:

  • All accompanying adults and athletes of eligible age should have had the COVID vaccine. 
  • Masks will be worn on the beach by all and in the outrigger canoes. Once on the water, masks can be removed. Instructors will always wear masks.
  • To minimize close contact with participants, caregivers and relatives must remain close during sessions. When appropriate, parents may participate alongside athletes in sessions if social distancing is not possible. In the past, instructors have provided hand over hand assistance when paddling in the canoe and in other aspects of the various sports. This will now be the responsibility of the parent or caregiver. In case of emergency, a parent or guardian must be on site for the duration of the session.
  • Life jackets will be worn by all athletes, staff, and all others on the water at all times during program.


Email Ellen Fitzpatrick at efitzpatrick@flutiefoundation.org for any questions. 

Dougie Jr. at AccesSportAmerica



"We loved the program. Our daughter has been hesitant to get in the water. After participating in the program, she wanted to go to the beach and try to swim!"


Formally founded in 1995, AccesSportAmerica's water sports program is completely safe while bringing out incredible physical and cognitive gains with all participants. AccesSportAmerica's executive director, Ross Lilley, has been adapting and teaching water sports for over 20 years to people of all dis/abilities. These "high challenge" sports bring out more focus and higher physical function than ever imagined, and the program is great fun for all ages. Various sessions are available, running from July to August. Sign up and discover something new in sport and in your child.