Surf's Up at AccesSurf!By NCHPAD News, Vol. 8, No. 11
Publication Date: November 2009
Article describes an adaptive surf program for individuals with disabilities. Located on the island of Honolulu, Hawaii, the non-profit AccesSurf started out by creating easier access for all beachgoers by putting down wheelchair-accessible pathway mats on the sand, followed by the provision of adaptive water equipment and therapeutic surf and swim instruction. Their monthly Day at the Beach, open to people with any type of disability and their families, introduces attendees to adaptive water equipment including wave skis, specialized surf boards and other flotation devices. Attendees may then sign up through AccesSurf for lessons by a certified instructor, learning snorkeling, surfing, stand-up paddling, or swimming. AccesSurf also hosts a Challenged Athlete’s Division in their Duke’s Oceanfest, an annual ocean games competition. More information about these programs can be found at http://www.accessurfhawaii.org/.
Published by: National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) (Website:http://www.ncpad.org )
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