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The beach is a place of relaxation, fun and tranquillity for many people. However, for individuals with mobility challenges, accessing and enjoying the beach can be a daunting task.
Fortunately, many beach destinations now offer beach matting and wheelchair hire services, making it possible for everyone to embrace the sun, sand and sea.
In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of beach wheelchair hire and provide some valuable tips for users to ensure a memorable and accessible beach experience.
Inclusivity: Beach wheelchair hire services promote inclusivity and ensure that everyone, regardless of their mobility limitations, can enjoy the natural beauty of the beach.
Independence: There are a few types of beach wheelchairs and some allow for independent operation while others require assistance to push. Make sure you know which one you’re after to freely explore the sandy terrain and cool water your way.
Comfort: These specialised wheelchairs are equipped with large, wide wheels for a smooth ride and have varied options for comfortable seating and backrest support.
Quality Time: Families and friends can spend quality time together on the beach, knowing that everyone can participate and enjoy the experience.
Beach matting and wheelchair hire services have revolutionised the way individuals with mobility challenges experience the beach. With the right preparation a day at the beach can be an enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone.
By planning ahead and following these tips, you can make the most of your time at the beach, basking in the sun, enjoying the sea breeze and creating cherished memories with loved ones. So, don’t hesitate to explore the beauty of the beach – it’s an accessible paradise waiting for you.
Plan Ahead: Check our property listings for details. Contact the beach wheelchair rental service in advance to check availability, reservation procedures and pricing. It’s essential to plan your beach visit to ensure a seamless experience.
Know Your Abilities: Understand your physical limitations and be realistic about what you can comfortably do on the beach. This will help you make the most of your beach day without overexerting yourself. Consider hiring or providing your own life jacket to ensure you are safe while in the water.
Sun Protection: Beaches can be sunny, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen generously, wear a wide-brimmed hat and bring sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Consider hiring or bringing your own wetsuit, it will protect you from the sun and help you with body temperature regulation.
Hydrate: Stay hydrated throughout your beach day by bringing plenty of water with you. The combination of sun and physical activity can lead to dehydration.
Pack Essentials: Carry a small bag with your essentials, such as a towel, snacks and any necessary medications. Make sure it’s securely attached to your wheelchair.
Buddy System: Think about any additional assistance or support you might require. Will you need to bring along carers or family/friends to assist with equipment or transfers.
Beach Accessibility: Before heading to the beach, check for accessible parking, ramps, pathways and beach facilities like accessible restrooms. Many beaches now offer improved accessibility features.
Enjoy the View: Take the time to soak in the stunning beach views and appreciate the sounds of the waves. Relax and relish the tranquillity that the beach offers.
Respect the Environment: Be mindful of the environment and follow proper beach etiquette. Dispose of your trash in designated bins and avoid disturbing wildlife or fragile ecosystems.
Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) organise “Come Try Surfing” days from October to March/April (register to attend). Contact the branch to ensure that beach wheelchairs will be available on the day.
There are 19 branches around Australia. A team of volunteers are there to guide and help you from start to finish ensuring that you have a fun surf experience and leave the beach happy!
To find an event near you check out the branches page. Many of the properties in this article are located very close to the action.
Accessible Accommodation have several holiday accommodation locations around Australia offering onsite or nearby beach wheelchair hire and accessible beaches information.
Click on the links above. You can book a property online via the orangeBOOK HEREbutton. Our team can also arrange NDIS STA packages, please call us to discuss your requirements.
Sharron Marshall – Accessible Accommodation
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