Here's some tips I've discovered for accessing the water around Melbourne this summer.
1. Accessible beaches
Altona and Williamstown beaches are trialling accessible points at their beaches this summer.
Rubber matting will be laid out along the sand. The trial will be managed by the Altona Swimming and Life Saving club, and the Williamstown lifesaving club.
The mats reportedly cover the soft sand, allowing people using wheelchairs, walking aids and prams to more easily get down to the hard sand. Let me know if you check it out!
The mats will be available on weekends, during life saving hours, from this weekend til March 27. All the details are on the council website.
A Sandcruiser beach chair will be available for hire
There will also be a Sandcruiser beach wheelchair for free trial to get from the sand to the water, but I imagine this may be an adult size, and not suitable for everyone. Book it at: 9932 1109 or email@example.com during business hours, or on weekends phone the Altona Life Saving Club on 0425 727 125. All details, including loan agreements, on the council's beach accessibilty website.
Other accessible beaches?
This is also happening in Lake Macquarie, NSW and the Disabled Surfers Association are working on making beaches more accessible across Australia, and offer come and try days.
If you know of another great accessible beach, please let me know! We could create a great little directory to help us get our toes sandy this summer.
"Have wheelchair will travel"
This family have a fantastic blog called "Have wheelchair will travel" and show the great fun they have, and some their solutions to accessibility puzzles. This is their facebook page for more info.
Keen for some ideas?
If you're wanting to get into the water, and havn't before, or could do with some help and ideas to build your confidence getting in yourself or swimming with a carer, that's where I can help with aquatic physiotherapy.
While we only provide aquatic physiotherapy sessions for babies, children and young people, we are happy to provide a few aquatic physiotherapy sessions to help with people of any age getting confident in getti