August 5, 2015 | 9:01 am | By Pants Up Easy
Just because you are a wheelchair user doesn’t mean that you have to be confined to a life spent indoors. There are a number of outdoor adventures that you can participate in if you have the right set up. Today’s wheelchairs are designed with the user’s needs in mind, so they are often more easily maneuvered in a variety of situations than the wheelchairs of the past. Below you will find five outdoor adventures that you can take part in as a wheelchair user.
Fishing is a great way to get outdoors and feel as if you are one with nature. It’s also a great activity for wheelchair users who may not be into quite so much physical activity. As long as you have a chair that can handle uneven terrain, you can make your way out to a local pond or lake for a relaxing day of fishing.
Getting out of your comfort zone and sailing out into fresh blue waters is an adventure that doesn’t have to be out of reach for wheelchair users. The International Association for Disabled Sailing is the worldwide governing body for disabled sailing, and a great resource for more information on how to get started in your sailing adventures. They also have information regarding racing and competing in sailing at the Paralympic level.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a wheelchair basketball league in your area. There are several chairs that are designed specifically with sports such as basketball in mind, and you could test out your interest in the chair you already have if need be. Basketball is an excellent way to feel active and a part of a team, so it’s a great activity for wheelchair users to partake in.
Snow skiing may be a sport that you think of as totally off limits as a wheelchair user. However, the good news is today there are specialized chairs that can get you back on the slopes if that is something you desire. There are many different types of skiing that can be attempted, depending on your needs as well as your disability. There are also several ski resorts around the country that have created accessibility routes with wheelchair users in mind.
Wheelchair tennis is a great sport to get into for active wheelchair users. Aside from the use of wheelchairs, not much is different from a regular tennis match. The balls, court, and racket are all the same size – however, the ball may bounce twice. Tennis is an official Paralympic sport, and it has become quite popular worldwide. There are specially crafted wheelchairs made for sports played on a court that would be an excellent investment should you choose to take up the sport.
Life in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you need to give up your adventurous spirit. With modern technologies you can now tackle nearly any outdoor escapade that your heart desires. Reach out to other wheelchair users in your area to find out more about your options locally, and get ready to live your life to the fullest.