Adaptive Water Sports and COVID-19

Summer is almost here and for many, that means spending time in the water! With states slowly lifting stay-at-home orders, there are more opportunities to get outside and do something fun. Although group sports aren’t currently an option, there are still ways you can get exercise while maintaining social distancing recommendations.

Adaptive Water Skiing

If you live near a body of water that can accommodate a high-speed boat, try adaptive water skiing. Once you learn the basics, you can participate with your loved ones. The best part is, you can practice social distancing because you are a safe distance from the person driving the boat. There is a wide array of equipment available that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience this fast-paced sport. Learn more about adaptive water skiing.

Adaptive Swimming

While public pools may not be open at this time, if you have your own pool, you can swim right at home. If you don’t already know how to swim, we recommend starting off by taking private lessons or getting a coach. Working one-on-one with someone who is experienced can help you figure out your best streamline and start learning strokes. While those parts of your lessons will be tailored to your body type and abilities, other parts of swimming like breathing, comfort, balance and reach are the same for all swimmers. It won’t be long before you’re swimming alongside those in quarantine with you! Read more about adaptive swimming.

Adaptive Surfing

If you live near the ocean, some beaches are reopening, making it possible to go surfing. Like swimming and water skiing, surfing has been adapted for wheelchair users so that people of all abilities can participate. Surfing is also an independent sport, meaning that it can be done on your own. Whether you surf alone or with anyone who has been quarantining with you, you can still practice social distancing on the water while having fun. Before you go surfing, there are a few things you may need. Check out our article about adaptive surfing for more information.

Having to stay at home and away from loved ones for an extended period of time can be difficult.  Because of this, it’s important to do activities that boost your mood, such as exercising. You know what they say when life gets tough: Just keep swimming!


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